Annual Meeting and Pancake Breakfast
Sunday, June 3 • 10:30 am
Celebrating Staff Milestone Anniversaries
Election and Installation of Officers
Shem Tov Award Presentation and more!
Adath Congregation 2018 Nominating Committee Report
Shem Tov Award Recipient — Chris Kellogg
This year we are honored to award Chris Kellogg, former Board President of the Adath Jeshurun Congregation, the Shem Tov Award.
The Shem Tov Award is presented to an Adath Jeshurun Congregation member who is a volunteer and gives extraordinary services to the congregation. These criteria include:
Chris joined Adath when she and her husband moved to Minneapolis in 1993. They knew they wanted to join a Conservative congregation yet were unfamiliar with the synagogues in town. They looked in the phone book and decided they would visit all the Conservative shuls and then make a decision. Adath was the first synagogue on their list. After visiting Adath and meeting the “warm and embracing” community, they looked no further.
While she was not Jewish at the time, Chris was committed to raising her children in a Jewish home. She enrolled her daughter, Miriam, in Gan Shelanu Preschool where her involvement in the Adath began. She was a supportive parent in the school from the beginning and willing to work on (and chair) various preschool committees. She was a valued member of the Primary Education Committee (eventually becoming the Vice President of Primary Education).
After Chris converted in 1994, her involvement with Adath expanded. Over the years, she has served our community in so many diverse ways, always with quiet wisdom and confidence. She was co-chair of the highly successful Synaplex Program, served as Adath’s Treasurer, was one of the first (if not the first) Jewish Life and Learning Vice President, was a valued member of the Engage Adath Initiative, was the congregation’s President and recently co-chaired the Cantor’s Search Committee. She has served on the Foundation Board for many years, and successfully chaired the RFP search for a new investment manager. Every responsibility she undertakes she gives it 110%. She is respectful of others’ ideas and opinions. She has devoted countless hours to Adath – always being humble, respectful and never asking for accolades.
With her excellent listening skills as well as her quiet confidence, she successfully engages congregant groups of all ages. With a sense of purpose and determination, she tackles every project and follows it through to completion. She participates in congregational learning, reads Torah and faithfully attends synagogue events. Chris is a Shabbat morning regular and is always engaging current members and introducing herself to people she is not familiar with on Saturday mornings and holidays.