JTS Tribute Dinner to Honor Local Residents

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March 4, 2008, Alexandria, VA

Ira Bartfield, Robyn and Stan Feuerberg, Joseph Flax, Debbie and Perry Immerman, and Roberta and Henry Wulf will receive Community Service Awards, and Miriam Berkowitz will receive the Young Leadership Award, at The Jewish Theological Seminary’s Annual Northern Virginia Tribute Dinner.

The event will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 30 at Agudas Achim Congregation, 2908 Valley Drive, Alexandria. David Ackerman, Rabbi, National Outreach, will be the guest speaker.

A past president of Congregation Etz Hayim, Ira Bartfield currently serves as the congregation’s sheliah tzibbur (service leader) and Torah reader. He is also a past president of the Seaboard Region of the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs (FJMC) and currently serves on its International Board. A co-chair of the Northern Virginia Friends of JTS, Bartfield has held leadership positions in the United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism. He also served on the Board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, is a long-time board member of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, a past president of the Chesapeake Bay Region of B’nai B’rith, where he sits on the Executive Committee of its International Board of Governors, and served on the board of Gesher, northern Virginia’s Jewish day school. A staff member of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, for many years, he and his wife, Kathy, have been married for thirty-two years.

The Feuerberg name is synonymous with a commitment to synagogue and Judaism. The couple met while serving as chaperones at a USY kinnus in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1982, and were leaders in synagogues in Denver, Colorado, and Rutland, Vermont, before moving to northern Virginia. Long-time members of Congregation Beth Emeth, one of their two daughters was the first bat mitzvah to chant Torah, blessings, and prayers through the use of a computer/voice synthesizer. The Feuerbergs are also involved with Easter Seals Virginia, where Stan Feuerberg is a member of its board of directors and was honored in 2003 as its Philanthropist of the Year. In 2005, Governor John Warner appointed him to the Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council, which oversees the operation of the state’s community independent living centers for disabled adults. Stan Feuberberg is president and CEO of the Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative.

An active member of Agudas Achim Congregation in Arlington for many decades, Joe Flax exemplifies service to the Jewish community. A member of B’nai B’rith and the Zionist Organization of America for more than sixty years, his years of involvement with Agudas Achim have been marked by service on the board of directors and as vice president, treasurer, and president. A dedicated minyan member, he attends every minyan, six days a week, when he is in Virginia. Flax and his wife, Beverly, have two sons.

Debbie and Perry Immerman's involvement in Jewish communal life knows no bounds—often quite literally. Since their marriage in 1971, Perry Immerman’s career as an officer in information technology for the United States Air Force has taken them all over the world, during which time they played central roles in more than a dozen Jewish congregations in the United States and overseas and received several citations from the Air Force Chief of Chaplains for their leadership endeavors. Currently members of Congregation Sha'are Shalom, formerly known as the Loudoun Jewish Congregation, Debbie Immerman has held board positions and served on numerous committees. Under Perry Immerman’s tenure as president, the congregation built the first synagogue in Loudoun County. During that time, the congregation partnered with JTS to establish the inaugural Gladstein Rabbinic Fellowship Program. Under its auspices, rabbinic students who mentor with senior rabbis at large congregations gain experience by working in a small, emerging congregation—initially, Congregation Sha'are Shalom.

Roberta and Henry Wulf are pillars of Jewish communal life in northern Virginia. Roberta Wulf’s volunteer experiences include frequent endeavors on the school and neighborhood level, as well as efforts with the Jewish Community Relations Council. Her professional life encompassed varied positions, culminating with service to the Fairfax County Public Library. A statistician with the US Census Bureau for many years, Henry Wulf is currently a member and the budget chair of the Fairfax County Human Services Council. Together, the Wulfs have been loyal and active members of Olam Tikvah for many years. Roberta Wulf served on the board of directors and held several leadership positions, including serving as Olam Tikvah’s first female president. Henry Wulf led and is still active in organizing Olam Tikvah Chevra Kaddisha, participates as a shames for Shabbat services, is the northern Virginia representative on the Jewish Funeral Practices Committee of Greater Washington, and is a Men's Club member.

Miriam Berkowitz has held numerous key positions at Gesher Jewish Day School in Fairfax, where she is currently vice president of Long Range Planning. She serves on the board of directors and the Jewish Identity Division of the Planning and Allocations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. A member of the Jewish Leadership Council of Northern Virginia, she co-chaired the Shalom Baby program for three years. In addition to their longtime association with Agudas Achim Congregation, Miriam and her husband, Jeffrey, are associate members at Congregation Olam Tikvah in Fairfax. They have two daughters who attend Gesher Jewish Day School.

The couvert is $125 per person. Reservations are required by March 20. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Rickey Goodman at (215) 376-0474.