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GALA TRIBUTE TO RABBI GERSHOM BARNARD

Sunday, May 11, 2014
7:00 pm

Northern Hills Synagogue - Congregation B'nai Avraham honored Rabbi Barnard with a Gala Tribute on Sunday evening. The evening began with wine, hors d'oeuvres and elegant music from the Price Hill String Trio. Master of Ceremonies Mark Washofsky welcomed the congregants and guests, many from all over the United States who came to town for this occasion. Incoming President David Bernstein began the program with a heartfelt tribute, followed by musical entertainment by people who had a connection with NHS and Rabbi Barnard: NHS members and children who grew up in NHS.

First, Elliana Kirsh sang two songs, "Alleluia" by Mozart and "I Could Have Danced All Night." Then, violinist Gayna Bassin performed "Intermezzo" from "Cavalleria Rusticana" by Mascagni and "The Drinking Song" from "La Traviata" by Verdi, in recognition of the Rabbi's love of opera. Next, Cantor Sharon Hordes sang "Priestly Blessing" by NHS member Leon Lichtin and "Journey's Just Begun" by Rachelle Nelson. Finally, NHS member Judy Miller sang her original parody, "Let Him Go" to the tune of "Fiddler on the Roof." (For the lyrics, click here.) Claire Lee, pianist, accompanied all the performers.

Next on the program was "Traveling Through Time", a retrospective of the years 1975 through the present, led by Mark Washofsky, Irv Goodman, Edie Neusner, Steven Pentelnik, Arnie Horowitz, Lois Pornoy, Henry Fenichel, Jeff Bassin, Renee Roth and Sarah Barnard. Then, Rabbi Irvin Wise, who was out of town, gave a moving tribute to Rabbi Barnard in a projected video recorded by Gayna Bassin. Other tributes were given by David Zucker, Miram and Ryvka Barnard and Bernice Uttrich.

Finally, Rabbi Barnard address the audience and thanked everyone. Joe Lazear, in one of his last acts as outgoing President of the congregation, presented him with a gift of a David Moss Hagaddah, a limited edition illustrated Hagaddah.

Jazz pianist Dan Karlsberg performed while everyone enjoyed a festive dessert reception.

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Photography by Gayna Bassin, Henry Fenichel, Natalie Freeman and Jane Karlsberg.

 

Rabbi Barnard and his family
Rabbi Barnard with his wife Sarah and daughters Ryvka and Miriam.
Registration in the lobby.
Henry and Diana Fenichel register in the synagogue lobby.
Joe and Karyn Lazear register in the lobby
Joe and Karyn Lazear register in the lobby.
Emily and Jim Silver
Emily and Jim Silver.
Sarah and Maksim Shilkrot
Sarah Kaiser and Maksim Shilkrot.
Hordes women
The Hordes family in front of the Gift Shop.
Winkler family
Winkler family in the Zorndorf Social Hall.
Robin and Mark Washofsky and Rabbi Michael Kahn.
Robin and Mark Washofsky and Rabbi Michael Kohn.
The Price Hill String Trio
The Price Hill String Trio performed while people enjoyed hors d'oeuvres.
Rabbi Barnard and his family
Rabbi George and Sarah Barnard and their children Miriam, Ryvka and Noam.
Susan and Miriam Bernstein and Howard Ain.
Susan and Miriam Bernstein and Howard Ain.
Jeff and Lois Gushin
Jeff and Lois Gushin.
NHS ladies
Hilary Suddleson, Julie Pentelnik (standing), Jeanne Aronoff and
Kathleen Hart.
NHS teens
Ilana Frankel, Elana Miller, Aaron Frankel and Eddie Bassin.
Videographers Eli Roth and Gayna Bassin
Event videographers Eli Roth and Gayna Bassin.
The Zorndorf Social Hall is filled
The Zorndorf Social Hall.
Rabbi Barnard's table
Rabbi Barnard's table.
Bernice Uttrich and family
Former NHS Administrator Bernice Uttrich and her husband.
ClaireBenWilliam
Ben and Claire Lee with William Harrison.
Mitch and Natalie Freeman
Mitch and Natalie Freeman.
Elizabeth and David Zucker.
Elizabeth and David Zucker.
Mark Washofsky offers a toast to Rabbi Barnard.
MC Rabbi Mark Washofsky offers a toast to Rabbi Barnard.
Elliana Kirsh
Elliana Kirsh sang two songs.
Elliana Kirsh singing
Gayna Bassin
Gayna Bassin played violin, accompanied by Claire Lee.
Claire Lee
Claire Lee.
Sharon Hordes
Cantor Sharon Hordes sang two songs.
Cantor Sharon Hordes.


Judy Miller sings her song parody, "Let Him Go".
Judy Miller sings her song parody.
Rabbi's table enjoys the performances.
The Rabbi and his family enjoy the performances.
The "Traveling Through Time" presentation
The "Traveling Through Time" presentation.
Rabbi Barnard thanks everyone.
Rabbi Barnard thanked everyone.
President Joe Lazear and Rabbi Barnard
President Joe Lazear gives a present to Rabbi Barnard.
Jane Karlsberg and her daughter Natalie Freeman.
Jane Karlsberg and her daughter Natalie Freeman.
Dan Karlsberg performs jazz on the piano.
Dan Karlsberg performs jazz on the piano.
Renee & Eli Roth and Lois Pornoy
Renee & Eli Roth and Lois Pornoy enjoy dessert.
Two Presidents: Joe Lazear and David Bernstein.
The two NHS Presidents: Joe Lazear and David Bernstein.


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