At the WUPJ WRJ IHAD Gala Award Dinner, Boston 2017

At the WUPJ WRJ IHAD Gala Award Dinner, in Boston 2017. From left: Sonja Geuntner; Carole Sterling, Chair WUPJ; Austin Beutel; Nani Beutel; Jane Taves; Rabbi Daniel H. Friedlander, President WUPJ

More than 400 people attended the World Union’s gala dinner event at the URJ Biennial in Boston in December 2017. With over 40 delegates from outside North America and more than 30 young leaders, the event reflected the global reach of the work of Nani and Austin Beutel and Rabbi Meir Azari, all visionary supporters and advocates of a Progressive Judaism that emanates from a strong and central Israel.

As Rabbi Friedlander commented, “It is up to the World Union to fill the need for a vibrant, creative and Progressive global Jewish movement around the world.”

Following speeches and awards, Israeli conductor and composer, Or Oren, led the 41-piece orchestra in the North American premiere of the Debbie Friedman orchestral suite.

Singing Debbie Friedman's Ose Shalom at the WUPJ WRJ IHAD Gala Dinner in Boston 2017

Leading the sing-along of Debbie Friedman’s Ose Shalom at the WUPJ WRJ IHAD Gala Dinner in Boston 2017. From left: Rabbi Daniel H. Friedlander, President WUPJ; Cantor Jeff Klepper; Rabbi Lisa Tzur; and Josh Nelson

Concluding the evening was a unique opportunity for the audience to join students and friends of Debbie Friedman – Rabbi Daniel Freelander, Rabbi Lisa Tzur, Josh Nelson and Cantor Jeffrey Klepper – in a moving rendition of ‘Ose Shalom’.

The gala event was held in partnership with the Women of Reform Judaism, with both organizations thanking its active and present board members, donors, volunteers and staff in attendance.

 

 

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For more information about the event, including how you can donate in honor of Nani and Austin Beutel and/or Rabbi Meir Azari, click here.