Kerem Shalom Celebrates 30th Birthday

To commemorate Kerem Shalom’s 30th birthday, festivities began with a special shabbat service honoring founding families on February 7, 2020.  Former Board presidents Cherry Muse and Lloyd Simon and Board president Elisabeth Sackton shared memories on the history and growth of the synagogue and thanked founding families for the role they have played in Kerem Shalom’s success. Congregants were treated to a presentation by the Kerem Shalom ASL choir, directed by Rabbi Darby Leigh, and the service was followed by a festive “oneg” celebration. 

The following evening, a reception was held for the community featuring music by Acton Music Project, dancing, and raffle prizes. Former President, David Orlinoff served as master of ceremonies and invited others to come to the microphone to share their thoughts and memories.

Those who were so moved included  former Board presidents, Susan Markson, Paul Waldeck, Marty Plotkin, and Amir Viskin; capital campaign chair Neil Markson; and other members of the congregation. KS Cantor Rosalie Gerut moved the crowd with a beautiful song she had written for Kerem Shalom’s building dedication. A slideshow with photos from the building’s dedication took celebrants down memory lane over the past three decades of the congregation’s history. The community enjoyed appetizers and desserts prepared by the Kerem Shalom Volunteer Catering Crew, with delicious additions from donors. 

Kerem Shalom thanks the following sponsors for making the 30th celebration so special: Dee Funeral Home, Barrett Sotheby’s International Realty, Welsh & Parker Insurance, and Beckwith & Brown Accountants; raffle prize donors Barrett Sotheby’s International Realty, Papa Razzi, Chang An, and Idylwilde Farms; and contributors Acton Music Project, Bakers’ Best Catering, Concord Teacakes, Debra’s Natural Gourmet, Verrill Farm, and Via Lago, Lexington.

Read about Kerem Shalom’s 30th birthday celebration in the Concord Journal!