Carol Katzman, chairman of the 20th annual Purim Gala, announced that the 2018 Gala will be honoring Dr. Jay and Marjorie Robinow with the Mordechai Award. The Gala will be held on Sunday, January 28 and is the annual fundraiser for Congregation Beth Israel Abraham & Voliner.
“I cannot think of more fitting recipients for the Award than Margie and Jay,” said Katzman. “As Mordechai, the protagonist in the Book of Esther, sought the welfare of his people, the Robinows have contributed to BIAV and the community in innumerable ways. In addition, Mordechai courageously stepped forward to save the Jewish people when their existence was threatened. Similarly, the Robinows have never hesitated to step forward on larger issues, such as spearheading the Anti-BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel) legislation in the Kansas Legislature.”
This fun-filled event will be at the new Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center at 8788 Metcalf Avenue, starting at 5 p.m with cocktails, a silent auction, and a tour of the Johnson County Museum, which is now located in the Center. Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Past award recipients include: Rabbi Morey Schwartz, 1998; A. Robert Gast, 1999; Neil and Blanche Sosland, 2000; Merilyn Berenbom, 2001; Jerry and Lisa Bernard, 2002; Bernard H. Brown, 2003; Florence Melton, z’l, 2004; Cy and Esther Rudnick, 2006; G. Richard Hastings, 2007; Jim Badzin, 2008; The Helzberg Leadership Program, 2009; the Honorable Gov. Sam Brownback, 2010; Esther Levens and the late Vrem Levens, 2011; Todd Stettner, 2012; BIAV’s Young Adults, 2013; Bonnie and Matt Siegel, 2014; the Mitzvah Garden and Friends of Sheffield Cemetery, 2015; KC Baseball, 2016; and Helene and Mort Singer, 2017.
Invitations to Purim Gala, sponsored by BIAV, will be mailed shortly. Opportunities for sponsorships and ads in the virtual journal are available. For more information, to volunteer, or to make reservations for BIAV’s Gala fundraiser, contact Joel Krichiver in the BIAV office at (913) 341-2444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.