B’nai Amoona, Kol Rinah presents several deserving members with awards


Edward Herzog, Micki Kingsley, Ilana Boyer, Mitchell Smith and Marshall Myers

The Men’s Clubs of Congregation B’nai Amoona and Kol Rinah recently honored their respective Man of the Year, Woman of the Year, Youth of the Year and Medallion Award winner. All honorees have demonstrated a commitment to a primary objective of the Men’s Club: the involvement of Jews in Jewish ritual practice.

At B’nai Amoona, Edward Herzog has held roles of secretary, treasurer and president of the Men’s Club. He has also been a greeter, floor gabbai for Shabbat and holiday services, and is now serving his second term as the congregational secretary.

Youth of the Year is one who has shown leadership and community involvement. Ilana Boyer, a senior at Whitfield School, is the daughter of Marci and Marty Boyer. She has volunteered as a madrichah (teacher’s helper) in the religious school, helped lead high holiday programming and served as president of B’nai Amoona’s United Synagogue Youth (BAUSY) board. Ilana now serves as the executive vice president for the EMTZA USY region. Outside of B’nai Amoona, she is a group leader for the Student-to-Student program.  This year, Ilana serves as a Kenneth Leventhal High School Intern with Stand with Us, working with teens around the United States, Canada and Israel, to educate the community about Israel and fighting antisemitism.

Mitchell Smith received the Medallion Award. The award recognizes outstanding youth in the congregation. Mitchell, a junior at Parkway Central High School, is the son of Jennifer and Matt Smith. He is an avid Torah reader, was a camp counselor at Ramot Amoona as well as a madrichah in the religious school. Mitchell is also on the BAUSY board. 

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Kol Rinah Men’s Club is honoring Marshall Myers for his many contributions and his strong, longstanding support. He served as president of Shaare Zedek Synagogue and chaired the board of CAJE (Central Agency for Jewish Education).

Micki Kingsley is receiving the first Woman of the Year honor. She has been volunteering in the synagogue office for over 10 years. Kingsley was president of the Kol Rinah Sisterhood, and is a member of both the ritual engagement committees. She also attends morning and evening minyanim.