Dinner will honor Wendy Miles and Jim Benjamin.
(Courtesy of Stamford Chevra Kadisha) Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik, the senior rabbi at Congregation Shearith Israel in New York City and director of the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University, will be this year’s featured speaker at the annual Stamford Chevra Kadisha Dinner. The event will be held at Temple Beth El on Thursday evening, February 22, 2018 at 6 p.m. His topic will be “Abraham Lincoln’s Death on Pesach: The American Jewish Community’s Reaction to a Slain Leader.”
This year’s dinner will honor Jim Benjamin and Wendy Miles, two dedicated and longstanding members of the Stamford Chevra Kadisha.
“The annual Chevra Kadisha dinner is one of the most eagerly awaited community events on the calendar,” said Michael Feldstein, who is on the dinner committee. “It’s especially gratifying this year to honor Wendy Miles and Jim Benjamin, who typify the quiet commitment and tremendous dedication of our Chevra members. It is also an honor to welcome Rabbi Soloveichik to speak in our community. Rabbi Soloveichik delivered the benediction at the 2012 Republican National Convention, and his sermons, lectures and classes always draw enthusiastic crowds.”
After graduating from Yeshiva College, Rabbi Dr. Soloveichik obtained his rabbinic ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University. He holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University in religion. A native of Chicago, Rabbi Soloveichik was the assistant rabbi at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun in New York City, and also worked at The Jewish Center in New York City, before assuming the pulpit as senior rabbi at Congregation Shearith Israel.
This year marks the first time that the dinner will be held at Temple Beth El. “Rabbi Hammerman and Temple Beth El have always been supportive of our local Chevra Kadisha, as have been our other community rabbis,” said Feldstein. “We are grateful that Temple Beth El has allowed us to hold our annual dinner at its synagogue this year.”
The cost of attending the dinner is $54 a person. Sponsorships are available at $180, which entitle an individual to two dinner reservations and can be dedicated in honor of an individual or in memory of a loved one.