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<ul><li><p>. . . to do justice, and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8 </p><p>A Retirement Tribute to Rabbi Stephen H. Pinsky </p><p>Temple Beth Torah June 1, 2013 </p></li><li><p>Message from the Co-Chairs of the Rabbi Pinsky Retirement Tribute Committee </p><p> 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 </p><p>3</p></li><li><p>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. </p><p>4</p><p>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. </p><p>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. </p><p>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. </p><p>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. </p><p>5</p></li><li><p>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 </p><p>6</p><p>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. </p><p>We wish you, Lisa and your beautiful family </p><p>health and happiness. </p><p>All our love, </p><p>Scott, Mandy, Matthew &amp; Andrew Rubenstein </p><p>7</p></li><li><p>Thanks for the memories !!! The Steinberg Family Seth, Elizabeth, </p><p>Lauren, Andrew, &amp; Allyson </p><p>8</p><p>God directs our paths in life, the places we will go, the many ways our lives are changed by everyone we know... </p><p>...and sometimes He provides for us a very special friend whose love and understanding know no limit, know no end. </p><p>Thank you for being a wonderful Rabbi, Person, and FRIEND!!! </p><p>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. </p><p>We love you and will miss you dearly as our Rabbi </p><p>Love, The Dimaiwat Family </p><p>Edcel, Julie, Hannah, and Joshua </p><p>9</p></li><li><p>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 &amp; peace to our family. Warmest Regards &amp; Love, The Levine Family </p><p>10</p><p>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 </p><p>11</p></li><li><p>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 </p><p>12</p><p>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 </p><p>13</p></li><li><p>To a wonderful Rabbi and an old and dear friend </p><p> May your retirement be as fruitful and </p><p>rewarding as your Rabbinate </p><p>Stuart and Marian Gertman </p><p>14</p><p>Sarah Franzblau </p><p>15</p></li><li><p>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) </p><p>16 17</p></li><li><p>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 </p><p>18</p><p>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. </p><p>19</p></li><li><p>Lisa and Stephen: It is not the place that honors the person but the person that honors the place. (Talmud Taanit 21b) </p><p>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 </p><p>20</p><p>In honor of our 25th wedding anniversary </p><p>Andrew Schlein &amp; Debra Weinstein </p><p>21</p></li><li><p>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 &amp; Susan, Bob &amp; Jean, Aaron &amp; Deb, Dan &amp; Amy, Matt &amp; Kim, Gene &amp; Elena </p><p>22</p><p>Lucian &amp; Florica Ieremia </p><p>23</p></li><li><p>Thank you for seventeen wonderful years of spiritual leadership from the Temple Beth Torah </p><p>Officers &amp; 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 </p><p>24</p><p>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 &amp; Lisa all the best Shelly, Brooke &amp; Dara Sandler </p><p>25</p></li><li><p>26</p><p>In Honor of Rabbi Stephen H. Pinsky </p><p>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? </p><p>WITH A GREAT DEAL OF DIFFICULTY!!! </p><p>Rabbi, you exemplify such dedication, wa...</p></li></ul>