Updated: June 4, 2012 10:54AM
Circle of Service Honoree named
B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim’s Sisterhood (BJBE) (Deerfield) recently announced their 2012 YES Fund Circle of Service Honoree, Terri Argentar of Northbrook.
Terri Argentar will be honored at the annual YES Fund Circle of Service event to be held at noon on May 20 at the congregation’s building at 1201 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield.
Argentar was born and raised in Chicago. After graduating from Roosevelt University she worked in public accounting and then became controller of a direct mail firm in Schaumburg. She retired in 2006 after thirty years with the firm.
Argentar and her husband Stuart were founding members of Temple Chai in Long Grove. In 1988 they became members of BJBE in Deerfield. She has served as president of both congregations as well as president of BJBE Sisterhood and Women of Reform Judaism Midwest District. At this time she is serving a second term as president of BJBE.
Argentar has volunteered as a docent at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie since its opening in 2009.
Through the YES Fund, Women of Reform Judaism, the Sisterhood’s parent group, is able to provide financial assistance for rabbinical and cantorial students, youth, and organizations throughout the Reform/Progressive Jewish Movement.
Cost for the event is $36 as a YES Fund donation + $10 to offset the meal cost. For more information contact BJBE at (847) 940-7575 or online at www.bjbe.org.
Rabbi represents synagogue in New Jersey
Rabbi Aaron Braun represented Northbrook Community Synagogue at the Yom Ha Shoah ceremony held at The Jewish Center in Princeton, N.J. April 22. Rabbi Braun will become the spiritual leader at Northbrook Community Synagogue beginning this summer.
Yom Ha Shoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, reunited all seven Torah scrolls from the small town of Susice, Czechoslovakia. Before the Holocaust, this Jewish community was the proud owner of all of the seven sacred scrolls. One of the recovered Torahs from Susice is on permanent loan to Northbrook Community Synagogue and was sent to Princeton as part of the reunion of all seven torah scrolls from Susice.
The entire community and the synagogue in that town were destroyed by the Nazis in World War II. The Jews of Susice were sent to the concentration camp, Terezinstadt, where many of those Jewish people met their demise. The community’s Torah scrolls were recovered and eventually sent to communities in North America. One found its way to the Jewish Center in Princeton, N.J. The Jewish Center celebrated the reunion of all seven torah scrolls from this small community. The celebration was marked with music, dancing and storytelling. Hana Gruna, one of the oldest surviving members of the Susice Jewish community, joined in the celebration.
“It was really a powerful experience that I’m happy I was able to attend,” said Rabbi Braun.