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In Honor of Janet Finkel (September 2016)

11/03/2016 10:37:31 AM

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As Rabbi of B’nai Jacob, I wanted to add these accolades in honor of our dear Janet!

I have had the honor of knowing Janet for 12 years. She always has a smile and has been a true cheer leader to me, this congregation and community.

Janet seeks our welfare not just sometime, but all the time. Who else is the first to call you if you are not feeling well, or just to wish you a Shabbat Shalom or a Mazel Tov, or just to say hello, how are you and what’s new?

Who else is the first to run to the hospital or to one’s home if there is sickness or sadness?

And who else do you know that always says yes, when asked to help the congregation, the Jewish community, family, friends and yes, even acquaintances?

Indeed, Janet is the representative of Thoughtful Thursdays and volunteerism in our congregation, by her actions.

And, when it comes to what is yosher, what is right, Janet is unafraid to address a meeting of the Board of our congregation, our Jewish Federation, and any organization with which she has served, to say: “We have to do that which is right, that which is menchlich.”

Who else embodies the beautiful countenance of what Janet terms, the Shabbos Panim, which she lavishes in praise of others?  

For our Janet has served as a member of the Synagogue Board for over 10 years, as well as a member of the Education Committee, an unofficial fundraiser for both the Synagogue and the kitchen. As one member of our congregation put it: “Janet was the one who would schnorre money when our coffers were not full. ”

Some of you may have been in her pre-school, run by the Jewish Federation, where she was affectionately known as "Bubbe Janet".

It is no wonder, then, that a few years ago Audrey Gerson and her family established the Janet Finkel Campership Fund in honor of Janet Finkel. For they and all of us know that to help youngsters go to a Jewish Camp or to a Music Camp is a great love of Janet’s.  

 

 

And thus, it is no wonder that Janet embodies the Goldie DuBow Award that she is receiving.

 

My Bracha, I pray for you, Janet, is found in Isaiah 40:31:

But those who put their hope in the Lord shall renew [their] vigor, they shall raise wings as eagles; they shall run and not weary, they shall walk and not tire.”

Amen.

Rabbi Mitchell Kornspan

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