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Benjamin Topor

While I've had the opportunity to meet many of you in person, I'll use this message to introduce myself to those who I haven't yet met.

My history with Shaare Zedek goes back a long way. As a young boy growing up in NDG I used to pray, play, and "pretend" to study at
Shaare Zedek. Now, 60 years later, I'm humbled and honoured to serve as your President.

My early connection as a USY member and student evolved in my late 20's when my wife Joanne and I were married by Rabbi Leffell z"l and Cantor Fogel z"l. Years later, my son Jordan was Bar Mitzvah'd by Rabbi Chinitz and all of my children (Lisa, Jordan, and Sabrina
were married by Rabbi Alan W. Bright and Cantor Yosi Even-Hen.

In recent years, Joanne and I have been blessed with seven grandchildren and we have been thrilled to host all of our Brith Milah's and
Baby Naming's at Shaare Zedek. Along with the good times, when we lost our parents, the clergy and the minyanaires were deeply
involved in comforting our family through the difficult times.

My mission now, as your President, is to make sure that Shaare Zedek continues to grow and prosper so that future generations can enjoy all of the benefits that we've been afforded. We've got a lot going on at Shaare Zedek Congregation and I hope you will participate.

Shana Tova to all!

Benjamin Topor

Thu, 27 February 2020 2 Adar 5780