October 19, 2019
7 p.m. – Event Begins
Co-Chairs: Fran & Chuck Mannis and Ronnie & Allen Brockman
Congregation Shaare Emeth is pleased to announce the 2019 Heart & Soul Gala: Gathering in Gratitude and Honoring Greatness. Over the past few years Congregation Shaare Emeth has continued to grow in our commitment to making Judaism relevant, meaningful and joyful, and the Heart & Soul Gala is an investment in that commitment.
Described by many as a “force”, Sue Matlof has harnessed her passion for community over the last 30 years in order to showcase all that Shaare Emeth has to offer. From establishing the Michael Matlof Fund for Homebound Services, which allows anyone to livestream services from the comfort of their home, to organizing free-of-cost events for our 150th Celebration, Sue has prioritized accessibility for our congregants. She has planned installation ceremonies for members of our clergy, served on the Temple board, volunteered at Saul Mirowitz Day School, and supported JF&CS, amongst other volunteer efforts. Through Sue’s work, our Temple community has become more vibrant, inclusive, and secure for the generations to come.
The Harris Frank Community Service Award has been established to recognize members of Shaare Emeth who have demonstrated exemplary service to the Congregation, the St. Louis Jewish community, and the greater St. Louis community.
For the past five years, Ted Houser has embodied the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) in his volunteer work with Peter & Paul Men’s Shelter. Once a month, Ted and his wife, Jennifer, organize Shaare Emeth members in cooking and serving meals for the shelter. Additionally, he has served on the Temple board, chaired Mitzvah Day, acted as the Religious School Traffic Director, participated heavily in the Temple’s Moving Justice to the Center Campaign, volunteered with Room at the Inn, and sits on the Tzedek Committee. In all that Ted does, he highlights our obligation to improving our world ー and in doing so sets an example and encourages others in our community to do the same.
The Tzedek Award acknowledges members of the congregation whose lives exemplify the Jewish value of tzedek (righteous action) both within the congregation and in the community at large.