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Congregation Beth Judea presents Outstanding Service awards

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Submitted by Debbie Mills

Congregation Beth Judea, Long Grove, will be honoring the following congregants for service above and beyond in helping to make Congregation Beth Judea a warm and welcoming place for its members.

Beth Judea will celebrate the special contributions of these congregants June 28, during a lay led Shabbat service, along with honoring incoming and outgoing general board members. The service begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by and extended Kiddush.

Board Member of the Year is Bruce Entman, who has been an integral part of the Personnel Committee. Through the process of setting negotiating parameters and participating in personnel negotiations, Entman always has what is best for Congregation Beth Judea in the forefront.

Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Floyd Babbit, who has been a member of the synagogue since 1969. He has served on the board of directors, including as vice president of finance during a period when the synagogue was going through a difficult time.

Floyd has remained active in many aspects of synagogue life by attending services daily, providing good counsel to leadership, engaging in quiet acts of philanthropy and always looking out for the needs of others. The constancy of his presence, his concern for the community and each individual in it, plus his willingness to help, have led to this honor.

Outstanding Service awards will also be bestowed upon three non-board members, who have provided exemplary service to Congregation Beth Judea during the previous 12 months:

• Allyson Marcus, who has been instrumental in leading this year's successful young families program, helping to make a warm and inviting place for these families with young children.

• Kimberly Levy, who has been an active member of the social action committee. She is the chair of Congregation Beth Judea's PADS program, helping to coordinate the organizing of volunteers to prepare and serve food. She works hard to get food donated to help the hungry. Levy was also involved in JUF's helping hands program, winter clothing drive and the Hebrew School's Mitzvah drive.

• Lance Pacernick, who has been an active member on the Membership and Education committees, among others. He attends most social events and is always ready and willing to offer help and support when needed. Pacernick is also instrumental in launching the Beyachad Hebrew High School Program.

An RSVP for this special Shabbat service would be preferred by Monday, June 16, to Lisa Neiman at the synagogue office, (847) 634-0777 or

Congregation Beth Judea is an egalitarian conservative synagogue at Route 83 and Hilltop Road, in Long Grove. Congregation Beth Judea offers a full slate of Judaic spiritual, educational and family programs to the community.

Beth Judea is led by Rabbi Jeff Pivo and Hazzan Roger Weisberg. Information on Congregation Beth Judea can also be found at or by calling (847) 634-0777.

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