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RELIGION BRIEFS Offering a thumbs up after their installation and blessing June 7 are new Temple Emanu-El board members (front row, from left) Ethel Gross, Dr. Neil Warren, Ken Marsh, Michael Richker, Gloria Weed, Kim Sheintal, (second row, from left) Neil Klaber, Marsha Powell, Harry Lifsec, Sharon Kunkel, Marian Raupp, Dan Carter, (top row, from left) Jim Germer and Rabbi Brenner J. Glickman. Contributed photo TEMPLE EMANU-EL HONORS OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEERS Outstanding volunteers at Temple Emanu-El were feted after Shabbat services Friday evening, June 7, at the congregation's annual Awards Dinner, the Temple has announced. More than 100 Temple members and guests gathered in the synagogue's social hall after worship services to share a Shabbat meal and honor the five Volunteers of the Year as well as the four Recognition Awards winners. Named as Volunteers of the Year were Jeannie Sorgen for her exceptional commitment to Temple Emanu-El Religious School; Dorothy Kirsner, who spent more than 400 hours annually assisting in the Temple office; Diane Browne-Sterdt, who, with her husband, Phil, makes weekly visits to every homebound Temple member; Dan Barwick, who chaired the Temple's Rick Recht concert last spring; and Rabbi Allan Schwartzman, who volunteered for five years as Temple Emanu-El's spiritu- al leader whenever Rabbi Brenner Glickman was out of town, a news release says. Receiving Recognition Awards were Bruce Zalkin, Ethel Gross, Marsha Powell and Dan Carter. The evening also featured the formal installation of Temple Emanu-El's new board members, who were called to the pulpit for a special blessing from Rabbi Glickman, and remarks on the state of the Temple by President Michael Richker, the release notes. "We are truly in this together," Richker said. "The year that passed presented challenges that were met by the help of hundreds of volunteers and a dedicated board of trustees and officers. And as we face the challenges ahead, your board, your officers and I pledge to keep Emanu-El the best temple in Florida!" The Awards Dinner was chaired by Annabelle Wolter, herself a past Volunteer of the Year, the news release adds.

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