The annual meeting of the Great Neck Synagogue (GNS), this year held on Wednesday, June 1, drew sizable attendance, despite torrential downpours. As has been the general practice, the meeting enabled the congregation to formally appoint its lay leadership and present mementos of recognition to deserving individuals.

Mr. Daniel Aharon was selected as the shul president, an elevation from a former post, and Mr. Harold Domnitch reacquired his quondam position of Chairman of the Board, a role he had long held. The new appointees, along with their Executive and General Boards, were unanimously elected by the membership on hand.

The event included the joyous recitation of the Star-Spangled Banner and HaTikvah by the assemblage, and words of deep appreciation to both outgoing president Mr. Jordan Wolf and outgoing Chairman of the Board Mr. Dov Sassoon, who admirably kept GNS together during COVID-19’s tumultuous challenges. As is shul tradition, Mr. Sassoon presented Mr. Wolf with the traditional encased large Kiddush cup recognizing his service as president. It was noted that Mr. Wolf followed in the footsteps of his father Mr. Howard Wolf, who formerly served as President of GNS.

Additionally, new members were warmly welcomed, as each was individually called out by name. Rabbi Dale Polakoff movingly encapsulated the life of each of the 11 members who passed away during the past year, and Chazan Yitzy Spinner chanted the Keil Malei Rachamim in their memory.

The synagogue’s coveted Jack Shaw Memorial Service Award was presented to two stellar members of the k’hilah: Dr. Paul Brody and Mr. Carl Rosenberg. Each expressed varied words of thanks following Rabbi Polakoff detailing their accomplishments and particular contributions to GNS and the larger Jewish Community.

By QJL Staff