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Talmud Torah Award ó 2010

 Award Recipients — George Bosin (z"l) and Robert Sandler (z"l)

We are delighted to recognize George Bosin (z”l) and Robert Sandler (z”l) as the recipients of the 12th annual Talmud Torah Award, presented on May 7, 2010.

In 1984, George Bosin and his wife, Shirley, moved to Miami from New York where they were founding members of Tiffereth Israel Synagogue and he had served in various positions, including the presidency. They came south to be near their family and quickly became part of the Beth Am family. Since then, George has been an active participant in Saturday Minyan, adult education and various lecture series, but his real love has been Torah Study, where he has brought an Old World perspective to a New World setting. George died on March 13, 2014.

As the patriarch of his family, George has offered the blessings at the B’nai Mitzvah of his grandchildren Michael and Nicole Hertz and Joshua and Zachary Bosin, and at Michael’s wedding. He presides every Passover at the 30-guest, friends and family Seder at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Adele & Kenneth Hertz, where he spices up the Haggadah story with vignettes culled from his Eastern European heritage. And, completing the circle of family, flag and forebearers, he has played an active role in the Jewish War Veterans of America, helping those members of our people who have given of themselves to our country and to the cause in which he so fervently believes.

George Bosin is deeply honored to have been selected along with his friend, Bob Sandler, for the 2010 Talmud Torah Award.

The late Professor Robert Sandler, who passed away on December 17, 2010, was a resident of Coral Gables since 1956 when he joined the English Department at the University of Miami, where he remained until he retired in 1990 as Professor Emeritus of English. During Bob's 34 years at UM, he introduced many Jewish content courses into the curriculum of the English Department, such as Jewish Literature, Biblical Literature and Literature of the Holocaust. He played a prominent role in the development of the Judaic Studies Program at the University of Miami and served as the Acting Coordinator until the program was officially promulgated by UM.

During his years in South Florida Bob taught Adult Jewish Education courses in Jewish history, literature and philosophy, as well as courses in the Tanach and Talmud at various synagogues. His writings have been published in well-known newspapers and magazines, and he has given lectures on a wide variety of Jewish topics all over South Florida.

Bob taught the first of many Adult Education classes at Beth Am in 1977, and was
an active participant in Shabbat morning Torah Study since he joined our congregation in 1978. His widow is Bernice Anapol Sandler, a founding member of Beth Am.

It has been a privilege to study with, and learn from, our scholar and friend, Bob Sandler.

The Temple Beth Am community proudly honors George Bosin and Robert Sandler (z"l) on this well-deserved achievement!

The Talmud Torah Award

Past Recipients of the Talmud Torah Award

2009        Susan Henkin
Robyn C. Fisher
2007        Richard W. Hoffman  
2006        Mark Oren
2005        David Schwadron
                 (Special Award to Rabbi Morris Kipper z"l)
2004        Steve Simon
2003        Paul Distenfeld and Anabela Moskovitz
2002        Judith Bittel
2001        Edward Schwartz
2000        Peter Sobel
1999        Michael Margulies

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.

— Ed Schwartz

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