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Gary Lander writes, “I retired from the practice of law with my firm on June 30. I don’t have a plan or a bucket list other than to learn to play the guitar after 50 years of doodling — probably bluegrass/Doc Watson style. I also hope to travel, including to Israel and Europe, and will get more active in the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs and some other volunteer work in the arts. I’m not on Facebook or Twitter, so contact me through BConnect or the old-fashioned ways — call, phone or email.” After 30 years of distinguished service, Rabbi
Howard Lifshitz was honored upon his retirement by Congregation Beth Judea in Buffalo Grove, Ill., with a weekend celebration, “Expressions of Gratitude.” He remains with the congregation as rabbi emeritus. “Many rabbis look to move,” he told a local newspaper. “I am very fortunate to [have] come to a relatively small synagogue and watched it continue to grow. It gave me an opportunity to grow with it.” Howard has served as president of the Chicago Region of the Rabbinical Assembly and as secretary of the Jewish Community and Family Service of Metropolitan Chicago. He has an honorary doctorate from the Jewish Theological Seminary, which also awarded him the Simon Greenberg Award for Outstanding Rabbinic Service.
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