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Praising Kindness

Temple Beth David is a source of pride to congregant Steve Harris ­— so much so that he and fellow congregants chaired a gala honoring the synagogue’s spiritual leader, Rabbi Nancy Myers, on Friday, May 9, 2014. Attendees were met with a sit-down dinner, presentation and a Shabbat service honoring the well-respected and loved rabbi.
Rabbi Myers arrived on the scene 10 years ago with a husband and two toddlers in tow. In that time, according to Harris, “We have seen our temple become more diverse in its membership, more comprehensive in its activities, and far more meaningful in the way Judaism is taught, practiced and upheld by the congregation.”
This is evident just by attending any given service or event held at the synagogue. Part of Temple Beth David’s goals is to enhance the value of Jewish faith, practice, and pride, while at the same time embracing the diversity. From the clergy — a female rabbi and cantor ­— to the synagogue members (many of whom are Black, Asian, Latinos and members of the LGBTQ community), the congregation is representative of Orange County’s heterogeneous inhabitants.
And it is not just the congregants who believe in what Rabbi Myers is doing. Along with accolades from temple board members, congregants and fellow rabbis in Orange County, Rabbi Myers was presented with a Certificate of Recognition from United States Congressman Alan Rosenthal; a Certificate of Recognition from the County of Orange; and a Proclamation from the City of Westminster proclaiming May 9 as Rabbi Nancy Rita Myers Day.
Rabbi Myers goes even deeper. Like all respectable super heroes, Rabbi Myers has her life outside of her super-powered duties as spiritual leader at Temple Beth David.  Rabbi Myers loves being a wife and mother. She loves the outdoors, doing karate, listening to music and cooking — especially with new recipes. And making all of this possible is the support of her loving husband Paul and their children Gabriel and Shane.
Mazel tov to Rabbi Myers and Temple Beth David in celebrating 10 years with a true Woman of Valor.


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