The Ruth Scheuer Life Enrichment Series is an endowed event established to support an annual program to recognize those values that encompassed Ruth’s life. Judaism and love of Israel were important to Ruth; the ideals of a strong family unit and lifetime learning were also dear to her heart. During her life, she involved herself in work that enhanced the well-being of people struggling to rise above, especially children. Following her death in 2016, Ruth’s legacy continues to impact family, friends and the community. As Ruth would say, L’dor v’dor – we learn from generation to generation!
The inaugural event in 2019 brought Dr. Jonathan Sarna, a nationally acclaimed, award-winning scholar to Beth Abraham Synagogue for a Shabbat weekend during our 125th anniversary year celebration. During the weekend, we learned volumes from Jonathan Sarna, Brandeis Professor and nationally acclaimed historian. He traced our beginnings, spelled out current challenges and provided a blueprint for an enduring future. We also participated in Shabbat services featuring the Dayton Jewish Chorale and Cantor Raizen’s rendition of early melodies. And, of course, we enjoyed delicious Shabbat meals with recipes from our past.
Thank you to Gerald and Edna Willis for their generous support of establishing this endowment.