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Sharon and Rabbi Richard Hammerman – Rabbi Mordecai Waxman Rabbinic Leadership Award
Rabbi Richard Hammerman has devoted over 50 years to the Conservative/Masorti Movement as a professional and volunteer. His served leadership includes: Masorti Olami, Camp Ramah, Conservative Yeshiva, JTS Chancellor Rabbinic Cabinet, Masorti Foundation, MERCAZ, Schechter Institute, Solomon Schechter Academy, and United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism.
In 2005, Rabbi Hammerman retired from Congregation B’nai Israel, Toms River, New Jersey after serving as its spiritual leader for over 31 years.
Sharon Freiberg Hammerman is a product of the Conservative Movement. She celebrated her baby naming and Bat Mitzvah at Beth David Synagogue in Greensboro, NC. Sharon was a camper and staff member at three Ramah camps and was active in Seaboard Division of USY. Sharon earned an MSW from Columbia University and taught at Ocean County College for over 12-years. Sharon created Toms River’s “Kosher Meals-on-Wheels” and served in leadership positions at Solomon Schechter Academy and Women’s League.
Sharon & Richard have visited Masorti Jewish communities throughout the world including, most recently, Israel, Cuba, France, England & Hungary. They are the proud parents of Leah, Rabbi Eytan (and Rebecca Hammerman) and Rabbi Yael (and Rabbi Joshua Rabin) and grandparents of Ary, Rena, Lani and Hannah. All Hammerman children are passionate Jewish professionals.
Sharon & Richard live in Caldwell, NJ and are active congregants with Congregation Agudath Israel.
Claude Machline – Rabbi Benjamin Z. Kreitman International Leadership Award
Claude was born in Paris on November 26, 1941. His father, Yitzhak Machline, escaped the pogroms in Ukraine and immigrated to France on December 1, 1911. His mother, Sheindel Simkhovitch-Machline, was born in France in 1919.
His family spent the war from 1942 to 1945 as refugees in the center of France. Most of his mother’s family perished in Auschwitz. Claude married Annette Roge in 1974 and together have three children and two grandsons.
After high school, Claude went to the University of Sciences in Paris to study dentistry. He then worked for a major European International Agro Company and became its CEO after 20 years of service. For over 45 years, Claude has been a successful commodity broker.
Claude’s main hobby is Judaism and all topics related to it. He likes old cars, tennis, and football (as a spectator).
Claude founded the Masorti Movement in Paris in 1987 and Masorti Europe in 2002. He is an active member of the French Zionist Federation where he represents Mercaz Olami. Claude sits on the Boards of the World Zionist Organization and the Jewish Agency.
Cantors Fredda and Jack Mendelson – Hiddur Mitzvah Award
Cantor Fredda Mendelson was ordained from the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music at HUC-JIR in 1996. She has served on the Executive Board of the Cantors Assembly and the Hebrew Union College School of Sacred Music Alumni Association. Fredda recently retired from Larchmont Temple of New York where she served for seventeen years.
Before entering the Cantorate, Fredda was an internationally acclaimed opera and concert singer, singing leading roles in most of America’s important opera houses and bringing the Verdi repertoire to cities like Barcelona, Frankfurt, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paolo and Las Palmas, Canary Islands. She can be heard on “Jewish Music and More”, a CD recorded live from Chicago with her husband Cantor Jack Mendelson, and Charles Osborne’s “Souls on Fire”, based on the book by Elie Wiesel.
Cantor Jacob (Jack) Ben-Zion Mendelson grew up in Brooklyn and was fortunate to witness the dwindling days of the Golden Age of Hazzanut. Cantor Mendelson is a graduate of both American Opera Center at Julliard School and Hebrew Union College Sacred School of Music. For over 25 years, Cantor Mendelson has taught at H.L. Miller Cantorial School at Jewish Theological Seminary and Hebrew Union College Sacred School of Music. Cantor Mendelson served at President of the Cantors Assembly from 2003-2004.
Cantor Mendelson retired from Temple Israel Center in White Plains in 2014 where he served for 28 years. He has multiple film credits including, 100 Voices, Journey of Spirit and Deli Man. Cantor Mendelson has performed in Germany, Israel, Italy, Poland
Cantor Mendelson continues to share the mastery of Hazonos as Teacher, Master Coach and Scholar-in-Residence. He is currently touring a riveting performance called The Cantor’s Couch, which is a sequel to A Cantor’s Tale. The one man show is written by Mark Bieler, directed by Erik Anjou and original music is by Jonathan Comisar.
Fredda & Jacob are the proud parents of Daniel who recently married Amanda Kleinman.
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Annual Tribute Event Committee Members 2015
Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove
Rabbi Jules Harlow
Rabbi Jan Kaufman
Cantor Azi Schwartz
Rabbi Alan Silverstein
Rabbi Chuck Simon
Rabbi Jonathan Waxman
Rabbi Tzvi Graetz
Rabbi Randy Brown