NHBZ to host 112th anniversary banquet

Nusach Hari B’nai Zion will host its 112th Anniversary Banquet on Sunday, Dec. 10 at the Clayton Plaza Hotel. 

This year’s honorees are Rachael Pevnick and Ted Pevnick (of blessed memory). Kate Friedman will receive the HaKaras HaTov Award, and Rich and Jenny Wolkowitz will receive the Israel Advocacy Award. 

The Pevnicks are a “cornerstone” of the congregation, according to a statement. Rachael worked for 21 years as the congregation’s executive director and served as Sisterhood President for more than 10 years. She remains active at NHBZ today, running monthly Bingo luncheons, fundraising and serving as an  advisor. Ted supported the Jewish community as a driver for Meals on Wheels, as well as for visiting rabbis. He served as Honorary President of NHBZ’s Sunday School PTA and was fondly known as the synagogue’s “Candy Man” at Shabbat services.

Friedman will be presented with the Hakaras HaTov (Recognizing the Good) Award for the beneficial impact she is making on the young people at NHBZ, as well as within the Jewish community. She is the creator and teacher of the NHBZ Tot Shabbat program. She also coaches basketball for elementary and teen girls in the community, and enjoys volunteering at Epstein Hebrew Academy and other organizations.


The Wolkowitzes will receive the congregation’s Israel Advocacy Award for their work supporting a strong U.S./Israel alliance. Through their involvement in AIPAC and targeted political initiatives on a local and regional basis, they work to counter anti-Israel bias, promote a positive image of Israel and ensure action is taken to benefit Israel.

The banquet will start with an hors d’oeuvres reception at 5:30 p.m., and the dinner and program will start at 6:30. Tickets are $125 and the deadline for reservations is Nov. 27. For more information, call 314-991-2100, ext. 2.