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Two Fairfield County “menschen” to be honored

WESTPORT — Saul Haffner of Westport and Lucy Katz of Easton are recipients of the Menschlichkeit Award given by the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism (CHJ). They will be presented with their award at a special ceremony to be held on Sunday, Dec. 9 in Westport.

The Menschlichkeit Award recognizes CHJ members who embody the ideals of Humanistic Judaism — including the ideals of human kindness, public service, strengthening community bonds, and creating connections both within and outside the community and neighboring ones – and have provided leadership and service to the congregation and its members.

Both Haffner and Katz have held many leadership roles in CHJ over a span of more than 30 years.

Serving as the congregation’s ritual chair, Lucy Katz has authored most of CHJ’s Shabbat ceremonies and is the CHJ representative for Tent of Abraham, an interfaith dialogue program that fosters cooperation and builds bridges between different religious communities.

Similarly, Saul Haffner was involved with the Interfaith Council of Southwestern Conn., a group that engages religious groups to take action to meet community needs. A past president of CHJ, Haffner is a member of the Ritual Committee and is also the congregation’s Bible expert and Torah commentator.

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