2010 — George Bosin (z”l), 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.

photos of George Bosin and Robert SandlerAs 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!

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