Temple Sholom proudly honored several of its beloved “treasures” at the 2024 Gala held on January 27.
Past president Alexandra Hochman, artist-in-residence Sheldon Low and the Jubilee Class of 50+ years of consecutive membership were recognized in front of 200+ attendees for their ongoing commitment and dedication to the congregation.
Since joining the synagogue in 2008, Hochman has become one of the most significant leaders in Temple Sholom’s 100+ year history. In addition to being the second female president, she also holds the distinction of being the only Temple Sholom president to serve a term of four consecutive years. During her Presidency, Hochman navigated the changing environment of the Covid-19 pandemic, working closely with the clergy and staff to find new ways to maintain connection among the community.
Since the end of her tenure in June 2023, Hochman has joined Temple Sholom Sisterhood’s Board, as well as the synagogue’s Investment and Security Committees.
Sheldon Low is one of the most widely recognized names in contemporary Jewish music and pop-folk today, performing over 100 concerts, ‘Light Up Shabbat’ services, seminars, and Artist-in-Residency weekends in Jewish communities throughout North America each year.
As Temple Sholom’s Artist-in-Residence for more than 15 years, Low is best known by the Temple Sholom community for leading High Holiday Family & Tot Services; he is also a regular fixture at the outdoor “Shabbat on the Sound” service and Passover Seders. This year, Low has been working with students in the Temple Sholom Learning Center and will highlight their progress during a Shabbat Service in May.
Last but not least, Temple Sholom’s Jubilee Class has been an ongoing source of strength and support in the Jewish community.
This small but shining group will celebrate the significant milestone of 50+ consecutive years of membership this year.
It was announced at the Gala that a new Torah cover would be commissioned in honor of their contributions over the past half a century, and will be displayed in the Temple’s Sanctuary as a symbol of their meaningful legacy.
The jewel-inspired Gala was organized by committee co-chairs Allison Jackson and Meryl Sole and included cocktails, a buffet dinner, dessert and a live DJ after party.