2007 — Richard W. Hoffman
We are delighted to honor Richard Hoffman with the presentation of the 9th annual Talmud Torah Award.
Richard and Ilisa Hoffman have been members of Temple Beth Am since moving to Miami in 1984. Both of their children are graduates of the Beth Am Day School. Richard serves on the Temple Beth Am Board as Vice President-Day School, and in June will be installed as the congregation’s Executive Vice President for 2007–08.
Richard began studying Torah with Rabbi Terry Bookman over 10 years ago when his friend, David Schwadron, rekindled his interest in our heritage. He has participated in our “Lunch and Learn” programs, Adult Education offerings and rarely passes up any of the many learning opportunities at Beth Am or throughout our community.
When asked for the motivation underlying his interest in Talmud Torah, Richard responds with a quote from Exodus: “…we will do and we will know…” Says Richard, “The more I study and learn, the more I incorporate the teachings and reasonings into my life, the more I begin to understand the real blessing and lessons of Torah. After 10 years of learning, I am almost at the starting point. The study of Torah is a life long pursuit and a journey well worth taking.”