Volunteers of the Month – July 2021

Linda Herman and Maura Lowenstein

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood… Won’t you be my neighbor?

Last summer prior to the High Holidays, Temple Beth El launched its Neighborhood Connections program. The goal of Neighborhood Connections is to reach out to our temple neighbors to ensure that all of our members are engaged with each other in a meaningful way and to deepen the connections between people within our Temple Beth El community.

This significant program was possible because of the leadership and creativity of the very dynamic duo of Linda Herman and Maura Lowenstein.

Linda and Maura divided our TBE community into neighborhoods and they identified 25 neighborhood connectors. They spent countless hours researching zip codes, postal codes and google maps to place our members into “neighborhoods.” They coordinated our holiday gift bags for Rosh Hashanah 2020, Hanukkah, and Purim and they helped to plan events for Neighborhood Connections. Because of the efforts of these 2 special women, new TBE friendships are growing and old friendships are being enhanced.

It is said that if you want something to be well done, ask a busy person to do the work. Linda and Maura are examples of this.

Linda serves as TBE’s Vice President of Membership Engagement. She has been a member of TBE since 1980 and has served our congregation in many different ways. Linda was involved with TBE’s capital building campaign and utilizing her expertise in planned giving, Linda was also involved in TBE’s endowment campaign. Among the things she loves doing for TBE is planning the “Shabbat Around TBE” dinner. Within the community, Linda is also very active with the League of Women’s Voters.

Maura and her husband, Jaime, who is the chair of TBE’s MENsch Club, and their twins, Abby and Patrick, have been TBE members since 2017. Maura credits their involvement to TBE member, Raye Murphy, who was Patrick’s kindergarten teacher. Raye had encouraged the Lowensteins’ to join the TBE family. Maura has been very involved with our social action project with the Garden Church and coordinated a group of youth in the mitzvah of making sandwiches each month to feed the hungry.

During the early days of the COVID pandemic, Linda led the Membership Engagement committee in reaching out to our congregants to check on their well-being and to identify ways that the TBE community might provide assistance. Both she and Maura assisted many congregants, checked in with them and provided the support that has been so needed. Whether it was sending boxes of candies, shopping for congregants or calling to say “we care about you” their many acts of kindness helped to keep TBE members connected.

Through their volunteerism, commitment and good deeds, Linda and Maura represent the welcoming community that is Temple Beth El. They understand the value of community and that each relationship is sacred.

Temple Beth is honored to recognize these two wonderful women as our Volunteers of the Month.

If you would like to nominate someone as Volunteer of the Month, please reach out to Carrie Jacobs. Thank you so much!