Summer 2016

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Mercaz Celebrates Israel and a New President

MERCAZ USA -- Newsletter Summer 2016

Rarely do the Jewish and Western calendars line up as perfectly as they did last month as when the Fifth of Iyar (the official Hebrew date for Yom HaAtzmaut), May 14th (Israelís Day of Independence as per the Western calendar) and the MERCAZ USA General Council all filled the same weekend! But here they were, all these important dates, with the Fifth of Iyar on Friday, May 13th, then May 14th on Shabbat and then the MERCAZ general membership meeting and the election of new officers on Sunday, May 15th. Congratulations to Dr. Marilyn Lishnoff Wind of Bethesda, MD, who was elected MERCAZ USAís new president, succeeding Janet Tobin who served as the organizationís head since December, 2010. Dr. Wind, a scientist by training who worked at the Consumer Product Safety Commission for more than 30 years, is a veteran lay leader with both the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and Womenís League for Conservative Judaism and most recently served as a MERCAZ Vice President and Co-Chair of the MERCAZ/Conservative Movement Election Committee. Others elected to officer positions at the May 15th event, which was held at Congregation Kol Shalom in Rockville, MD, included Rabbi Daniel Dorsch, Rabbi Eytan Hammerman, Martin Werber and Rita Wertlieb (Vice Presidents), Gary Rosenthal (Secretary) and Eric Weis (Treasurer). In addition, the entire MERCAZ Board of Directors was elected to a new 30-month term of office which runs to late 2018/early 2019. Rabbi Dov Lipman, the former American-born Member of Knesset from the Yesh Atid Party and current Director of Public Diplomacy for the World Zionist Organization, served as the keynote speaker at the preliminary session and signed copies of his latest book, An American MK. Others participating in the biennial general membership event were Rabbi Matthew Simon, a former president of MERCAZ USA and MERCAZ Olami, who gave the Dvar Torah, Rabbi Alan Silverstein, the newly elected president of MERCAZ Olami, who gave greetings, and Rabbi Jonathan Z. Maltzman of Congregation Kol Shalom, who installed Dr. Wind as MERCAZ president..



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