The 2017–18 Harry Gunther Service Award


Congratulations to Donald McClaskey, 2017–18 recipient of The Harry Gunther Service Award, which is presented to a deserving Beth Am member who has worked for the benefit of the Temple community in a way which would be considered "above and beyond."

The award was presented at the Temple Beth Am Annual Meeting on June 10, 2018.


Donald McClaskey was first elected to the Temple Beth Am’s Board of Directors in 2015 and continues to serve on the congregation's governing board.

In 2016, Donald was one of the organizers of the reconstituted Brotherhood of Temple Beth Am and was selected as its Founding President. In May 2018, he was elected to a two-year term.

For several years during High Holy Day services, Donald has volunteered as an Usher. On Friday nights, he can be found with his wife, Maritza, at Shabbat Services, and he is a regular participant at Saturday Morning Minyan, serving as one of the congregation's Gabbaiim.


This award is named for Harry Gunther, a special man and founding member who made Temple Beth Am a high priority during his lifetime. His widow, Ethelle, remained an active member of the Temple Beth Am family for nearly 60 years until her death in 2013.



Recipients of The Harry Gunther Service Award

2016–17
Dan Levine

2015–16
Melissa Buckner
Pamela Lear

2014–15
Gary Scott Davis
Jonathan Kislak
Michelle Sarason

2013–14
Edith Einspruch
Adrienne Messing

2012–13
David Deutch
Dan Koffsky

2011–12
Lisa Heller Green
Brad Sokol

2010–11
Lawrence S. Forman

2009–10
Susan & Richard Lampen

2008–09
Donna Feldman
Mark Gilbert

2007–08
Adrian Dubow
Ed Schmidt

2006–07
Neil Littauer
Alan Rosenthal

2005–06
Richard W. Hoffman

2004–05
Karen Kammer
Irwin Katz

2003–04
Frank Hessel
Dan Koffsky
Howard Wolofsky

2002
Lawrence S. Forman
Richard Yulman

2001
Elisabeth Frank

2000
Debbie Freedman

1999
Jay Rossin

1998
Gary P. Cohen

1997
Ronald Fieldstone
Robert G. Berrin

1996
Joe Jacoby
John Sumberg

1995
Richard Browdy
Carol Flicker
Bonnie Webman

1994
Colleen Fain
Dr. Michael Margulies

1993
Jodi Hessel
Lilian Serviansky
Dr. Peter Sobel
William Sussman


1991
Samuel Steen

1990
Syd Oltchick
William Saulson
Dr. William E. Silver

1989
Mark Buchbinder
Dr. Melvin Rappaport
Sheila Stieglitz

1987
Robert Berney
Doreen Marx Krulewitch
Ira Pozen

1985
Col. Arthur Conn
Leo Gelber

1983
Teddi Segal

1982
Diana Elson
Evelyn Goodman

1981
Selma Rappaport

1980
Selma Baumgard

1979
Stan Mintz

1976
Iris Franco

1974
Irving Epstein



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