Congratulations to Evelyn Greer and Alex Krys, 2020–21 recipients 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 May 23, 2021.
Evelyn Greer and her husband, Bruce, have been Temple Beth Am congregants since 1983. She has been instrumental in the success of our ambitious Beyond the Curve construction project, serving as a liaison to help ensure cooperation with the Village of Pinecrest as we continue with the tremendous expansion of our beautiful campus.
A practicing attorney, Evelyn was elected in 1996 as the first Mayor of the Village of Pinecrest, and served as a member of the Dade County School Board representing our area, District 9. Her community service and activism have been recognized on many occasions, and she was honored in 2004 with the naming of the Evelyn Greer Park in Pinecrest, which hosted our in-person Rock ‘n Run event 2019 when construction prevented us from being able to host it at Temple Beth Am. Evelyn is the proud mother of three and grandmother of six, including a future Junior Pre-Nursery student at Temple Beth Am Day School.
Alex Krys and his wife, Juliana, are the proud parents of four children, including one in our Day School, and have been Temple Beth Am members since 2016.
When the coronavirus pandemic broke out in Spring 2020, Alex was appointed as Chair of our COVID-19 Task Force, spearheading discussions with our medical experts and the Temple’s leadership and Day School, to keep our students and staff safe while making plans for congregants to return to campus. At the Annual Meeting, Alex was installed as Treasurer and as a member of the TBAM Management Team. In such an unprecedented year as this one, he has worked tirelessly to help ensure the continued financial success of Temple Beth Am, drawing from the expertise he brings as a Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Juniper Capital Partners, LLC. His commitment to our TBAM community includes prior service on the Temple’s Board of Directors and recently on the Executive Committee as Vice President of Administration, and on the Steering Committee for Beyond the Curve.
Alex serves on the board of The Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Foundation, where he has been an advocate for helping to expand the foundation’s work to reach more Spanish-speaking patients and families impacted by Parkinson’s disease. In March 2021, he was named to the Board of Directors of Nicklaus Children’s Health System.
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.