On Sunday, March 18 Sinai Temple Men’s Club held its 31st Annual Burning Bush Gala, honoring Sinai Temple’s Rabbi Erez Sherman and Cantor Marcus Feldman. The Burning Bush Awards are presented annually to deserving men and women of the Sinai community who represent strong Jewish values, unwavering support of Israel and a deep commitment to giving back. This year’s recipients are pillars of Sinai Temple and are deeply defined by their Jewish identities.
Rabbi Sherman’s award was presented to him by colleague and longtime friend, Rabbi Jason Fruithandler. Rabbi Fruithandler spoke of Rabbi Sherman’s unwavering commitment to both his family and his synagogue. He described Rabbi Sherman as Sinai’s “Yes Man,” always willing to solve problems and make things happen. Cantor Feldman’s award was presented by Sinai Temple’s Rabbi Nicole Guzik, who remarked at the Cantor’s incredible ability to infuse joy and a love of Judaism, through song, into everyone he comes across.
The evening also highlighted and raised funds for two critical Jewish organizations, Beit T’Shuvah and the Israel Air Force Center Foundation. Over $100,000 was raised in support of these partner organizations. The 2018 Burning Bush Gala was co-chaired by Men’s Club members Farideh and Farshad Rafii.