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Congregation AABJ&D  Shul Dinner Tuesday Evening, May 1, 2018 at 6:30 PM at the Wilshire Grand Hotel


Helen & Jeff Lichtman, Guests of Honor
Jeff and Helen are Psychologists who have served the Jewish community in professional and lay capacities for many years.  Jeff is the Director of Yachad, the National Jewish Council for Disabilities that promotes inclusion.  Yachad brings individuals with disabilities together with other children and adults in the mainstream Jewish community.  Yachad has chapters across the United States, Canada and Israel Yachad has several Shabatonim that are hosted in our community each year, including the Yad B’Yad Shabbaton.  Yad B’Yad is a unique program that brings a large group of teens and individuals with special needs to Israel for the summer. Jeff is a past Chairman of the Board of Education and a previous President of the Kushner schools, and continues to serve on their board. Daniella and Steven Esses live in West Orange and are both active embers of our shul Helen was the chief Psychologist of the Kiryas Joel Chassidic Public School District for many years and has a private practice that serves the community. She also serves as a consultant to Yachad’s New Jersey Adult and Vocational Services Program, where she has been lending her professional expertise in psychology and special education to their staff in developing their vocational and social skills curriculum. The Lichtmans have three children, Daniella, Jeremy and Adina.   Daniella and Steven Esses live in West Orange and are both active members of our shul.  The five Esses children are either current or past students in our nursey school.



Michele & David Glazer, Rabbi Alvin & Marylin Marcus Keter Shem Tov Award
Michele and David were both born and raised in Passaic, New Jersey.  After they were married they were both working in Essex County.  They knew that West Orange was well known for being a wonderful community with an exceptional Orthodox shul.  The Marcus’ reputation was a strong draw, and so, West Orange it was and still is, after 40 years.  “Absolutely no regrets, only warm, special memories.”  They raised their three children in West Orange – Dara, Josh and Rachel who all graduated from our shul’s school, receiving diplomas from Rabbi Marcus.  David has been a practicing attorney for 42 years, starting out as an Assistant Essex County Prosecutor.  Michele taught kindergarten in the East Orange public schools for 13 years, taught ballet in the basement of her home, and then began teaching at the nursery school.  Michele first taught the 2s, then the 3s and after 8 years was asked to become the director. Michele and David are especially touched to be receiving the Rabbi Alvin and Marylin Marcus Keter Shem Tov   Award, since Rabbi Marcus was very much involved in the establishment and ongoing success of the nursery school. It was also Rabbi Marcus who fortuitously was strongly responsible for Michele becoming director.  “It was a wonderful run – 28 years teaching, including 20 years as director”. They look forward to additional family time with their children and seven grandchildren. 


Robyn & Bruce Shoulson, Lifetime Achievement Award
Robyn and Bruce have lived in West Orange for more than 40 years.  The Shoulsons have been deeply involved not only in our shul and town, but also in the Jewish community across New Jersey.  Bruce has been involved in AABJ&D in many capacities, which include member of the Board of Trustees, First Vice President, Gabbai, chair of the Religious and Legal committees, and member of the Building Expansion committee.  Bruce served on the YU-REITS board, as well as, several MetroWest boards which include Federation, JCC, Daughters of Israel, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey.  He was President and Board Chair of the Hebrew Youth Academy (now JKHA).  Bruce provided pro-bono legal representation to some 35 institutions, organizations and groups including shuls, mikvaot, day schools and yeshivot in more than 16 New Jersey communities including our own West Orange mikvah and eruv.  For many years Bruce has lained Megillat Esther in the Beit Midrash with a dramatic flair.  Robyn has served in various capacities in our shul.  She has ben a member of the Board of Trustees, Chevra Kadisha, editor of the Chronicle and dinner journals, and performed in sisterhood plays.  Robyn delivers shiurim for both our shul and our local Amit chapter.  Every Shabbat Robyn dresses fashionably to portray the theme of the Parsha.  See if you can identify the theme when you see her on Shabbat in shul.  Robyn and Bruce have three children, Mark, Jeffrey and Adina and eight grandchildren.



Dinner Co–Chairs: Harvey Bell, Larry Rein, Phyllis & Moshe Roth, Sandra & Norman Samuels

Dinner Committee: Andrea & Bryan Bier, Larry Liebman

Solicitation Committee: Harvey Bell, Andrea & Bryan Bier, Debra Bassan, David Cherna, Johanna & Yoav Djebali, Arthur Dubroff, Steven Esses, Rich Finkelstein, Naomi & Chaim Goldman, Stephen Isler, Rich Kelin, Susan Lando, Moshe Levi, Larry Liebman, Michael Luxenberg, Larry Rein, Phyllis & Moshe Roth, Ken Saibel, Larry Schiffman, Yossi Yarkony, Andrew Yolin, Michelle & Greg Zuckerman

Sat, December 15 2018 7 Tevet 5779