2016-09-28 / Voice at the Shore

Young Israel dinner honors Margate mayor and congregants


RANDI GOTLIEB RANDI GOTLIEB Young Israel of Margate honored several community members at its Annual Founders’ Dinner at the JCC in Margate on August 28. The dinner, described by Young Israel Rabbi Yaacov Orimland as “very hamisch” and “chilled out,” drew 175 attendees including congregants, friends, supporters, and family members of honorees.

After dinner, which was accompanied by live keyboard music, Young Israel gave out numerous awards. YI congregant Randi Gotlieb, a single mother and elementary school teacher who is strongly devoted to both her children and to the shul, received the Woman of Valor Award. A longtime South Jersey resident, Gotlieb joined Young Israel five and a half years ago because she felt at home there, even though she was not Orthodox, said Rabbi Orimland. She has since started the shul’s first sisterhood and now serves as its president.

“She is a quiet powerhouse,” said the rabbi.


CHERYL AND MICHAEL GUTERMAN CHERYL AND MICHAEL GUTERMAN Cheryl and Michael Guterman received the Chesed Award. Michael, who is from Tel Aviv, now lives in Brigantine and comes to Young Israel every morning to make sure there is a minyan, said Orimland, He also described Michael as “a real mensch” who has been a driving force for making improvements at the shul.

For her part, Cheryl Guterman, who hails from Brooklyn, is and “amazing woman” who is “spiritual and serene,” said the Rabbi. Orimland also admires the fact that, despite whatever she has going on in her life, “she always has a smile.” The Gutermans, who have been involved in real estate for many years, have two children and five grandchildren.

The Couple of the Year Award went to Andrea and Larry Lerman, a couple that Orimland said is “always on the same page.” The couple became members of Young Israel after moving to Margate in 2007, and they are also members of two other synagogues. The couple now split their time between Cherry Hill and Margate. When they aren’t doing some type of event at one of the three shuls they belong to (Chabad of Camden County and Torah Links of South Jersey, as well as YI), they are engaged in a myriad of projects. The Lermans and their children own and operate the Allstate in Maple Shade and Audubon, along with their children.

Margate Mayor Michael Becker received Young Israel’s Community Service Award. Becker, an Atlantic County native, has lived in Margate for 46 years. As mayor, his mission is to keep the city financially healthy, to maintain its charm, and to serve the best interests of Margate residents. He is also the full-time manager of the Colmar True Value in Margate.

The YI Founders’ dinner was co-chaired by Eva and Herb Bierig. s

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