by Sharon Garber
It started with the kugel. When my beloved Aunt Lila began having swallowing problems due to her Parkinson’s, Beth Mayerich, catering director, made special portions of her fabulous kugel for Lila that were right-sized for her, delicious and easy to swallow. It may seem like a small gesture, but it had a huge impact on someone who loved to eat but was very limited in her choices. It became standard fare for quite a while and even was a Hannukah gift one year.
By Sari Lederman, Mother of the Bride
When my daughter got engaged and we started planning her wedding she had one request. She wanted to keep as much at the synagogue as possible. Even though she did not grow up at Adath and was now living out of town, we knew somehow we needed to incorporate Bnai Emet and Adath into her wedding day. We met first with Bernie and asked him if he thought Beth and her staff could handle such an event and how many people the synagogue could hold. We also talked about what is at Adath that came over from Bnai Emet. We discussed timing and staff that would be available for us that day. We also addressed that the bride and groom did not live in Minnesota, so all planning would be taking place long distance and I would be the point person. Bernie was honest in his response and really helped everyone feel confident that it was doable.
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