Welcome to the B’nai B’rith Justice Unit #5207’s annual installation brunch. As outgoing President, I thank you for joining us. I look forward to serving the Justice Unit over the next year as Immediate Past-President and I congratulate David Berkowitz as our incoming President.
The past year has been one of growth for the Unit. Our membership has increased and with the incredible efforts and involvement of the 2019 board, our programming calendar was full of wonderful events. The annual Blue Moon Dinner, Hanukah Latke Party, Family Picnic, Aprons Cooking School and Rec Room Social gave members and guests incredible social programs. Our presentation on Holocaust Stolen Art and sponsorship of the BCBA 2019 Got Civility program provided educational opportunities. We engaged in community service with the annual Borger Center Lunch and involvement in Mentoring Day. Our focus on partnering with other bar organizations led to some fantastic events including the Lunch with the Florida Bar President, dinner at Bombay Darbar, viewing of the movie “And Then They Came For Us,” and other events. We expanded our relationship with Jewish Federation as a sponsor of their Annual Judge’s Night. I could not have asked for a more productive year and credit the members of the board for these successes.
The past year was also a year of loss, most particularly one of our most prominent members, Joel Fass. His passing left a hole on the board, which we will never be able to fill. May his memory be blessing to all who knew him.
Once again, the Unit will be led by a second generation President. The Hebrew, L’Dor Vador is often translated to “generation to generation.” David Berkowitz carries with him the legacy of his father, Maurice Berkowitz; Maurice is often referenced as the father of our Unit. I have every confidence that with David comes a commitment to the Unit that grew from the dedication and efforts of his father as well as David’s years of involvement in the Unit and participation as a board member. I am excited to do my part in making his presidency more successful than our last year.
Again, my congratulations to David and to the members of the board, both returning and new. I see a great year ahead.
Judge Michael Rothschild