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  • . . . to do justice, and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8

    A Retirement Tribute to Rabbi Stephen H. Pinsky

    Temple Beth Torah June 1, 2013

  • Message from the Co-Chairs of the Rabbi Pinsky Retirement Tribute Committee

    When we were asked to co-chair Rabbi Pinsky's Retirement Tribute Committee, we were both honored to be chosen. We knew the importance of giving Rabbi Pinsky a farewell befitting his loyal and dedicated service. We realized that we shared a common goal, to ensure that Rab-bi Pinsky would have the special weekend he so deserves. It didn't take long for us to devel-op a wonderful friendship making it such a pleasure to plan these events together. Over the past year, we have had the opportunity to get to know Rabbi Pinsky and his wife Lisa on a deeper level and that has been a blessing. One of the things that we have enjoyed the most is reading the tributes to Rabbi Pinsky as they came in from all over the country. It is clear that he has walked life's path with all of us. We want to personally thank each and every one of you for sharing your kind words and for giving so generously to the Rabbi Stephen H. Pinsky Tribute Fund. Rabbi Pinsky once said "A rabbi's world is his or her people. . ." He has given much of his strength, wisdom and love to so many people. It is evident that Rabbi Pinsky's world will continue after his retirement. We would also like to share our thanks with our hard working committee who put in many hours and ideas to make this weekend possible. This eventful weekend would not have hap-pened without you. Thank you Amy Bergman, Cheryl Cordes, Ian Cordes, Rich Lebowitz, Louise Marks, Lorena Powell, Marcia Weber and Janna Zaidspiner. This letter would be re-miss without thanking Lois Pesaturo and Beth Tanner for all of their help and support in plan-ning this special tribute to Rabbi Pinsky. Lastly, we want to thank the entire Congregation of Temple Beth Torah for supporting us in this once in a lifetime happening. Rabbi Pinsky, may your retirement be all you want it to be. Please never forget you belong to a family of families. B'Shalom Mandy Rubenstein Sue Thornton Co-Chairperson Co-Chairperson


  • Our Rabbi Stephen H. Pinsky was born in New York City and grew up in the Riverdale section of the Bronx., graduated from the Bronx High School of Science and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He was ordained a Rabbi in Israel in 1971 by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity by his alma-mater in 1996. Rabbi Pinsky began his rabbinic career as the Assistant and then the Associate Rabbi of Temple Beth-El in Great Neck, New York. Five years later, he was named Rabbi of Temple Sinai of Bergen County located in Tenafly, New Jersey. In July 1981, Rabbi Pinsky was invited to become the Associate Rabbi of Temple Israel, Minnesotas largest congregation, with a membership of over two thousand households. He was elected Senior Rabbi of Temple Israel in 1986 and remained in that position until 1991 when he was named Regional Director of the Midwest Council of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations now known as the Union for Reform Judaism by the late Rabbi Alexander M. Schindler. In that capacity, he maintained contact with sixty-five congregations in the Unions Midwest Region stretching from Knoxville, Tennessee in the East to Grand Junction, Colorado and Casper, Wyoming in the West traveling widely from his office in St. Louis, Missouri. During his tenure in Minneapolis, Rabbi Pinsky was part of a national movement dedicated to moving Reform worship toward a more traditional style including a wider use of Hebrew in the liturgy, a greater emphasis on ritual as well as an increase in the depth and breadth of Jewish education for young people and adults. In the larger Minnesota community, Rabbi Pinsky was appointed to a committee by the late Governor Rudy Perpich whose purpose was to establish an institution which would serve the humanitarian needs of its citizens. Along with the Presidents of the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic, the Dean of the University of Minnesotas Law School and other state notables, Rabbi Pinsky helped establish the Center for the Victims of Torture which he later served as Co-Chair of its Board. The Center is now internationally recognized as a premier institution for serving the needs of a growing population of torture victims in the United States and worldwide. Rabbi Pinsky also served as State Chair of the Midwest Rhodes Scholarship Committee and on the boards of such diverse institutions as the Park-Nicollet Medical Foundation, the National Conference of Christians and Jews, the Bishop Preuss Leadership Award of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Alfred Adler Institute of Minnesota, Planned Parenthood of Minnesota and the famed Childrens Theater Company in Minneapolis. In addition, Rabbi Pinsky served as a member of the Joint Rabbinic Placement Commission of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and the Union of American Hebrew Congregations and two separate terms on the Joint Commission on Synagogue Music of the Reform Movement. One of his most significant accomplishments was helping to develop the Interfaith Circles program which was created to foster Christian Jewish dialogue which is still in use nationwide.


    Throughout his career, Rabbi Pinsky has been active in local and national activities, has an extensive history of commitment to both Jews and Christians and has been the recipient of numerous awards for his dedication to the community at large. While serving as the UAHC Regional Director in St. Louis, Rabbi Pinsky continued his work in community outreach by serving as Vice-President of the St. Louis Chapter of the American Jewish Congress, Secretary of the St. Louis Rabbinic Association and President of the Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis, the largest interfaith organization in Missouri. He also served on the Boards of the St. Louis Jewish Federation and its Jewish Community Relations Council.

    In July of 1996, Rabbi Stephen H. Pinsky became the spiritual leader of Temple Beth Torah in Wellington, Florida a Reform congregation serving the western communities of Palm Beach County and he was installed in his new position by Rabbi Schindler. During his seventeen years of leadership, Temple Beth Torah has more than doubled in size growing from two hundred to over four hundred fifty families. As the result of his dedication and caring, the congregation has become a premier congregation in South Florida and has served as a model for other mid-sized synagogues throughout the nation. It serves as an example of how a congregation can continue to grow yet remain committed to the spiritual, cultural and educational needs of its members. In Rabbi Pinskys own words: Temple Beth Torah is a congregation to which people come to heighten their joys and soften their sorrows. It is a mishpachat mishpachot a family of families committed to the values and traditions of our Reform movement and to its mission of reaching out to members and its community ldor vador from generation to generation.

    While serving the spiritual and pastoral needs of Temple Beth Torahs growing membership, Rabbi Pinsky continued his passion for interfaith dialogue and cooperation. He served for nine years as Co-Chair of the Interfaith Clergy Council of the Palm Beaches along with Sister Roberta Popara. He also served as President of the Palm Beach County Board of Rabbis, on the Executive Committee of the of the Jewish Community Relations Council and has served on the boards of the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee and Planned Parenthood of Palm Beach County. According to The Palm Beach Post, Rabbi Pinsky is considered to be one of the charismatic preachers of Palm Beach County.

    Rabbi Pinsky resides in Wellington with his wife, Lisa, who recently retired after sixteen years of service as Assistant Principal of the Arthur I. Meyer Jewish Academy in West Palm Beach. They are the proud parents of two grown children. Their son, Seth, currently serves as President of the New York City Economic Development Commission and his daughter-in-law, Angela, is the Executive Vice-President of the Real Estate Board of New York. They live in Park Slope, Brooklyn along with their son Theo who was born last Thanksgiving morning. Their daughter, Kira, and her husband, Seth Blakeley, live in Fort Collins, Colorado with their two daughters Ella, who is eight years old, and Sasha, who is five years old.


  • To everything there is a season, and a purpose under the sun May this new chapter in you and Lisas lives, bring to you peace in heart, mind and soul, and memories to last a lifetime. It has been our pleasure to have you for our spiritual leader. Fondly, Barbara and Art


    Thank you for your wisdom, sense of humor, ability to make each of us feel special and your dedication to Temple Beth Torah and the Jewish community.

    We wish you, Lisa and your beautiful family

    health and happiness.

    All our love,

    Scott, Mandy, Matthew & Andrew Rubenstein


  • Thanks for the memories !!! The Steinberg Family Seth, Elizabeth,

    Lauren, Andrew, & Allyson


    God directs our paths in life, the places we will go, the many ways our lives are changed by everyone we know...

    ...and sometimes He provides for us a very special friend whose love and understanding know no limit, know no end.

    Thank you for being a wonderful Rabbi, Person, and FRIEND!!!

    We could NEVER thank you enough for EVERYTHING you have done for our family and for my parents Murray and Beatrice Weinstein when they were ill and eventually passed away.

    We love you and will miss you dearly as our Rabbi

    Love, The Dimaiwat Family

    Edcel, Julie, Hannah, and Joshua


  • Rabbi, Joshua , Steven, Rebecca and Irene and Joel wish you all of the best as you begin the next phase of your life. You have been a great source of inspiration & peace to our family. Warmest Regards & Love, The Levine Family


    For the comfort, spiritual guidance and help that you have rendered to the Newman Family, we wish you the best in your retirement. You have been a rock and pillar of the temple. L. Mark Newman and the LM Newman Family Foundation


  • To our dear friend Rabbi Stephen Pinsky, How can we Thank you for you many years of guidance and friendship? Our lives have been immeasurably enriched by your leadership. You and Lisa will always be special members of our family. May you be blessed with good health, vitality and fulfillment in your next chapter. With Love and Admiration, The Children and Grandchildren and Great Grandchild of Rose and Marshall Yasuna


    To my wonderful old friend and great Rabbi May your well deserved retirement be filled with joy and with good deeds for which you are well known. I wish you and Lisa all that retired life brings to a man and woman of such esteem. Love, Richard Wolfman


  • To a wonderful Rabbi and an old and dear friend

    May your retirement be as fruitful and

    rewarding as your Rabbinate

    Stuart and Marian Gertman


    Sarah Franzblau


  • Mazel Tov on the completion of one chapter and beginning of the next one! We could not be more proud of you and all your accomplishments. We are sorry for Temple Beth Torahs loss, but thrilled that we will now get more of your time With Love and Affection, Your Family (Seth, Angela, Theo, Kira, Seth, Ella, Sasha and Kava)

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  • Rabbi Steven and Lisa, Best wishes for a happy healthy and long retirement for both of you. We are honored to call you our friends and will always treasure our relationship. With our love, Former Mayor Tom and Regis Wenham


    Tribute to Rabbi Stephen H. Pinsky: I have known Rabbi Pinsky ever since he was the Regional Director and I was the President of the Midwest Region of the UAHC. Naturally we had many problems to solve. Naturally we solved them magnificently well. Frequently there are some disagreements between a Rabbis leadership and the Reform leadership, but Rabbi Pinsky was a healer of spirit and spread love wherever he went. I know that he will continue to do this and more power to him! Paul Uhlmann, Jr.


  • Lisa and Stephen: It is not the place that honors the person but the person that honors the place. (Talmud Taanit 21b)

    You were among the first persons we met in Wellington when we were looking for a community. You helped us conclude that Wellington was the place for us and the rest is history Yasher Koach on your years of service to our congregation, our community and our movement. You have brought honor to this place with your caring, loving relationship with us all and it is our turn to honor you. May your lives continue to be blessed with good health and good fortune. We are all blessed to have arrived at this day together. Thank you for your friendship, your guidance, your encouragement and your leadership. With great affection, Earlene, Eric, Sara and Philip Bakerman


    In honor of our 25th wedding anniversary

    Andrew Schlein & Debra Weinstein


  • From the Kaplan Family Originally from Great Neck, now from Fairfax, VA, Buffalo, NY, Norwich, VT, Glen Ridge, NJ, Summit, NJ and Columbia, SC 3 Bar Mitzvahs, 2 Weddings and a lot of love and guidance over the years. With much love, gratitude and best wishes to Rabbi Steve and Lisa Saul & Susan, Bob & Jean, Aaron & Deb, Dan & Amy, Matt & Kim, Gene & Elena


    Lucian & Florica Ieremia


  • Thank you for seventeen wonderful years of spiritual leadership from the Temple Beth Torah

    Officers & Board of Trustees 2013 Officers President Sara Marcus Vice President Susan Kellner Vice President Philip Levine Treasurer Rich Lebowitz Secretary Marcia Weber Trustees Alisa Adler Alan Herzlin Heather Andrews Peggy Kroll Eric Bakerman Fran Lerner ZL Vicki Buckstein Diane Marks Marci Chaves Sherrie Rosen Cheryl Cordes Mandy Rubenstein Ian Cordes Steve Warner Stuart Hack Sylvia Windmueller Joel Zaidspiner Ex-Officio Trustees Immediate Past President Louis Marks Sisterhood Co-President Darlene Lebowitz/Andi Parker Brotherhood President Jeffrey Sharkey Youth Group President Alex Chaves


    From Preschool to Bat Mitzvah to Confirmation and Graduation, during our family joys and sorrows, from home to new home, with laughter and tears Always there for us, just a call away. Always available for anyone who needed you We love you dearly, miss you already and wish you & Lisa all the best Shelly, Brooke & Dara Sandler


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    In Honor of Rabbi Stephen H. Pinsky

    How does one go about paying tribute to a Rabbi who has touched both our lives and the lives of our children and grandchildren so profoundly?


    Rabbi, you exemplify such dedication, warmth, compassion, charisma, and courage that you not only have made a deep impact on all your congregants but on the Jewish community on the local, national and international levels.

    Even in the face of opposition you have remained steadfast in your beliefs and, thus served as a role model to all of us. You have very large shoes to fill and it is going to be very hard to find someone to take your place. Services at Temple Beth Torah will not be the same without your presence on the bimah. Selfishly we will miss you very much but we understand that need for you and Lisa to have more time for each other, your children and your grandchildren.

    We can only say Todah Rabah Rabbi, for all that you have given us. We hope and pray that you will have many years to enjoy all that life has to offer.

    Warmest wishes,

    Carol and Arnold Bergman


  • 15 years of friendship, spiritual leadership, laughs and tearstruly worth the move from

    Miami Shores Congratulations & all the best in the

    next chapter of your life.

    Fred and Jane Shuster


    Mazel Tov to

    Rabbi Stephen Pinsky Its our pride and pleasure to celebrate a lifetime of dedication to Judaism and the Jewish people, commitment to community,

    and love of family.

    With warm wishes and lots of love on this very special occasion.

    Yasher Koach from your family!

    Susan Asher Scott, Dana, Arielle & Juliana

    Larry, Janpei & Jeremiah Scott, Karen, Stephanie & Eric


  • Dear Rabbi Pinsky, You have been a true spiritual leader for us during the past fourteen years. You have been with us in times of sorrow and have shared our joys as well. We thank you for all that you have done and for your guidance in the past. We wish you joy and fulfillment as you journey through the next years together with Lisa. With affection Carol and Edward Cohen


    My Dear Stephen: Teacher, Guide and Friend Having been with you since our first meeting at the Rabbinical Search Committee in 1996, it has been one of my greatest privileges to have partnered with you in bringing our beloved congregation to a place of honor within the religious community and the Union for Reform Judaism. I am grateful for your initial guidance and constant encouragement in my work here at Temple Beth Torah and for our Reform Movement that we cherish so deeply. Your care and personal support of me and my family in good times and difficult times will remain with me always as an abiding benediction. May God grant you, Lisa and your entire family peace, love, wonderful health and much joy. Lshalom! Alan Dr. Alan Herzlin

    Past President, Temple Beth Torah

    Member, Board of Trustees, Union for Reform Judaism


  • Rabbi and Lisa The Shapiro family will miss you greatly. You have seen us through sad times and the best of times. We are forever grateful With Love, Ellen &Steven, Jennifer & Kevin, Taryn & Dan


    To Rabbi Pinsky

    Wishing you Good Luck and Good Health on your retirement

    To Stephen & Lisa

    HAPPY TRAVELING and don't forget


    Fondly, Helen F. Kaplan


  • Wishing Stephen and Lisa a retirement filled with health, happiness and no schedule in the

    warm sunshine

    Joyce and Ivan Portnoy and Family


    Mazel Tov on your retirement. We hope to share good things with your for

    many years to come.

    With great affection, Linda & Bennett Politzer


  • Thank you for your years of dedicated service to Temple Beth Torah.

    Your encouragement and support have meant more than mere words can express

    Love the Kellner Family


    With all of our love and good wishes on your retirement, we will miss you. You

    welcomed us into this community and made us feel as one of the family. Although you

    are retiring, you will still be a part of our family.

    Love, Mel & Judy Zupnick Toby, Felicia & Marcus Pina


  • Rabbi Pinsky, With our gratitude for your love and dedication to Temple Beth Torah and to our family, we wish you the very best on your retirement from the rabbinate. As our children who you guided from infancy to adulthood begin their own Jewish journey, we can only hope that they will live their lives remembering the lessons you shared. We will miss having you as our Rabbi and want to wish you and Lisa a lifetime of happiness as you embark on the next phase in your life. With all our love, The Weber Family Scott, Marcia, Amy, Jay and Julie


    Dear Rabbi Pinsky:


    Thank you for your sixteen years of Rabbinic leadership and for partnering with our lay leaders to grow a vibrant house of worship and meeting place that is the center of Reform Judaism in the Western suburbs.

    Thank you for your friendship and for always being there for us in good times and in times of trial. You have enhanced our appreciation of our faith and its oral and written traditions. You have been a proud and effective leader in Israel.

    Thank you for sermons that were meaningful, provocative, and current. You were not afraid to take positions that did not meet the thinking of all the congregants. Personally, we loved them.

    Our very best to Lisa and you as you join us in the land of retirement. May the two of you continue to enjoy and love each other for many years to come, and may you continue to go from strength to strength, ad meah vesrin. With great love and respect,

    Audrey and Charlie Lipton Elise and Lee Nagler


  • Cheryl & Morty Jacobwitz


    A Rabbi affects eternity; he can never tell where his

    influence stops.

    Wishing you all the best as you begin your lifes next journey.

    Danielle and David Ockman

    Marilyn and Alan LeRoy

    Susan and Tim Poppell

    Sedra and Allen Rutman


  • Ruth R. Koeppel


    All our best wishes to Rabbi Pinsky and his family on his retirement

    The Stanley and Luella Goldberg Family

    L to R: Back Row: Dan and Martha Goldberg Aronson, Fred Goldberg with Jeanne, Luella and Stan Goldberg, Stephanie Luger (Rabbi Pinsky officiated at

    her naming) Josh Luger, Ellen Goldberg Luger; 2nd

    Row: Sam Aronson, Rosalie Goldberg with Josephine;

    Front Row: Max Aronson and Robbie Aronson

    To my cherished friends, Lisa and Rabbi Stephen Pinsky

    Enjoy your well earned retirement. I am confident that both of you will make it a productive, gratifying and meaningful experience just as mine has been.

    With much love, Phil Aronson

    Philip Aronson, F.T.A.

    Executive Director Emeritus

    Temple Emanu-El of the city of Yonkers, NY where I prepared Stephen for his Bar Mitzvah and where Lisa and Stephen were married.

    Judge Jesse and Thelma Eisen and Simon and Ruth Pinsky where active and valued members.


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    You have been our friend and spiritual foundation throughout our life's journey.

    May the future paths you follow be full of love, luck and laughter.

    Gratitude is the memory of the heart. With love,

    Cheryl, Stephen, Jesse and Alison Stolow Sedra and Allen Rutman

    Iryssa and Adam Jackowitz

    It's amazing what a little Jewish Geography will uncover. We hope you and Lisa enjoy your retirement as much as

    we have ours. Linda and Bob Feld


  • Dearest Rabbi Pinsky and Lisa, You have been an inspiration for us all. We appreciate you

    helping to raise our children, fill our lives with joy and being our friends.

    We love you more than words can express. We wish you a wonderful retirement, but we'll bring you back to

    join us under the chuppah. All of our love,

    Debbie, Andy, Sarah and Eliza


    Thank you for officiating at all of our family simchas and for your friendship.

    Mazel Tov on your Retirement.

    Bill, Carole, Allison and Rachel Greenspan


  • Rabbi Pinsky

    Congratulations on your retirement. We look forward to even more of your exciting trip reports.

    Loren & Jennifer Wimpfheimer

    Renne & Larry Chaifety

    Justin & Shelly Wimpfheimer

    We can never thank you enough for the many times that you guided us through life's milestones both in joy and in

    sadness. We were blessed to have you in our lives.

    Lisa, Ayla, Luke, Mindy, Julie, Cary, Erica, Janice


    Rabbi Pinsky

    Thank you for your friendship and support.

    Jessica is very grateful for all of your guidance and encouragement during her 3 years at TBT.

    Best of luck and enjoyment in your retirement.

    Come visit Texas!

    Jessica, George and Andrea Starkschall

    Mazel Tov to you and your family on your retirement

    You have been a beacon of light to all you have touched!

    Dennis and Nancy


  • Dear Rabbi Pinsky

    You are a true mentsch in every sense of the word. We salute and applaud you for all you have accomplished during your career in the rabbinate. We wish you good health and

    happiness in this new chapter in your life.

    With love and admiration

    Susan and Harvey Morgan

    On April 15, 1979, 34 years ago, you married us in your study at Temple Sinai in Tenafly, NJ and invited us to join that

    congregation. We did. Here in Wellington you made the same invitation and now we are your congregants again.

    We have gratefully appreciated your friendship and support the last 34 years and have been happy and proud to have called you, not only our

    Rabbi, but our dear friend.

    We wish you and Lisa a happy and health retirement, lots of nachas from your grandchildren, and look forward to many more years of friendship.

    Danielle & Harvey Levinsohn


    With appreciation and thanks for the past

    With anticipation and best wishes for the future

    May this next chapter of your life bring adventure, happiness and fulfillment

    Eileen and Barry Eckhaus

    Enjoy your retirement!

    Ellen & Michael Jocabs


  • With best wishes for a happy retirement to a very caring special person.

    Sheila Teneblatt

    Unselfish, supportive, empathetic, gracious, generous and always caring, Rabbi Pinsky is a rabbi who is always available and ready to help whenever you need him.

    After conducting three Rosh Hashanah services in one day at Temple Israel in Minneapolis on October 4, 1986, Rabbi Pinsky delayed going home to his family for their holiday dinner so he could conduct My (Joan) and Arnold Feinbergs wedding service to accommodate our children who had to return to college out of town early the next morning. I will never forget his act of graciousness and generosity and my appreciation knows no bounds.

    Lisa Pinsky, the Rabbis beautiful and intelligent wife, has always been supportive and helpful and is an asset to the congregation and community. They are, indeed, a very rare couple. As the saying goes: They will be a hard act to follow.

    Joan M. Feinberg


    Dear Stephen,

    We first got to know each other, during our college years, when we were both staff members at the UAHCs Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. We later continued our friendship as rabbinic colleagues. Moving to Florida in 2005, has given us the wonderful opportunity of being your congregants.

    Temple Beth Torah has been fortunate to have you for so many years serving as their rabbi. You are among the mot talented rabbis in the contemporary rabbinate. You have used your numerous fine qualities of mind and spirit to infuse this congregation with vitality and its members with an understanding and a love of Judaism.

    We wish you and Lisa much good health and happiness in your retirement.

    In Friendship, Paul and Rita Menitoff

    Best Wishes

    From your former congregants at Temple Sinai in New Jersey

    The Herling Family


  • Rochelle Lynn Limmer

    Thank you for your teaching

    Thank you for your consoling

    Thank you for your humor

    Thank you for your friendship

    Thank you for your love

    Thank you for being you

    May your retirement be filled with health, love and peace.

    Sue & Jim Thornton

    Jodi & Jacob Kaufman


    May the future be as fulfilling as the past

    Helen Gottesmann

    Sussman-Rohr Family


  • Mazel Tov! Wishing you well in all your future endeavors.

    We will miss you.

    With much love, The Plaxen Family


    Rabbi Pinsky

    You welcomed us into your heart and our new home, shared your knowledge, sense of humor and love, been with us in happy and sad times, graced us with your fabulous letters that always made us feel so special and mostly just been a "real" person who we will miss so very much!

    Love and best wishes to you and Lisa in this new chapter of your lives,

    Janna, Joel, Ali & Noah Zaidspiner

    Thank you Rabbi Pinsky for

    being such an important part of the most important day of my life: The Mikveh for my son Robbie.

    With love, Mindy and Robbie Kramer

    With Love and Best Wishes

    For a Happy Retirement


    Temple Beth Torah



  • Dear Stephen and Lisa

    To New Beginnings Love, Phyllis and Marvin Weinstein

    With all Best Wishes

    From the Family


    Our Father

    Max Silverman

    It has been a joy and a

    privilege to have known you

    and have had you for my Rabbi.

    Corinne Ingerman


    Jacob says, "You will be my Rabbi forever".

    Lots of Love,

    The Sinclair's, Michael, Susan and of course Jacob


  • Our best wishes on your retirement! May you and Lisa be blessed with good health, happiness, wonderful travel adventures and lots of visits

    with your grandchildren!!! With love,

    Carol and Alan Shapiro

    Thank you for sharing your wisdom, life experiences, and for enriching

    our lives. Your guidance and support has always been much

    appreciated. We wish you all the best in the next chapter of your life.

    Debbie, Barry, Ariana and Myles Cohen

    Dear Rabbi Pinsky

    We will miss you terribly and have some comfort knowing we will still see you at services. You have a most special place in the hearts of the Powells. We have shared a nice history together since we moved to Wellington and you came to bless our home and place our mezuzah. We love you and think you are super special man and so handsome too!!! With much love, The Powells Lu, Rich, Arianna & Gabby


    Dear Rabbi, Thanks for being such an integral

    part of our family's milestones. We wish you the best on the next

    part of your journey.

    Love, Cindy, Mark,

    Aaron and Matthew Albers

    Dear Rabbi Pinsky

    May you, Lisa and your family enjoy a healthy, happy retirement.

    We thank you for the time you spent with uslistening and comforting us.

    Doris and Karl Fishman

    Wishing my friend , teacher, mentor and colleague all the best as he

    celebrates an extraordinary career!

    With Love,

    Rabbi Howard L. Jaffe Temple Isaiah, Lexington, Ma and


    To a fabulous teacher,

    Many Blessings for a wonderful future!

    Rev. Gloria Stanchak Alexander


  • Best wishes for a happy, healthy

    and fulfilling retirement. Warmest regards always, Dale and Susan Knight


    Reminiscences galore Affection always Blessing abound Blechers applaud Inspirations shared.

    BHATZLECHAH Ruthe and Saul ZL

    and All in our Family

    Thanks for being such an important part of our lives!


    The Parker Family Andi & Ron

    Lee & Charlie


    Thank you for your years of dedicated synagogue and

    community leadership

    Mazel Tov and best wishes!

    Cynnie S. List

    Steven, youre about to retire Youve been our friend, our mentor, One we

    truly admire Youre now on your way To new things every day

    Hope the future is all you desire

    Carole & Donald Aronson

    Best wishes on your retirement

    Cindy Gold & Rabbi Laurie Gold

    Thank You for your inspiring Leadership.

    Good Health, Happiness and nochas to you and Lisa

    Very much love,

    Sylvia Skoller


  • You laughed and joked with us in times of celebration. You guided

    and comforted us in times of sadness

    Rabbi Pinsky, We wish you all the best!

    The Richardson Family

    We are so pleased that you met our expectations of restoring our congregation. Your love and

    compassion brought growth and happiness to everyone.

    We can only wish you and Lisa happiness and especially enjoy your


    Roz and Morris Ball and Family

    God bless you and Temple Beth Torah as you move into the next chapter of service to The Lord.

    Your friends from St. Davids

    Dear Rabbi Pinsky

    As you move onto new hopes and dreams in retirement you will leave behind those of us that love you with strength and wisdom to continue on our road of life with continued love of our Jewish identity and belief in our Family of Families at Temple Beth Torah

    With Love, Cheryl and Ian Cordes Ashley, Josh, Sara Daniel


    It is a simcha to celebrate this magnificent milestone in your career.

    Thank you for enriching our lives in so many ways.

    The McDole Family Michael, Karen, Ariel & Madi

    Betty Borman & Family

    Best Wishes

    for a

    Fabulous Retirement

    With all our love,

    Cheryll and Richard

    For 17 years we have been blessed with Rabbi Pinskys spiritual leaders intellect and his acts of kindness and humanity. His Jewishness has been a continuing light for our family, the Temple and the Wellington and South Beach communities.

    May his coming years in retirement bring him the fulfillment & happiness he deserves.

    With all our best wishes and love The Palmer Family


  • Thank you for every single thing. Best wishes for your future

    With love from Dulcie and my whole family

    To Rabbi

    Happy & Healthy Retirement


    The Ferman Family


    Gordon Family

    Joan & Dennis Poster

    Dearest Rabbi and Lisa,

    Your whole family will always hold a very special place in my heart.

    We wish for you all of the lifes blessing to continue, as you savor this wonderful time in your lives.

    All our love,

    Shira & Steven


    To a friendship of many years and a bright future.

    Much love to Lisa & Steve

    Freyda & Richard Simon

    Ted, Erin, Sydney & Andrew Schiff

    Honoring the contributions you have made to so many lives

    Renee & Michael Popkin

    Wishing you all good things in your retirement. You will be sorely missed!

    The Kalish & Goldbettor Families


  • Congratulations on a job well-done for forty-one years!

    With our best wishes to you and Lisa

    Sending love from Great Neck, and for giving us a spiritual start.

    Leslie and Dean

    Wishing you a peace of mind and the satisfaction of knowing that you

    have touched and enriched countless lives, including ours

    Ellen and Phil

    Rabbi Pinsky

    You have been a beacon of light, remarkably transcending the hurdles of both distance and time. Best wishes in retirement.

    Love, The Moedes (Jason, Bridget, Kyle and Elsa)

    Wishing you a retirement filled with happiness, good health & peace


    Bonnie & Jeff Abrams


    Rabbi Pinsky

    A great Rabbi, a treasured friend

    We wish you all those things we wish for ourselves.

    Caryl and Martin Kahn Debbie, David, Justin, Elizabeth and Rebecca

    Stanley & Judy Stein

    The ministers, officers and the whole congregation of St. Peters join together in expressing our congratulations to Rabbi Pinsky on his retirement.

    May God bless you richly in your retirement.

    We wish you all the best in retirement

    Vic & Melanie Greenstein


  • Mazel Tov

    Stephen and Lisa!!!

    With Love,

    Suellen & Mark Winer

    Best wishes to the best Rabbi weve ever had and will probably every have. But we do believe in


    Carol & Elliott Brody

    Dear Rabbi Pinsky,

    It has been our pleasure and honor to know you. We are sorry you will be leaving the temple to retire. However, we wish you and Lisa the very best of health and happiness always, wherever you venture forth.

    Most sincerely, Marvin and Beverly Gareleck

    Best Wishes to a Special Rabbi

    Thank you

    The Litten Family


    Dear Rabbi Pinsky

    Though we have only known you for the past two years, we have thoroughly enjoyed our time knowing you. We wish you the very best for the years to come.

    Fondly, Susan & Ed Davidson

    Nancy Ohl & Peter Foss

    Pray as if everything depends on God, Work as if everything depends on you.

    I love this saying and value Rabbi Stephen Pinsky because he embodies it. He leads us, teaches us, and lectures us on strength of prayer, but at the same time, asks us to work for the betterment of the world. He knows that our efforts are essential to repair the world. Please offer your help in Rabbi Pinskys name.

    Diane Marks.

    Dear Rabbi Pinsky

    We wish you a long and happy retirement.

    Yehuda and Jennifer Konnan Deborah and David Jacob


  • Best Wishes for a long, happy & healthy retirement.

    Carolyn & Michael Shapiro

    Rabbi Stephen Pinsky

    You have been a friend and religious leader to our family for over 30 years.

    We wish you and Lisa lots of health and happiness in your retirement.

    Marion, Alvin, Lisa Lori & Jodi (from Tenafly, NYC, Armonk & Boca Raton)

    Mazel Tov on an exemplary career

    Lois Rubin Chair, URJ South District

    Thank you for your years of wise advice.

    Happy and Healthy Retirement

    Anita & Norton Waltuch


    Best Wishes


    The Family of

    Seymour Berger

    Mike and Ruth Pomerantz

    Celebrate Endings for They

    Precede new Beginnings

    Roger and Vicki Schwartz and Family

    Shalom Aleicham Peace be with you

    With best wishes for continued good works and a long life

    Fondly Lee Sack


  • Good luck on your retirement.

    We hope to see you back in NJ

    Shelly & Justin

    Wishing you and Lisa all of Gods blessingsgood health,

    peace and joy

    Judy & Martin Miller

    May your steps be guided by the love you have in your heart and

    have shared with us.

    We will miss you!

    We wish the best for you, Lisa ad your family in the years ahead!

    Shalom, Arline & Noel Shevak and family

    Congratulations on a great career!

    Love, Patty and Warren Gelman


    Mazel Tov to Rabbi Stephen H. Pinsky with wishes for happiness and good health for him and Lisa and their family and continuing best wishes to Temple Beth Torah

    Paul Ganeles and Joan Merdinger and the Ganeles Clan

    Mazel Tov on your retirement!

    From your Minnesota Friends!

    Jev and Patti Baskin Karen and Morris David man

    Ron Krank Jeanne and Steve Prawer

    Sue and Ev Weinstein


  • Mazel Tov on the many, successful years you have spent as Rabbi of Temple Beth Torah! In the short time we have been members, it has been our pleasure to get to know you! Best wishes for

    a fulfilling retirement!! Fondly,

    Karen and Steve Metzger

    Thank you for being you and being there for us. We honor your wit, intelligence and empathy. Enjoy Retirement.


    Gail, Dan, Monique Goldsmith

    Dear Rabbi Pinsky, Mazel Tov on your much deserved

    retirement! We wanted to express our deepest gratitude for being such an

    outstanding Rabbi and friend to our family. You have always been there for our family when we needed you and we feel a special

    bond with you. You will be greatly missed at Temple Beth Torah but we know that we will continue to see you and share simchas with you and your family. We wish you all

    the best in your retirement: health, happiness and prosperity.

    With much love, Robin, Jim, Emily and Jacob Shecter

    Madeline and Henry Goldberg Stacy, Brittany, Ryan, Alex and Brooke


    To my Rabbi and Teacher

    Mazel Tov!

    Rabbi Beth H Klafter

    Best Wishes Rabbi Pinksy

    The Knoller Family

    Wishing you happiness and good health to enjoy your retirement. Thanks for being

    there for us in so many ways.

    Love Roz and Mitch Sisle


    Bobbie Rosenzweig

    Your Great Neck Friends

    The Openheims


    The Finkelsteins

    Nancy and Eric Schned

    Dear Rabbi Pinsky.

    With sincere gratitude for your tremendous contributions to our community. You have truly made a difference. Mazel Tov on the

    well deserved honor.

    Iris & Laurence Milstein

    Very Best Wishes

    Eleanor Ross

    Dear Stephen

    As the kids would say Good Job!

    Affectionately, Jane and Buddy

    With our Best Wishes Always

    Ursula & Harry Reiner

    Rabbi Pinsky,

    Accept A Rabbi Upon Yourself, Acquire A Friend For Yourself, And Judge Everyone Favorably

    Mazel Tov,

    Gloria Zakon


  • Deacon Stephen & Judy Hayes

    Rabbi Pinsky you have meant a tremendous amount to our family over the years more than

    you could know, as I am sure you have meant to countless others.

    Love & best wishes upon your retirement

    The Schemer Family

    Rabbi & Lisa

    To know you is to love you. Thank you for being there for us.

    Selma & Saul Goldman

    We think of you often & wish you, Lisa and your wonderful family much

    good health & joy !

    Miss you Jane & Bob

    To our Dear Rabbi and Friend

    You have been there for us in happy and sad times. We honor you for all you have


    Love Wendy, Michael & Andrew Imber

    My Rabbi & Lisa

    Wishing you both the best of everything retirement offers!

    Love & Best Wishes

    Lois, Art, Chelsea & Michael Pesaturo

    Rabbi Pinsky you have been an important part of our lives for 15 years. Thank you for your guidance, friendship & love. We wish you and

    Lisa all the best during your retirement.

    Love Sharon, Gregg, Jack, Ian & Alicia Lowenstein

    To our Dear Friends Stephen and his amazing wife Lisa Our best wishes go out to

    you both as you embark on th is exciting chapter of your lives!

    With much love,

    Robbie Puritz-Hayes & Michael Hayes


    Dear Rabbi & Lisa

    May your next adventure fulfill your dreams

    Love Shelia Phillips

    Julia, Adam and Micah Berger

    To a wonderful future!

    Bettijane and Steven Eisenpreis

    The Fialkow Family

    Mazel Tov

    Lisa and Stephen

    With Love

    Lillian & Max Fallek & Family

    Alvin Shapiro and

    Margaret Wells

    Enjoy seeing the world

    Best Wishes

    Janice and Howard Kaplan

    Thank you for many years.

    May you enjoy the next step of your life

    S. Pell

    To Rabbi Pinsky and Lisa

    To the Cherished friends who brought solace in time of need, and joy and laughter in times of happiness, we wish you both only the best that

    life can offer in your retirement Roz & Karen Eismann


  • Our very best wishes for a happy and healthy retirement

    Most Sincerely,

    Sheldon and Barbara Nussbaum

    Wishing you a continued journey of good health, good friends and much nachas.

    With great affection

    Nan and Wesley Blank and Family

    In appreciation of a wonderful Rabbi and

    a wonderful career

    Emily and Stephen Berman

    Mazel Tov

    Stephen & Lisa

    With Much Love

    Ellen and Randy

    Dr. Al & Sue Zelickson

    To Rabbi & Lisa Pinsky

    Much love and best wishes for a long, healthy and pleasure laden retirement

    Bea Kalikow

    Marlene & Marshall Miller

    You are very special to us. We wish you and Lisa a great and happy retirement.

    Love Judy Silver and Karen Karlin


    Dear Steve & Lisa

    Bes wishes for a Healthy & Happy Retirement

    Fondly Kate & Mia Weingart

    I wish him luck. He understood me and everybody, a lot.

    David Ephraim Pitterman

    Thank you for your counsel always

    Muriel Zuckerman & Family


    Thank you for being part of our family. Wishing you a wonderful retirement and the

    start of the next chapter.

    Fondly Patricia, Jeff, Jason & Abigail Fox

    From the entire family at the Anti-Defamation League, thank you for

    proudly serving as an Honorary Board Member. Congratulations on your retirement, Rabbi. You deserve it!

    Best Wishes


    The Pegalis Family

    To Rabbi Pinsky

    Who possesses an articulate mind and articulate heart.

    Terry Philips


  • Dear RabbiWe wish you happiness & health as you embrace your retirement.

    You have been an important part of our lives & we will miss you.

    Love to you & Lisa Michael, Randi, Logan & Lara

    With our Best Wishes Always

    Ursula & Harry Reiner

    Even with the setting of the sun there remains an inspiring glow. May your glow continue to inspire us for years to come.

    Mazel Tov

    Bill and Andrea Gralnick

    Thank you for the beauty of your service and our friendship

    Mazel Tov

    Fran Lerner zl

    Rabbi Pinsky,

    Thinking of You on this Special Weekend!

    Murray Meltzer, Lori Meltzer Starer (Bat Mitzvah 5/8/76) & Peter Starer,

    Trevor Starer, and Allison Starer

    Temple Sinai of Bergen County, Tenafly, NJ

    We are so grateful for your friendship and love. Thank you for all your have

    done for our family We Love you.

    Fran Sherman, Arne Rosenberg & Amanda & Zachary Roesch

    Richard J. Chouinard

    Our kindness wishes for your good health and happiness on your retirement.

    Ann Price, Donna, Jerry & Daren Goldman

    82 83

    Your many contributions to the community over the years have made a

    lasting impact. May the love of your family and friends give you joy as you continue

    your spiritual journey.

    Irwin & Laurie Cohen

    Natalie Appel

    Our best wishes for a happy, health retirement

    Dr Jerome & Rochelle Goldstein

    Words could never express the love and gratitude we have for you. You have touched

    our lives in a way that no other will ever do.

    Best wishes on your retirement

    Anne Waggoner and Melanie Wiseman

    Rabbi Pinsky,

    Your insight, warmth and humor have made a difference in our lives. Thank you for

    your friendship. We will miss you.

    Sherrie, Andrew, Josh & Jared Rosen

    Congratulations and Best Wishes to Stephen Pinsky, our friend and Rabbi.

    Linda and Alan Davis


    Having you in our lives has truly been a blessing. Enjoy your retirement.

    With our Love,

    Bonnie, Doug and Benay Stein

  • Judith O. Rosenkranz

    Marilyn Shapiro

    Irene Warten

    Janis Kelly

    Ben and Maxine Steinberg

    Carrie Schoen

    Rosemarie & Mort Ryweck

    Marc, Janet, Shayna &Seth Guthart

    Lee Robbins Gardner, M.D.

    Barbara Bartner, Mark, Laura & Lynn

    Janny & Alan Silver

    Deni & Dennis Coyne

    Jan and Josh Arnold

    Debbi Wolf

    Allison Kluger & Mark Shaw

    Crickie and Richard Klegan

    Elaine & Frank Baylinson

    Ilene & Arnie Wechter

    Myra Chazin

    Jane A Klein

    Weiss Family

    Lori & Steve Warner

    Karen and Less Penner

    Joyce & Robert Liebo

    Terry & Iva Goldstein & daughters

    Richard & Judy Fine

    Carlyn & Paul Blum

    David & Joyce Abramson

    Rabbi James & Sandra Rosenberg

    Lilly Matson

    Joey & Jerry Laurie

    Ellyn Wolfenson and Mick Belzer

    Steve & Arlene Badiner

    Susan Adler

    Edie Miller

    Herb and Lesle Margolis

    Barbara & Steve Levie

    Joanne Blindman

    Cantor Carrie and Ian Barry

    Renita Reif

    Ms. Shelley Segal

    Vera & Norm Turkowitz

    Reverend Norma J Burton

    Marcia & Mark Cherniack

    Marilyn J. Chiat, Ph.D.

    Anne & Jerry Fleisher

    Barbara & Neal Frank

    Frima Karon

    Hieki Herman Kay and Dr. Neil Kay

    Lucille and Marvin S. Rockley

    The Rev. Dr. & Mrs. William Russell

    Cantor and Mrs. Stephen Richards

    Susan & Marilyn Schwartz

    Mitchell, Elizabeth & Emily Thal

    Selma Rudnick Waters

    Best Wishes from The Ellenson Family

    Gloria Zakon

    Gary, Susan and Rebecca Skantar


    Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Hack & Family

    Stanley L. Hahn

    Jerry & Ellen Kahan

    Brian & Vicki Buckstein

    Fred & Marcia Friedman

    Ruth & Sheldon Friedberg

    Albert & Slyvia Shoengold

    Chris & Robyn Fleming

    Roy & Judy Rosner

    Irma & Alan Fishman

    Sabina & Mel Dener

    The Schube Family

    Julie Sinykin & Buck Strifert

    Nancy Calvin Rita Nathanson Sharon Specktor

    Barbara Harnick

    Marvin and Irene Haas

    Alison Bodian Demarest

    Mike & Joanne Margolia

    Mr. and Mrs. Steven M. Gershman

    Rhea Berman

    Neil & Cheryl Feinstein

    Fran Fischer & Stanley Feld

    Daisy and Stan Dorfman

    Jennifer Cohen

    Seymour & Esther Birnbaum

    Betty Ryen Breinin

    The Moskowitz Family

    Sister Roberta A. Popara, O.P.

    Suzanne Prass and Family

    Judi Belzer & Jerry Waldman

    Rob and Amy Rochman

    Jackie & Ronnie Reckseit

    Gail & Philip Krevitt

    Amy, Eugene, Brielle, Alisandra Trujillo

    Debby Risick

    The Grbinich Family

    Ronni and Richard Cutler

    Anne & Jay Singer

    Bruce and Harriet Bart

    Rhoda & Seymour Zenlea

    Rabbi Jonathan & Judi Miller

    Betsey Levine

    Neal, Allison, Alexandra and Jacquelyn Isanuk

    Judy and Jon Harris

    Stanley and Suzanne Gibson

    Sara & Marvin Felder

    Sandra & Barry Riggs

    Lynn and Karl Shaw

    Lois Shapiro

    Carole & Martin Kaplan

    Joel & Lori Rutsky

    Harry and Belle Yaffe

    Joy Pitterman

    Shirley Malyn

    Myra Goodman

    Chris & Melissa Clark

    Beth, Paul, Matthew and Aaron Brill

    Joyce and Graeme Strickland


  • Phyllis, Al, Zach & Joey Alasia

    Steven & Elyn Small

    Leon and Naomi Fishler

    The Pescatore Family

    David C. Zalk

    Rich & Gisell Wien

    Jane Sternberg

    Anne Larsen & Eileen Roundtree

    Lee S. Kirsch

    Marjorie & Larry Zauder

    Clark Jones

    Steven Daniels

    Louis Finkelstein

    Norma Silverman

    William & Annette Muniz

    Ana & Arnold Rosen

    Rich, Beth, Cori & Sara Silverman

    Melissa Sandel

    Joy Ellen Pitterman

    Enid & Michael Locketz

    Mr & Mrs Michael Herrman & Family

    The Sall Family

    Bob and Bobbi Silberman

    The Schuman Family

    Lisa, Vincent, Rachel & Brandon Gerardi

    Marc, Sherri, Adam & Blake Kratenstein

    Hasko Family

    Charlotte Moses

    Beth & Dennis Tanner

    Gary & Myrna Bell

    Betty and Hank Brodie

    Jennifer & Andrew Goldstein & Family

    Honni & Harold Jaffe

    Mike & Bonnie Koos

    Susan, Matthew & Stephen Lane

    Adam,Bobbi,Noah & Caleb Norwitch

    Alice,David,Andrew & Jonathan Rosenblatt

    Ann, Jennifer & Kate Trebby

    Mr. & Mrs. Jerome Schlesinger

    The Lent-Fishkind Family

    Elaine & Marvin Bass

    Fred,Elsie, Samantha and Michael Kessler

    Allen & Bobbie Bright

    Linda, Henry and Benjamin Katz

    Jill Ann Marks

    Joan & Harvey Stetson

    Alan & Louise Marks

    Martin and Eleanor Shiffman

    Jane & Harlan Rips

    Barbara, Mark,Genna and Michael Barashick

    Buddy & Dolores Busch

    Laurie, Jeff, Amanda& Julia Chaplin

    Bunny & Jerry Schwartz

    Jack and Ellen Permut

    Betsy & Albert Mark

    Charlie and Mindy Gruesner

    Sharon Weiss

    Gloria Zakon


    A Special Thank you goes out to Julie Larson and Aaron Menitoff of International Polo Club Catering

    for their hard work and generosity in helping us to plan this special night for Rabbi Pinsky.

    Thank You to Bill Barbosa Photography www.BillBarbosaPhotography.com for the front cover photo of Rabbi Pinsky. Thank you to Minuteman Press of North Palm Beach www.mmpnorthpalm.com for printing this tribute book. We would also like to Thank our Silent Auction Donors & Vendors:

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    Leonard and Mary Cordes Susan and Reed Kellner

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  • Your Inspiration Guides Us Every Day in Marriage

    May you be inspired with a happy and fulfilling Retirement!

    With love, Caroline & Sidney Kimmel

    Your Inspiration Guides Us Every Day in Marriage

    May you be inspired with a happy and fulfilling Retirement!

    With love, Caroline & Sidney Kimmel