United Hebrew to honor Marty Oberman, Bob Gummers at annual meeting

Marty Oberman

United Hebrew will hold its annual congregational meeting to elect new officers and Board of Trustees members in the Spielberg Chapel at 6 p.m. Sun., Dec. 16, followed by a hors d’oeuvres and dessert reception.

Marty Oberman will be presented with the 2012 Irene Fox Ruach Award, and Bob Gummers, Executive Director, will be recognized for 25 years of service to the congregation.

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Created in 2008, the Irene Fox Ruach Award is presented in recognition of dedicated service to the congregation. Oberman, raised in Springfield, Ill., has been a U.H. member for more than 40 years, and is chair of the Rabbinic Transition Committee for Senior Rabbi Brigitte S. Rosenberg.  He co-chaired the Celebration Weekend (with his wife, Merle) for Rabbi Howard G. Kaplansky when he became Rabbi Emeritus in 2011; and has previously served as an Officer and on the Board of Trustees; in addition to chairing numerous committees and fundraising campaigns for the congregation.

“Marty has made countless contributions to United Hebrew and the greater Jewish community over the years,” said U.H. President Dan Raskas.  “We are delighted to honor him and to recognize Bob in this special 175th anniversary year for their tremendous leadership to our congregation.”

A native of Omaha, Bob Gummers joined the United Hebrew professional staff in December, 1987, as Executive Director responsible for all operational and business activities of the congregation and the United Hebrew Cemetery.  He played an instrumental role in moving the U.H. sanctuary from its location on Skinker Boulevard to its present home on Conway Road in West County.  He helped to form the United Cemetery Association, which manages three Jewish cemeteries in University City and has served as its treasurer since its inception in 1998.  He is a senior member of the National Association of Temple Administrators.

For more information, to RSVP or to make a tribute, contact 314-469-0700, email [email protected] or go to www.unitedhebrew.org.