Men’s Club Man & Youth of the Year 2014

Morris Applebaum – Man of the YearMorris-Applebaum-West-Suburban-Har-Zion-2014-Man-of-the-Year

On February 23rd The Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs held its Man and Youth of the Year 2014 Awards and Recognition Event. Rabbi Damsky, along with 20 members and friends attended to fete our our Man of the Year, Morris Applebaum and Youth of the Year, Mattew Patton.

Morris and his wife Bev have been active members of West Suburban since 1988, having raised two sons at the synagogue. Morris has served on the Temple’s Board, and the Building and Green committees, and is also active in the Men’s Club.

Morris is a talented carpenter and designed and created several gorgeous projects at the synagogue, including two tzedaka boxes and kippot holders. He is always available to lend a hand with a project at the shul, and it is not uncommon to see Morris on Sunday working on some fix-up project, with his tools nearby.  He is a true and loyal member and friend.

Morris is a person who in his quiet and steady manner, contributes to our shul in so many ways, big and small, even to the point of attending Shabbat services nearly every week.  He never seeks honor, attention or reward, and I think he is a little embarrassed by the attention this award has brought him.

But Morris is well deserving of this award, a quiet, solid presence who has contributed mightily to West Suburban Temple with his skills and kind heart.

Mattew Patton – Youth of the Yearimage

On February 23rd The Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs held its Man and Youth of the Year 2014 Awards and Recognition Event. Rabbi Damsky, along with 20 members and friends attended to fete our our Man of the Year, Morris Applebaum and Youth of the Year, Mattew Patton.

Matthew’s family has been active members of the shul since Matthew was in first grade, and Matthew has followed the lead of his mom, Tracy, staying connected and involved in the shul even as he has gotten busier in his own life as a sophomore at Riverside-Brookfield High School.  Matthew is a member of the school’s improv comedy club, and is a starting member of the volleyball team.  He is also a dedicated Boy Scout, making preparations to complete his Eagle Scout project this Spring.

Matthew lost his father when he was a very young man and Tracy has raised a beautiful family as a single mom, always staying active and dedicated to West Suburban, even with all the challenges that being a single mom demands.

Matthew is one of only three practicing Jews in his high school, and the only one who wears a kippah, which was a choice that he made on his own, and continued despite the questions and challenging reactions of his classmates.

As an active member of USY, you always know Matthew is in the house, because you can hear his unrestrained and infectious laugh.  He is currently the Vice President of communications, and he is a true leader and enthusiastic participant in all USY activities.

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Men’s Club Man & Youth of the Year 2014

Morris Applebaum – Man of the YearMorris-Applebaum-West-Suburban-Har-Zion-2014-Man-of-the-Year

On February 23rd The Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs held its Man and Youth of the Year 2014 Awards and Recognition Event. Rabbi Damsky, along with 20 members and friends attended to fete our our Man of the Year, Morris Applebaum and Youth of the Year, Mattew Patton.

Morris and his wife Bev have been active members of West Suburban since 1988, having raised two sons at the synagogue. Morris has served on the Temple’s Board, and the Building and Green committees, and is also active in the Men’s Club.

Morris is a talented carpenter and designed and created several gorgeous projects at the synagogue, including two tzedaka boxes and kippot holders. He is always available to lend a hand with a project at the shul, and it is not uncommon to see Morris on Sunday working on some fix-up project, with his tools nearby.  He is a true and loyal member and friend.

Morris is a person who in his quiet and steady manner, contributes to our shul in so many ways, big and small, even to the point of attending Shabbat services nearly every week.  He never seeks honor, attention or reward, and I think he is a little embarrassed by the attention this award has brought him.

But Morris is well deserving of this award, a quiet, solid presence who has contributed mightily to West Suburban Temple with his skills and kind heart.

Mattew Patton – Youth of the Yearimage

On February 23rd The Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs held its Man and Youth of the Year 2014 Awards and Recognition Event. Rabbi Damsky, along with 20 members and friends attended to fete our our Man of the Year, Morris Applebaum and Youth of the Year, Mattew Patton.

Matthew’s family has been active members of the shul since Matthew was in first grade, and Matthew has followed the lead of his mom, Tracy, staying connected and involved in the shul even as he has gotten busier in his own life as a sophomore at Riverside-Brookfield High School.  Matthew is a member of the school’s improv comedy club, and is a starting member of the volleyball team.  He is also a dedicated Boy Scout, making preparations to complete his Eagle Scout project this Spring.

Matthew lost his father when he was a very young man and Tracy has raised a beautiful family as a single mom, always staying active and dedicated to West Suburban, even with all the challenges that being a single mom demands.

Matthew is one of only three practicing Jews in his high school, and the only one who wears a kippah, which was a choice that he made on his own, and continued despite the questions and challenging reactions of his classmates.

As an active member of USY, you always know Matthew is in the house, because you can hear his unrestrained and infectious laugh.  He is currently the Vice President of communications, and he is a true leader and enthusiastic participant in all USY activities.

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