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Meyer W. Nathans Volunteer Appreciation Shabbat

Fri, May 19, 2023 • 6:00 PM7:00 PM


This Shabbat we will be presenting The Meyer W. Nathans Service Award which recognizes individuals for their outstanding contribution of service over many years to the Congregation.  We will turn this Shabbat service into a Service of Service, celebrating the hundreds from our congregation who volunteer their time, talent, and wisdom to leadership, committees, volunteerism, Minyan, and personal support. We invite everyone to join us as we honor all those who build and shape this sacred community together!

This Year’s Meyer W. Nathans Honoree

We are delighted this year to honor Annette Orenstein, beloved congregant and Trustee of the Board, with the Meyer W. Nathans Service Award. Her commitment to social responsibility knows no bounds and she lives out the ethic of this award each and every day. 

Named for Meyer “Mike” Nathans who inspired congregants to devote their talents to the welfare of our synagogue, Annette exemplifies what it means to be an engaged and active lay leader and member of our community. Seeing the needs of so many in our city, Annette has jumped in with her full self, working tirelessly to help asylum seekers and refugees rebuild their lives in New York City. Her many efforts include co-chairing the Synagogue Coalition for the Refugee and Immigration Crisis where she is now the CRS rep, sponsoring and providing ongoing support for a Venezuelan family of eight, and preparing and serving a weekly breakfast for 300 asylum seekers at The Church of Saint Paul and Saint Andrew. Annette coordinated an incredible and inspiring lunch for those in need at CRS this year, serving delicious home-cooked food to 70 people of all ages and engaging many CRS members to create a welcoming atmosphere.

As our Social Action chair, Annette makes sure our efforts are focused on doing good out in the world, always inspiring us to do more in the name of tikkun olam, repairing our broken world. Annette and her husband, Steven Polivy, have been members since 2015. She has been a Trustee since 2019 and Officer since 2022.  

Everyone is welcome—no membership is necessary.

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