January 13, 2020

Celebrating Sam


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Congregation Brith Sholom “Celebrating Sam” for 50 Years of Service – March 6-7, 2020

Strong communities are often bound by a common thread. At Congregation Brith Sholom, that thread has been the manner in which the congregation has been led in prayer.

A Shaliach Tzibur or “messenger of the community”refers to the individual who leads services in a synagogue.  According to the Shulchan Aruch (our Code of Jewish Law), the shaliach tzibur must be one who is “fit” – that is, free of sin, possessing a good reputation, humble, acceptable to the community, skilled at chanting, and who is well versed in sacred texts.

Sam Guncler

Congregation Brith Sholom has been fortunate to have someone who meets all the criteria and has been serving in that role for many years.

This past high holiday marked the 50th anniversary for Sam Guncler’s leading Congregation Brith Sholom’s high holiday services.

Guncler became a bar mitzvah at Brith Sholom in 1968 and was asked to lead Shacharit services for Rosh Hoshanah in 1969.  Since that time, he has led the Congregation as its Hazan for Shabbat and holiday services, and has done so in a manner that has enabled congregants to participate in services in a very meaningful and special way.

Congregation Brith Sholom invites the community to join with them in celebrating this milestone with events taking place on Shabbat Zachor, March 6-7 to honor Guncler. Events include a special Friday evening service and shabbat dinner, shabbat services and a kiddush on Saturday in honor of Sam, and a special celebration reception on Saturday evening.

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