We want to thank everyone who helped in so many ways with the aufruf for our son Gabe and Ruthie Brown yesterday. Thanks to Sheila Erlbaum for davvening, Dayle Freidman for a beautiful misheberach, and many other people who helped as greeters, reading Torah and haftarah,setting up the kiddush, bringing food, cleaning up and in other ways! We could not have done it alone.
Thanks also to Minyan Masorti for switching rooms and to Elana Shaw and the shul staff for their assistance as well.
The ruach was great during and after the service, and we were so glad to be able to share this event with family, minyan members, friends, and guests.
Having this service in the Canteen Room was a special bracha for Ruth and me. It was in the Canteen Room that we met for the first time in the summer of 1980 when Ruth was in town for the aufruf of her cousin Dan Piser and Deb White (MM members who were there yesterday) and I was back from a summer studying Yiddish in NYC for the adult bat mitzvah of Judy Petsonk, a former member of the Germantown Minyan. We had mutual friends and spoke briefly; it wasn't until we re-met a year and half later at an interhavurah retreat at Fellowship Farm that Ruth and I began dating.
GJC has so many memories for our family: Ruth and I were married there in 1983 (even though neither of us was living in Phila at the time -- thanks, minyan friends!) and Gabe's bar mitzah, and the bnai mitzvah of his brothers...
We are glad to have a community to share many parts of the life cycle and calendar cycle with. May we all be blessed to share many simchas.
Bob Tabak and Ruth Loew