The Turetsky Family Legacy of Service to Ahavas Israel began with my grandfather, Abram Turetsky, of blessed memory. He was one of the Founding Members of our synagogue. My grandfather’s service started when there was a synagogue on the West Side and then continued at the shul on 44 Lafayette N.E. He was also President on two different occasions.
My parents, Lewis and Gertrude Turetsky, of blessed memory, volunteered many hours to the synagogue. My father gave his time to the Men’s Club, as well as other activities as needed, and was on the Board of Trustees. My mother’s service to Ahavas Israel included being involved with Sisterhood and helping cook meals for various events for over 20 years.
I began my service to the synagogue after my mother passed away. I started attending Shabbat Services a couple of times a month, and then it became every Saturday. At Kiddush one Saturday, I started helping with the cleanup. Then it was on to the Hanukkah Dinner and the Purim Party. All this volunteering helped me through the grieving process. In March of this year, I was nominated for the position of Secretary for the Board of Trustees, which also made me a member of the executive board. I accepted and am proud to say that I am the third generation of the Turetsky Family to give service to Ahavas Israel in many capacities.
Giving service to our synagogue is an enjoyable way to become more involved in our congregation and meet new people.
Ahavas Israel Board Member