Annual Tribute Event 2017
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Rabbi Philip Scheim – Rabbi Mordecai Waxman Rabbinic Leadership Award
Rabbi Philip Scheim has entered his thirty-seventh year at Beth David Congregation in Toronto, Canada, where he has served since his ordination at JTS in 1981. Currently International President of the Rabbinical Assembly, Phil has been active in Masorti and Movement causes through the years, and in numerous charitable organizations in Israel and Canada. He co-edited the RA/Schechter Institute Megillat Hashoah, and was instrumental in the creation of the newly published Pirkei Avot – Lev Shalem. He currently serves as Secretary on the Board of MERCAZ Olami.
Phil is the proud father of Ayden and Benji and fiancé of Brenda Bader.
Lena & Rabbi Reuven Stamov – Rabbi Benjamin Z. Kreitman International Leadership Award
Rabbi Reuven Stamov was born to a secular family in Crimea. His early involvement in Judaism was through the Reform movement and his initial contact with the Masorti Movement was through his work as a Madrich at Camp Ramah Yachad in 2002. At this point his questioning of the Reform movement led him to be increasingly involved in Conservative Judaism.
The following year he made Aliyah, and within the year was working for Midreshet Yerushalayim and short thereafter began doing short-term Shlichut for Marom Ukraine.
In 2005 he married Lena, who he met on a Marom Shabbaton in Kiev, and the two of them settled in Jerusalem, where Reuven started learning at The Schechter Institute. Following his ordination in 2012, he returned to Kiev as the first Conservative Rabbi in the FSU, and organized an existing community there into the first Masorti Kehillah.
In addition to his congregation, he is active in the wider community, and pairs up with Moishe House and Hillel, as well as the JDC and the Jewish Agency. He is also working with Rabbi Chaim Weiner and Rabbi Shlomo Zacharow to pioneer the first Conservative Hashgacha in Ukraine.
Lena Stamov grew up in Rivne in Western Ukraine to a secular family, and she first became religiously involved through the Jewish Youth Club in Donetsk run by Chabad. While pursuing her degree in Jewish Studies in Donetsk University, she was working in the Israeli Cultural Center as a music teacher teaching voice and piano. It was at this time that she was first introduced to the Conservative Movement in Ukraine by a teacher who was a JTS graduate. Disenchanted with Chabad, she was drawn to Conservative Judaism.
In 2004 Lena opened a conservative Sunday School in Donetsk along with Gila Katz, where she served as the director. They brought some of their students to Camp Ramah Yachad, where Lena first met Reuven. Two years later Lena made Aliyah, and in 2011 she graduated from the Conservative Yeshiva.
Having returned to Ukraine the following year as Shlichim, Lena became director of community education in Masoret Kiev, a position she still holds, as well as being Rakezet of NOAM Ukraine, and Educational Director of Camp Ramah Yachad.
Earlier this year Lena completed her MA in Jewish Studies at Kyiv-Mohyla Acadamy, and is currently pursuing two doctorates in philosophy and in literature, culture and concept of Agnon at Donetsk National University in Vinnytsia.
Lena and Reuven are the proud parents of three beautiful girls: Miryam, Alisa and Hana.
Penny & Claudio Pincus – Hiddur Mitzvah Award
Penny and Claudio Pincus are active supporters and benefactors of Jewish day schools, synagogues, rabbinic education, social action, and the arts. They are involved with the Masorti Movement in the United States, Israel and Latin America.
Claudio serves as Chairman of the International Board of the Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano Marshall T. Meyer, its Center for Innovation and Development for Jewish Education ‘Rudy Pincus, Z”L’ and Tali AmLat. He is also a Board Member of The Schechter Institutes.
Claudio is the Founder and President of The Quantic Group, a pharmaceutical and biotech consulting company.
Penny serves on the board of the Meyers-JDC-Brookdale Institute and on the Advisory Committee of the Berkshire Children and Families Kids 4 Harmony program.
Penny and Claudio are sponsors of “Schools with a Heart,” a Joint Distribution Committee program in Israel for children at educational risk. They are also active supporters of the AJC, Beit Hatfutsot, JNF, the Terezin Music Foundation, and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
They are members of Congregation Ohr Shalom in Summit, NJ; Nueva B’nai Israel in Santiago, Chile; B’nai Jeshurun in NYC; and The Berkshire Minyan.
They are the proud parents of Aaron and Daniel, and grandparents of Reya and Seth.
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Annual Tribute Event Committee Members 2017
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Gillian Caplin (President), New North London, UK
Mary Sanders (Tribute Chair), Habonim, NY
Rabbi Mauricio Balter, Modi’in, Israel
Rabbi Hector Epelbaum, Temple Beth Israel, Florida
Tehila Reuben, Jerusalem, Israel