The Five Towns Chapter of Emunah held a spectacularly successful Shabbat Tea at the beautiful home of Beth and Yehuda Honig. The tea, which this year marked the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, featured guest speaker Fran Laufer, a Holocaust survivor and the author of A Vow Fulfilled. Three outstanding members of the Five Towns community, also survivors, were honored at the event: Phyllis Margules, Regina Peterseil, and Luba Schulsinger.
The crowd of 200 guests was riveted as Mrs. Laufer, in her elegant and articulate manner, spoke movingly about her experiences. Her story reflects the vow she made to her mother—to survive and tell the story of what happened to the family, and to educate the world about the Holocaust. She concluded with a rousing rendition of “Am Yisrael Chai,” toasting the survival of the Jewish people.
Elana Oved and Shari Shapiro, departing presidents of the Five Towns chapter, were lauded for their years of extraordinary leadership. They will now serve as chairpersons of the board. Bini Dachs will remain vice-president. Cindy Parnes and Leslie Wanderer were welcomed as the incoming chapter presidents. v