Linda S. Spindel to receive the 2016 Henry B. Kaufmann Award

by | Mar 11, 2016 | What’s Happening

Linda S. Spindel

Linda S. Spindel

Sunday, April 10, 10:30 am brunch; 11 am presentation

For more than 30 years, Ohef Sholom Temple Men’s Club has bestowed the Henry B. Kaufmann Award upon a congregant for extraordinary service to the temple and the Community at large. Henry B. Kaufmann, an accountant by trade, was extremely active in Men’s Club and the temple and was a devoted volunteer for civic clubs throughout the city, as well as an active fundraiser for the Heart Association, Cancer and Arthritis Foundations. The Men’s Club established this memorial to him to honor his exemplary service to the community, his devotion to Ohef Sholom Temple and his love for Judaism.

This year, the Men’s Club will honor Linda S. Spindel as the 2016 Henry B. Kaufmann Award recipient. She and her husband Ron Spindel, who is an extraordinary volunteer in his own right, are the parents of Jeff Spindel, of blessed memory, and Kevin and wife Jennifer Spindel, and the very proud grandparents of Jordan Brooke and Jacob Tyler Spindel.

Spindel’s love for and life-long dedication to Ohef Sholom Temple continues a four-generational tradition of service and commitment. She began her formal Jewish education there through Confirmation with many students who remain close friends to this day. Spindel notes how inspired she was by the teachings of Rabbi Malcolm Stern. She is a past president of the temple and currently serves as a member of the education committee, in addition to numerous advisory roles. The list of committees, fundraisers and events she has either chaired or participated on are too numerous to mention.

In the Jewish community, Spindel is the national vice president of the Association of Jewish Family and Children’s Agencies; a board member of the Jewish Museum and Cultural Center; serves on the Advisory Committee and volunteers weekly at the Personal Affairs Management of Jewish Family Service of Tidewater; is a board member of the Tidewater Jewish Foundation; a past president of Jewish Family Service of Tidewater; and a board and finance committee member of the Simon Family JCC.

In the community at large, Spindel has served on many civic organizations and other associations and committees. She is a board member of the Portsmouth Museum Foundation and particularly loves being involved in special projects all year long for the Children’s Museum. She is an active fundraiser and recent honoree of the Arthritis Foundation; serves on the executive committee for the Seton Youth Shelters; is a recipient along with her husband, Ron, of a Humanitarian Award from the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities; and, a long-time fundraising powerhouse in the community.

Spindel says “Nobody can do everything, but everybody can do something.”

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