ALBANY– Congregation Ohav Shalom will honor Jeff and Debbie Cohen and Libby Post and Lynn Dunning-Vaughn at its annual Shomrei Habayit Gala Brunch on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 11 a.m., at the synagogue, 113 New Krumkill Rd., Albany. The award recipients’ ongoing and outstanding commitment to Congregation Ohav Shalomwill be noted.
Jeff Cohen has served in a leadership capacity at Ohav Shalom for seven years: first as treasurer for five years and then as president for two. It was during his term as treasurer that Ohav undertook its successful Capital Campaign, which resulted in a major renovation of the synagogue. Along with the rabbis and Temple Israel leadership, Cohen helped achieve the merger of the Hebrew schools of Ohav Shalom and Temple Israel into one, now called B’Yachad. He now serves as the chairperson of the cemetery committee.
Debbie Cohen served as secretary of Ohav Shalom’s education committee for several years. She has been chairperson of several of Ohav’s gala/celebrations including: Rabbi Rena Kieval becoming a rabbi; the educator of the year event honoring Dan Sanders; Rabbi Dan Ornstein’s “bar mitzvah”; and the adult b’nai mitzvah class of 2006. She also served as co-chairperson of the Maccabi Games Opening Ceremonies.
Libby Post served on the board of directors in the mid-’90s and joined the board for a second time, serving as president for two terms from 2012-2016. Among her achievements as
president, she streamlined procedures and processes, improved working relationships between congregation leadership and staff; helped to stabilize the congregation’s finances; increased fund-raising efforts; and revamped the cemetery policies to make them more equitable. After completing her tenure as president, Post served as president of the B’Yachad Board for a year.
Lynn Dunning-Vaughn has lent her design talents to Ohav Shalom for many years. In addition to serving on Ohav’s Board of Trustees and as chairperson of the lifelong learning committee, Dunning-Vaughn designed the congregation’s multi-purpose Kolbo Room, redesigned the library, and designed sets for several Noodle Pudding Players productions. She also organized and managed the furniture setup for a refugee family adopted by the congregation in 2016. In addition, Dunning-Vaughn served on the cemetery by-laws revision committee and on three executive director search committees.
The honorary co-chairpersons for the brunch are Judy Avner and Stephen Eckert and Gregg and Jennifer Fox.
The Ohav Shalom office at 518-489-4706, ext. 10 can provide details.