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President Stuart D. Lurie

 

President: Stuart D. Lurie

Assumed office: June 2013

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Press: Synagogue election makes a first in its history

By Ginger Dunbar, Daily Local News, POSTED: 

BERWYN — A Downingtown resident is making history at the synagogue he grew up in with his election as the board president.

Stuart Lurie was elected in June as the president of the board of directors at the Congregation Or Shalom. Lurie’s election represents two firsts in the congregation’s history, said his father, Howard Lurie.

Stuart Lurie became the first president of the synagogue to have been a student in the synagogue’s Hebrew School. He began Hebrew School at the congregation roughly at the kindergarten grade. He completed his confirmation by 1989.

Howard Lurie said he became the first member of the synagogue to see one of his children become the president. Howard Lurie was one of the original members at the congregation in the 1970s.

Or Shalom’s first High Holy Days services were held in September 1975 with founding member Alan Daroff, who served as the rabbi.

Stuart Lurie, 39, lives in Downingtown and chose to return to Or Shalom after he graduated from law school. He said he chose to return despite having two synagogues closer to his residence because he has a sentimental attachment to Or Shalom.

As a student of the Hebrew school at the synagogue, he said he speaks to parents and to students about the schooling. He said it is nice to talk about the school as the president and be able to say that he attended that school.

Lurie said when people ask him where he learned about his religion, he responds with, “I learned it at Shalom Hebrew School. I’m a living custom of what our school can do.”

Lurie is a father of three, and his children attend the synagogue’s Sunday morning and Tuesday afternoon religious school classes.

Lurie said he is a product of the school and he has been active within the synagogue.

Lurie was a board member from 2002 to 2009. He took time off but said he remained active. He returned to the board in 2011 as vice president. He assumed the presidential duties, which he said “takes commitment and, I think, personality to do it.”

He said the board needed someone to take the role. He said as vice president, he had filled in during the president’s absence to give the presidential addresses to the congregation.

“I felt that it was my time and duty to step up,” Lurie said.

Each year the president gives a speech during the holidays. The Jewish High Holy Days are the 10 days that start with Rosh Hashanah and conclude with Yom Kippur.

According to its website, www.orshalom.com, the synagogue is also open to non-members and welcomes people to join for Yom Kippur services on Friday and Saturday.

Lurie and the board members said they are exploring events, ideas and innovative proposals to bring in new members and to increase the Hebrew School enrollment.

Lurie said despite being a small synagogue, people maintain their membership to get to know other families. He said he grew up in the synagogue with other families and students at the school.

He said members put their time and effort into the synagogue, located in Berwyn.

Na’ama Yarden serves as the education director and Rabbi Jacob Rosner is leading the High Holy Days services.

Lurie said, “It’s a place that can become your home.”