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posted: 6/19/2013 1:04 PM

Beth Judea presents Lifetime Achievement Award

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  • Ronna Leibach, recipient of Congregation Beth Judea's Lifetime Achievement Award.

    Ronna Leibach, recipient of Congregation Beth Judea's Lifetime Achievement Award.
    Courtesy of Congregation Beth Judea

Submitted by Congregation Beth Judea

A Service Awards dinner was held at Congregation Beth Judea in mid-June honoring several congregants who have contributed time and energy to the congregation.

Rabbi Jeff Pivo specifically chose Ronna Leibach to receive this year's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Leibach, over many years, has given unselfishly of her time toward the betterment of Congregation Beth Judea. She has served as an at-large member on its board of directors, as well as an officer and as vice president of Social Action.

She coedited the Sisterhood cookbook, L'Chaim, and served on the synagogue's Strategic Planning Committee.

Most importantly, Leibach has been the driving force behind Beth Judea's annual Mitzvah Day program, bringing together many volunteers of all ages to engage in mitzvah work that has benefited many diverse recipients, including soldiers overseas.

During the past year, Leibach has also volunteered her time as a Beth Judea representative in the congregation's communitywide attempt to reach out to unaffiliated Jewish families with young children.

The purpose of this prestigious award is to recognize a specific congregant who has dedicated his/her talents and resources on behalf of the synagogue for many years.

Leibach lives in Buffalo Grove, has three adult children and three grandchildren.

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