Friday, May 19, 2006

Finally getting his just deserts (not to mention desserts)--my husband is honored by our synagogue

Last night, our synagogue honored my husband for his many years of community service. He's been treasurer of our shul for so many years that we're both lost track of how many (I thought it was nine years, but he thinks it's eleven), head of the Ritual Committee, the poor guy who gives out honors in shul on Shabbat (Sabbath) and holidays, and, since he's one of less than a handful of congregants who can do a haftarah without prior notice (I'm not among that illustrious number), the most frequent haftarah chanter in the congregation. He's also the radically-underpaid accountant for the local Jewish social services agency, as well as the volunteer "quartermaster" (treasurer) for the local Jewish War Veterans post ( having served stateside in the Payroll Office during the Vietnam War). The shul honored him with a concert of religious and secular Jewish music and "general" music including Broadway tunes, arias, and art songs, and gave him a beautiful Coach wallet . Then all of us got to stuff ourselves with delicious cakes and pastries. It was delightful. Not to mention long overdue.

The only sour note of the evening was the absence of our rabbi, as usual. (See Wedmesday the Rabbi Slept Late, round 2, which includes a link to round 1--maybe I should call this round "Thursday the Rabbi Went to Bed Early.") Just as he didn't show up for the siyyum bechorim or the annual Yom HaShoa commemoration, he didn't show up when a member of his own synagogue's board was honored. If he had a problem with kol isha, the prohibition observed by many Orthodox Jews against a man listening to a woman sing, he could have written a one-sentence note saying that he was sorry that he wouldn't be able to attend the concert but wanted to congratulate my husband on being honored by the congregation. You would think that, after so many years of studying Talmud, he would understand the concept of derech eretz, common human decency and courtesy. I wasn't kidding when I said that this man has nothing but contempt for his own congregation.

Well, enough of that. I refuse to let that man ruin the fun. I'm tickled pink to see the Punster finally get the recognition that he so richly deserves.

7 Comments:

Blogger PsychoToddler said...

Mazel Tov to the Punster on his honoring!

Sun May 28, 09:06:00 PM 2006  
Blogger Unknown said...

Mazel Tov! :) (belated)

Mon May 29, 12:41:00 PM 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark/PT and Ezzie, thank you very much. Your recognition is an honor to me.

Mon May 29, 05:11:00 PM 2006  
Blogger Unknown said...

Mazel Tov!

Tue May 30, 05:32:00 PM 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks, Glen.

Wed May 31, 12:17:00 AM 2006  
Blogger Sheyna said...

My apologies I haven't been keeping up on my blog reading lately! Kol hakavod to the Punster - and WOW on being able to chant haftarah without notice! I know how hard it is to chant WITH notice (and lots of it). I'm sure it's very validating to be publicly recognized for all of the behind-the-scenes work. Mazal tov!

Wed Jun 07, 12:01:00 AM 2006  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

*My* apologies on not having kept up with my comment reading!

Here's what the Punster has to say:

Thanks, Sheyna. I appreciate the recognition.

Sun Jul 02, 01:04:00 PM 2006  

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