Tikvat Israel Congregation

A Conservative Synagogue in Rockville, MD

Sally Kram, Rod Matheson to be Feted on Simchat Torah as Our Congregation’s Volunteers of the Year

In recognition of their volunteer leadership in various aspects of Tikvat Israel’s life, Sally Kram and Rodney Matheson will be honored as the 5779 Kallat Bereshit and Chattan Torah on Simchat Torah.

Their recognition on the holiday, which takes place on Tuesday, Oct. 2, will include special aliyot during the Torah service as well as a luncheon in their honor following services in the social hall. (Donations toward the luncheon may be sent to the synagogue office.)

Literally “the bride of the beginning” and “groom of the Torah,” the Kallat Bereshit and Chattan Torah awards are presented each year to two deserving Tikvat Israel congregants or staff members who have made significant contributions to the synagogue’s spiritual, educational and/or cultural life.

In notifying the two about this fall’s recognition, Executive Director Sam Freedenberg said, “They’ve both been leaders and innovators over the last several years and ‘above and beyonders’ whom we can really count on and who enhance the life of our community in so many ways.”

Brief profiles of both award winners can be read in the Bulletin on page 4.