Congregation Kol Tikvah of Parkland is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a number of special events, highlighted by the19th Women of Valor fund raising luncheon and boutique by the congregation’s Sisterhood, taking place next Sunday April 3 at the congregation beginning at 10 a.m.
Rather than honor one or several prominent women, all the women of Congregation Kol Tikvah’s Sisterhood will be celebrated at the luncheon.
“We are very proud of the work of the growth of Sisterhood in our congregation. Over the past 25 years, sisterhood programs have expanded to include a variety of monthly educational, social, Judaic events that reaches women of all ages and interests,” said Vicky Goldstein, CKT Sisterhood president.
For the 25th anniversary luncheon, the Sisterhood chose to donate funds to the Kolot and Women In Distress organizations in Broward County.
Kolot, translated from Hebrew as “voices to end domestic abuse,” is part of the Goodman Jewish Family Services of Broward County Domestic Abuse Program.
Women In Distress offers to survivors of domestic abuse a 7 day, 24 hour shelter free of charge among other services to women and their children.
“Our fund raising goals are significant. Not only does Sisterhood support Kol Tikvah, we also make donations to our Religious School, Early Childhood Education and youth departments. Throughout the year, we also make donations to Jewish Adoptions and Foster Care Options, Family Central and Sharsheret for breast cancer research.”
CKT’s Sisterhood currently has 175 members and is involved in more than 20 different projects this year, including a Sisterhood led Shabbat service, a women’s seder event, among numerous Mitzvah Day and social action projects.
The CKT Men’s Club of 145 members also celebrated the 25th anniversary of the congregation with its “Mensch Of The Year” party that took place on March 26 in honor of current Men’s Club President Jay Siegel. The party honored five past presidents in addition to Siegel.
“We started the Men’s Club in 2007 with 16 men in attendance at our first meeting. Over the years, we built a board who had ideas for specific programs for men, such as fishing trips, card games, barbecue dinners, Sukkah building crews, softball games and more,” said Siegel.
“Mensch” is translated from Yiddish as “a good and honorable person.” Siegel has not only help build one of the country’s largest men’s clubs (according to him and other past CKT Men’s Club presidents), he has also ran the B’nai Mitzvah Usher program for four years, as well as chairing many other programs for the congregation.
“Although most congregations have traditionally had more members from Sisterhood, we are proud that the Men’s Club has a vital role at Congregation Kol Tikvah,” said Nat Nussbaum, who was the 2015 “Mensch Of The Year” honoree and a past president of the Men’s Club.
Founded by six Parkland families in 1991 that included an interfaith congregation, a Jew By Choice and several adopted children, the decision to become a Reform congregation was grown from having the need for all the families to be accepted and welcomed, according to the CKT website. The congregation currently has a membership of 365 families.
For tickets to the Sisterhood Women of Valor and more information on 25th anniversary events at Congregation Kol Tikvah, 6750 N. University Dr. in Parkland, call 954-346-7878 or go to www.koltikvah.net