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A Deep and Enduring Relationship

Renee Frankel with Rusty Frankel

Our family has a deep and an enduring relationship with Rockdale Temple. It was our duty and our also our privilege to become members of the Bene Israel Society. Rusty is a life-long member of Rockdale Temple, his grandmother and parents having been members. I became affiliated with Rockdale upon our marriage in June, 1962. There was never any question which temple we would join. However, my family did have some reservations when Rabbi Reichert forgot my name under the chuppah at our wedding!

Since 1962, we, our two sons Allan and Randy, their wives Sara and Ila, and our four grandchildren have participated at Rockdale Temple. Our sons attended Sunday School, and had Bar Mitzvahs, and were confirmed. Rabbi Coran married Randy and Ila. All of the grandchildren have had life cycle events at the temple, including baby namings and Consecrations, and Bar or Bat Mitzvahs. Adam and Max have graduated from Rockdale Sunday School, and we hope that Emily and Julia will follow in their footsteps. To complete our life cycle events, Rockdale Temple Rabbis attended our family’s funerals.
When we were fortunate enough to attend services and events in person, I always pictured in my mind my dear father-in-law, Dr. Herbert G. Frankel, sitting in one of the chairs of honor on the Bimah. I needlepointed one of the beautiful new Torah covers because I wanted my grandchildren to say when the ark was opened, “My grandmother made that one.”

Rusty and I became Bene Israel Society members to ensure the continuation of Rockdale Temple for our children, our grandchildren, and generations to come. It is one of the ways to honor our ancestors and descendants and provide for our spiritual home for the future. We feel most fortunate to be able to do this.

Thu, December 1 2022 7 Kislev 5783