Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


June 5, 2014

MV Jewish Federation hosting 25th gala

Event to honor U.S. Rep. Frank, community leaders

The Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation will present the Tikkun Olam Award (Repairing the World) to U.S. Rep. Barney Frank at its 25th anniversary dinner and gala on Sunday, June 8, at 6 p.m. at Temple Emanuel, 7 Haggetts Pond Road, Andover.

“The award has been traditionally given to a person who represents the values that we, as Jews, hold sacred,” Laurie Mindlin, executive director of the foundation, said in a release.

Frank has served as a congressman for 31 years and has been a leader in the fight against discrimination, the federation says. In addition to accepting the award, he will speak on “The Budget and Jewish Values.”

The federation will also honor Margery and Norris Bendetson and Sarah and Saul Goldberg, all of Haverhill, and Phyllis and Terry Howard of Chelmsford for their commitment and generosity to the organization for the past 25 years. The Young Leadership Award will be presented to Luba and Alex Katsev of North Andover.

The evening will culminate with a performance by 11-year-old opera prodigy Clark Rubinshtein of Newton. In his short career, Rubinshtein has performed a solo concert at Jordan Hall in Boston last January and at a German castle last summer.

The Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation, a nonprofit giving organization, has served the area’s Jewish community for 25 years. Its mission is to build community, foster Jewish life and help people in need in Israel, locally and around the world.

Among its local programs include PJ Library, fostering a love of literacy and Jewish culture for families and children; Camp Hadar, the federation-run summer day camp located on Captain’s Pond in Salem, N.H.; First Light Community Concert and the annual Jewish Film Festival.

For information about ticket prices and sponsorship opportunities for the gala and more about the federation, call its offices at 978-688-0466 or email

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