Talmud Torah Award ó 2013
Congratulations to Bob Price, recipient of the 15th annual Talmud Torah Award, honoring a congregant who has contributed significantly to the Temple by engaging thoughtfully in our adult education programs. (Read Bob's Dvar Torah)
Bob Price was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1932. He served four years in the United States Navy, and is a graduate of Rutgers School of Business.
In 1963 he moved to Miami where he continued to work for IBM as a sales representative until his retirement after 28 years.
Bob has three children, two “bonus” children and eight grandchildren. His first great-grandson was born this past January. Bob is married to the blessing of his life, Susan Blazer Price.
Bob is passionate about the study of Torah for the “insight into the way of life I want to lead and honor. Torah study is one of the main connections to the Jewish people in my life.”
|Past Recipients of the Talmud Torah Award|
Special Award to Rabbi Morris Kipper (z"l)
2004 Steve Simon
2003 Paul Distenfeld and Anabela Moskovitz
2002 Judith Bittel
2001 Edward Schwartz
History and Purpose
During the late 1990s, our clergy determined that the Temple Beth Am community should illustrate its commitment to Jewish adult learning by recognizing and honoring those congregants who are committed to adult learning. Congregants who contribute to the Temple in other ways — financially or volunteering time — already receive formal awards, such as the Harry Gunther Service Award. There was a consensus that devotion to adult Jewish learning also was a contribution to Temple life equally worthy of formal recognition. An award for Jewish learning also would serve to publicize Beth Am’s adult education programs and encourage participation in them.
With the approval of the Adult Education Committee, Temple Beth Am in 1999 instituted the Talmud Torah Award to honor congregants who contribute to the Temple by engaging thoughtfully in its adult education programs.
Nature of the Award
Recipients receive three forms of recognition.
• An article in the Commentator provides the congregation with the winner’s biographical sketch and photograph.
• A plaque on the wall of the sanctuary lobby records the names of the recipients.
• And, most importantly, the recipient receives recognition at a Friday night service in the Spring, and then delivers a D’var Torah on the weekly torah portion.
Selection Process and Criteria
The award is presented to a congregant who has demonstrated superior commitment to adult Jewish education in general, and to the Temple’s adult education programming in particular. The award may also be given to related congregants to honor their joint participation. Recipients should demonstrate both breadth of commitment by participating in a variety of activities, and depth of commitment through consistent and thoughtful participation. Ordinarily, recipients should be members of the congregation not associated with the clergy, although an exception was made in 2005 when a special award was presented to Rabbi Morris Kipper (z"l).
A subcommittee of the Adult Education Committee selects the recipient, based on recommendations from the Clergy, participants in Temple adult educational programming and other interested members of the Temple community. Prior recipients are included in the selection subcommittee.