A Recap of NSSBE 70th Anniversary Weekend Celebration and Annual Gala

A Recap of NSSBE 70th Anniversary Weekend Celebration and Annual Gala

The NSSBE 70th Anniversary Weekend Celebration Honoring Rabbi Vernon and Bryna Kurtz was a resounding success! Beginning with the Friday night Shabbat Dinner, continuing with scholar in residence Rabbi Golinkin, and concluding with the gala dinner, our congregation turned out in force! Nearly 1,500 members participated in the weekend festivities that celebrated our milestone anniversary as well as our beloved Rabbi Kurtz and his wife Bryna. Kol Hakavod to the staff and lay leadership that worked tirelessly to make this weekend so special. Below are remarks by Rabbi Kurtz and Rabbi Golinkin expressing their gratitude. Also, please enjoy photos of the gala celebration found below!

Expression of Gratitude from Rabbi Kurtz:


Words cannot express our gratitude to the staff, congregants and all those who were part of the 70th anniversary weekend and gala. From Friday night services through Shabbat and Sunday night Bryna and I were uplifted by your love and your devotion to this congregation and community. It was a weekend we will long remember.

We thank all those who spent countless hours to make sure that everything was perfect (and it was). We thank all those who attended the events of the weekend and made it so special. We thank those who were sponsors, took out ads and contributed to our Vision 70 campaign.

We feel honored to have been part of this community and your lives for so many years and I have been very privileged to have been your rabbi for all that time. While we are looking forward to the next part of our life’s journey we know Beth El will always be part of our lives.

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. May we share only good news and joyous events with one another in the future.

Rabbi Vernon Kurtz

From Rabbi David Golinkin:

Dear Friends,

It was an honor and privilege to speak at Beth El in honor of Rabbi Vernon and Bryna Kurtz and of the 70th anniversary of your vibrant shul. May you go from strength to strength!

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Warm regards,

Rabbi David Golinkin
The Schechter Institutes, Inc.


Dinner Chairs

Wendy & Steve Abrams
Pearl & Joel Kagan
Jenna & David Smiley

Event Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors
Mr. & Mrs. Gilbert Bogen
Lois & Donald Chudacoff
Cheryl & Carey Cooper & Julie & Colman Kraff
Marilyn Hirsch & Gary Gordon

Fran & Mark Levy
Bobbie & Len Tenner

Diamond Sponsors
Barbara & David Hoffman

Gold Sponsors
Gail & Andrew Brown
Judy & Arthur Coren
Nancy & Maury Fertig
Janice & David Lasky
Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
Margaret & Alan Silberman

Silver Sponsors
Bernice & Buddy Cohen
June Back Frydman
Mindy & Jeffrey Gordon
Barbara & Stuart Hochwert
Ramah Camps
Sara & Michael D. Sher
Howard Turner

Bronze Sponsors
Susan & Joseph Ament
Carol & Gordy Derman
Pearl & Joel Kagan
Jane & Scott Lederman
Erica & Zachary Lindon
Sandy Starkman & Larry Pachter
Marcie & Brad Pickard
Janet & Gary Resnick
Robin & David Small
Judith & Richard Zelin

Gala Committee:

Cheryl & Ted Banks
Lawrence Becker
Karen & Scott Bieber
Annette & Jerry Blumberg
Barbara & Jack Blumberg
JoAnne Blumberg
Leah & Jori Brajer
Gail & Andrew Brown
Rita & Jerry Buckman
Iris & Bobby Center
Rachel & Marc Dorfman
Adrienne Eckerling
Kim & Eric Ephraim
Wendi & Michael Ezgur
Ruth Fischer
Elise & Ira Frost
Nina & Mark Gaines
Sharon & Harris Goldenberg
Stacy & Jeff Goldsmith
Hilary & Allan Greenberg
Debby & Ron Hahamy
Jennifer & Josh Herz
Marilyn Hirsch and Gary Gordon
Barbara & Stuart Hochwert
Helene & Herb Isaacs
Sandi Kaplan
Karen & Michael Kesner
Roberta & Jeffrey Kwall
Jane & Scott Lederman
Diane & Steve Levin
Marcie & Ken Levin
Arielle & Victor Levitan
Fran & Mark Levy
Erica & Zachary Lindon
Sheryl & Stuart Lipnick
Dina & Trevor Lissoos
Jackie & Michael Melinger
Michelle Gooze-Miller & Adam Miller
Danielle & Jonathan Pearl
Marcie & Brad Pickard
Debra Rade
Holly & Jonathan Reinsdorf
Debra & Ira Rosenberg
Lisa & Jeff Rosenkranz
Mally & Alan z”l Rutkoff
Pamela & Richard Schlosberg
Lynn & Skip Schrayer
Dawn Sidney & Gordon Schwartz
Frances & Steve Shapiro
Marilyn & Rod Slutzky
Sandy Starkman & Larry Pachter
Mira & Darryl Temkin
Bobbie & Len Tenner
Howard Turner
Diane & Loren Weil
Larry Weiner
Judy & Richard Zelin*

Ad Book and Publicity Committees:

Dana Atlas, Leah Brajer, Kim Ephraim, Stacy Goldsmith, Dina Lissoos, Arielle Levitan*, Jackie Melinger, Sandy Starkman, Mira Temkin*


Gala Vendors:

ArtQuest, LTD, florist
Big Top Tent & Party Rentals, LLC
Bites of Pleasure
Cagan Music LLC, Don Cagan
Circle of Life Catering, Avram Pachter
Danzinger Kosher Catering USA, LLC
Designer Event Chicago,*Lindsay Stein Cohen, Katie Goggin
*Eli’s Cheese Cake
Emma’s Bagel Café
Five Star Valet
Highland Pop
Houston Security
Midtown Distribution
North Shore Kosher Bakery
North Shore Photo, Gretchen Niedermaier
Shalom Kosher Bakery
Sharper Dot Printing
Tables of Elegance
Xpress Video
Zelda’s Catering

*donated goods/services