EHRS Awards: Everyday Heroes Recognised as Stars

Tuesday 26 February 2019

During the time of our being members of the Synagogue, no matter for how many years, we know many people. We see each other at services, within committee or at the various events that we attend. Yet how often can we say that we truly know those whom we greet and with whom we chat? In reality very few.

However, on Tuesday 26 February we had the rare opportunity and, indeed, the privilege of really knowing those inspirational members of our community who have been honoured as “Everyday Heroes Recognised as Stars”.

Of course, Rabbis Danny Smith and Steven Katz, who have been deservedly honoured with “Lifetime Achievement Awards”, are public figures and we think we know their work and their talents. Yet even they undertake so much for the benefit of our community that is private and away from public gaze. So we were pleased to be able to acknowledge all that they do for us.

Our other “Heroes” honoured are far more private within EHRS. Gideon Futerman, Jackie McRae, Jonny Benjamin, Danielle Blumenblatt, Shelley Dannell and Ian Crooke are often seen and play their part within our own community, but we have been overwhelmed by hearing of the contributions that individually they make to society in general. To be passionate about the environment; to help save lives; to strive to ensure that the difficulties affecting so many people can be changed for the better; and to ensure that charities thrive. At least one of these different skills in its own way represents the motivation for our “Heroes” in their own daily lives. Those skills make a real difference to society. By honouring these members of EHRS, we can be so proud to know each and every one of them a little better and to understand how selfless they all are. We thank them for being a valued part of our Synagogue.

“It was a wonderful and very moving evening and made me feel very proud to be part of our community.”
Alison Gunusen, daughter of recipient

“By honouring these members of EHRS, we can be so proud to know each and every one of them a little better and to understand how selfless they all are”.
Keith Price, Joint President of EHRS

“I can’t recall the last time I felt so honoured and humbled to be asked to host a ceremony. Not only do I get to say I was there, I can call these amazing individuals my fellow congregants.”
Phil Dave, Broadcaster and EHRS Chair of Adult Education