US awards volunteers
by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2007-05-16
The United Synagogue has recognised the contribution its volunteers both young and old play in the community at an event at London's St. John's Wood Synagogue which saw six people and one group picking up awards.
With Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks, along with his wife Lady Sacks in attendance, the winners collected their awards in front of an audience of over 200 people.
"If you want to build anything that really lasts, it will be built by volunteers, and tonight is a wonderful opportunity to thank all the nominees for all they have given to their communities," said Sir Jonathan.
From a list of over 100 nominations, the winners were whittled down into a number of categories including new volunteer, communal group and young individual.
Youngest winner was 18-year-old Jonathan Sherman for his contribution to the Kenton community received his award for five years of active service in Kenton Youth Service and four years serving on the Kenton Shul Youth Board while Catch at Chigwell & Hainault scooped the Communal Group award for its work in helping senior citizens, those in hospital and also the bereaved.
The full list of winners:
Tribe young individual Jonathan Sherman, Kenton
New volunteer Francine Wunsh, Belmont
Adult Individual Doreen Morris, Kenton
Tribe communal Kezia Berelson with Esther & Rachel Rainsbury, Wanstead & Woodford
Adult communal Sidney Assor, Kingston
Long service Martin Brownstein, Chigwell & Hainault
Communal group Catch, Chigwell & Hainault