The North Shore, and Greater Boston, are blessed with dedicated, compassionate rabbis. Being a rabbi is a 24-hour job – the job never stops. And over the last two years during the pandemic, the pressures of the job have been intense. During the height of COVID some rabbis were overseeing two funerals a day even as they navigated shifting COVID safety protocols, which redefined how people grieve. Mourners attended online funerals and took part in Zoom shivas. Zoom minyans and Shabbat services became the norm.
Over the last two years, our area rabbis have worked day and night to stay connected to congregants, and to the greater community. On June 14, the Jewish Journal will honor 14 spiritual leaders with a special gala at Congregation Shirat Hayam in Swampscott. The rabbis who have been featured in the Journal’s “Honorable Menschions” column are Rabbi Alison Adler, Temple B’nai Abraham, Beverly; Rabbi Marc Baker, president, Combined Jewish Philanthropies; Rabbi Sruli Baron, Tobin Bridge Chabad, Everett; Rabbi Bernie Horowitz, Temple Ner Tamid, Peabody; Rabbi David Kudan, Temple Tiferet Shalom, Peabody; Cantor Seth Landau, Congregation Sons of Israel, Peabody; Rabbi Steven Lewis, Temple Ahavat Achim, Gloucester; Rabbi Yossi Lipsker, Chabad of the North Shore, Swampscott; Rabbi Howard Mandell, Congregation Beth Israel, Andover; Rabbi David Meyer, Temple Emanu-El, Marblehead; Rabbi Richard Perlman, Temple Ner Tamid, Peabody; Rabbi Michael Ragozin, Congregation Shirat Hayam, Swampscott; Rabbi Nechemia Schusterman, Chabad of Peabody; and Rabbi Michael Schwartz, Temple Sinai, Marblehead.
The event also serves as the Journal’s main annual fundraiser. All of the funds raised for the “Menschions and Martinis” event – which will include appetizers, hors d’oeuvres and dessert – will be used to bolster our publication’s journalism, and allow us to continue to print and mail over 10,000 free papers 30 times a year to subscribers. The Journal serves as a central link to Greater Boston Jewry, and with just one-third of all Jewish and interfaith families affiliating with a temple or Jewish institution, the Journal serves as the sole Jewish connection for thousands of families who otherwise would have no ties to the community. Your donation will help keep our paper free, and our community connected.
Please join us in honoring our rabbis by attending the gala, and also by supporting the Journal. As a nonprofit, your gift is tax deductible. Tickets and greeting ads for a Special Tribute Section can be purchased online here. Thank you for your support and we hope to see you on June 14.