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Two West Hartford couples to be honored on Simchat Torah

WEST HARTFORD — Beth David Synagogue will honor two West Hartford couples, Bonnie and Joel Wolfe and Allison and Adam Gamzon, during Simchat Torah services Friday morning, Oct. 13.

Bonnie and Joel Wolfe

Joel Wolfe has served in synagogue leadership positions for 25 years; first at the former Teferes Israel in Bloomfield; since 1993, when the two Modern Orthodox synagogues merged, at Beth David. He now serves as co-treasurer. Bonnie Wolfe has long been involved with any synagogue event involving food, often with fellow shul member and longtime friend Helen Neumann, whether it be organizing, shopping, or leading the effort.

Bonnie taught preschool through second grade at Solomon Schechter Day School in West Hartford for 21 years; then reading for another 10 years in the Hartford public school system. Now retired, she continues to volunteer as a reading tutor. Joel, who retired last year, worked as an actuary for MassMutual Financial Group.

The Wolfes have two grown children and several grandchildren.

The Gamzons joined Beth David 10 years ago, around the time they were married. They’re now the parents of two children, a daughter and a son.

At Beth David, Allison Gamzon heads the youth committee, coordinating childcare for every Shabbat and chagim, as well as creating the programming for children. Raised in Trumbull, she teaches science at Southington High School. Adam Gamzon one of the key readers of the Book of Esther at Beth David’s Purim service, for the past three years, he has also organized the shul’s Tikkun Leil Shavuot, the traditional all-night study sessions over the spring holiday. In addition, he serves on Hebrew Academy’s executive board and as chair of the school’s general studies program.

Raised in Vernon, Adam attended the Solomon Schechter Day School in West Hartford, where Bonnie Wolfe was one his teachers. Professionally, Adam is an application security analyst involving computer software.

Both couples say Beth David is a great community.

“It represents a lot of the best aspects of Orthodoxy, in terms of being responsive to people’s needs and being welcoming, the values we hold very dearly as a well as its commitment to traditional Judaism,” says Adam.

“It’s a very eclectic shul,” says Joel Wolfe. “The membership is super friendly and we welcome all kinds of levels of observance.”

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