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VOL. 12 NO. 2                                                                            FEBRUARY 2022

      Community Members Celebrate

      Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

         To honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,      Volunteers packaged nearly 10,000 meals for local food   Dog Ranch Rescue, CROS Ministries, Feeding South Florida,
      Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County and its Jewish   banks, assembled 1,500 toiletry kits for homeless shelters   Paint Your Heart Out, Palm Beach County Food Bank, Kind
      Volunteer Center and Jewish Community Relations Council,   — an effort that included 1,000 packaged by Palm Beach   Kitchen, Red Apple Supplies, St. Ann Catholic Church,
      in partnership with Palm Beach Atlantic University,   Day Academy families; gleaned thousands of pounds of   Northend RISE, Sea Turtle Adventure, National Council of
      spearheaded a meaningful and powerful day of service on   vegetables  for  food  insecure  families;  picked  up  more   Jewish Women, and more.
      MLK Day. Now in its seventh year, more than 550 community   than 100 pounds of garbage; cared for animals; helped      “While acts of hate and antisemitism sadly continue to
      members of all faiths, races, and ages volunteered through a   revitalize,  paint,  and refresh four  community  projects;   increase locally and beyond, this event is such an incredible
      range of in-person and at-home opportunities at 16 locations   dropped off donations; and much more.   symbol of unity, solidarity, and impact when those of all
      across Palm Beach County.                             Volunteer projects supported organizations including Big
                                                                                                           Community Members Celebrate on page 2



                                                                                                            New Cantor

                                                                                                               Temple Emanu-
                                                                                                            El  of Palm Beach has
                                                                                                            appointed Cantor Meir
                                                                                                            Finkelstein  as  its  next
                                                                                                            cantor. He will succeed
      Palm Beach Synagogue Wins                                                                             Cantor David Feuer, who
                                                                                                            announced his retirement
      at the Palm Beach Marathon                                                                            and will step down later
                                                                                                            this spring after 35 years
                                                                                                            of devoted service.
                                                                                                               Finkelstein  is  one
         Runners and volunteers                                                                             the most preeminent
      from Palm Beach Synagogue                                                                             cantors in the world and is also among the most prolific
      participated in the Marathon                                                                          and admired composers of Jewish liturgical music in our
      of the Palm Beaches to raise                                                                          generation. He possesses a beautiful lyric tenor voice and
      money for Afikim, a charity                                                                           has composed more than 150 liturgical pieces, many of
      in Israel that provides food,                                                                         which are sung weekly in synagogues throughout North
      tutoring, camp, and afterschool                                                                       America and around the world.
      programs to underprivileged                                                                              Born in Israel, Finkelstein moved to London at an early
      youth.                                                                                                age, when his father, the late Zvi Finkelstein, accepted a
         The synagogue’s marathon                                                                           cantorial position there. Demonstrating prodigious talent
      runner,  Izzy  Peer,  won  his                                                                        as a youngster, he became the cantor of a small synagogue
      age division, males ages                                                                              in Glasgow, Scotland, where, at age 14, he became the
      25-29. The  half-marathon                                                                             youngest cantor in Europe. At 18, Finkelstein returned to
      runners were Rebbetzin Dinie                      The Magin family participating in the marathon, Yoni as a   London to become the cantor of one of that city’s most
      Scheiner, Lauren Glaun, and  Rebbetzin Dinie Scheiner   volunteer and Ariel and Keren as members of the marathon   prestigious congregations, Golders Green Synagogue.
      Tiffany Tendler. Two co-ed  runs the half marathon.  relay team                                       While in London, he also attended the Royal College of
      relay teams placed in the top                                                                         Music, from which he graduated with a degree in voice,
      half of their field — the runners were Ben Gordon, Stephen      Along with competing in the marathon, the synagogue   composition, and piano.
      Kaplan, Gregory Garfinkel, Keren Magin, Ariel Magin,   hosted a Wacky Water Station and its volunteers handed      Several years later, Finkelstein moved to the United
      Rhonda Trust-Schwartz, Greg Thorpe, and Rosie Halfon.  out water, Gatorade, and fruit to runners at the 21 and   States where, over the years, he has served as cantor at
                                                                                 25 mile markers. The water   several of the largest and most prominent synagogues
                                                                                 stations competed against   in North America. He comes to Palm Beach from
                                                                                 each other to win a donation   Congregation Beth Yeshurun in Houston, through the
                                                                                 for  the  organization they   assistance and encouragement of his good friend Cantor
                                                                                 represented. Stations were   Feuer, with whom Cantor Finkelstein has performed
                                                                                 judged based on energy,    together in concerts over the years.
                                                                                 music, theme, and spirit. The      Dr. Steven Horowitz, president of Temple Emanu-El,
                                                                                 synagogue won second place   stated, “We are thrilled that Cantor Finkelstein will be
                                                                                                            joining our community and we look forward to celebrating
                                                                                 Palm Beach Synagogue       a bright and successful future together.”
                                                                                 Wins on page 2
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