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THE BETH EL GIFT SHOP HISTORY

From the early 1950s, Congregation Beth El has operated its own lay-led gift shop, established and run by the Sisterhood. Originally gift shop items were displayed on a simple counter in the corner of the social hall, always including aprons created by Sisterhood member Sidie Fried. In 1961 Odette Blachman (a founder of Beth El) and Sydel Lemmerman (grandmother of Beth El’s former Rabbi/Musical Director Reuben Zellman) took over the operation. Today, under the direction of Robinn Magid, the gift shop generates significant revenue for the synagogue. As a nod to its humble beginnings the inventory always includes aprons.

Mon, November 28 2022 4 Kislev 5783