Sunday, April 15, 10 am, Temple Israel
Norman Soroko is being honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Seaboard Region, Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs, at it’s annual recognition breakfast.
Soroko became involved in Men’s Club in the late 1980s at B’nai Israel Congregation where he was president of the club for four years. After joining Congregation Beth El with his parents in November 1988, he immediately became involved with the Men’s Club and became president in 1990, holding the office for a total of 18 years.
Soroko was selected Blue Yarmulke man of the year in 1994. In June of 1999, he became the first person from Tidewater to become president of the Seaboard Region of Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs. He held that office for two years and then was asked to fill in as president for a few more years. In July 13, 2011, he received the Ma’asim Tovim Award for doing outstanding deeds in the community and region.
Involved in community and religious affairs, Soroko served on the board of directors at Beth El for 12 years and serves on the board of directors of the Men’s Club. He volunteers for Relay for Life to help find the cure for cancer and has single handedly raised $200,000. He also serves as chairman of the Shomrim Committee, a committee that sits with departed members. Soroko is also vice president of the Jewish Museum and Cultural Center in Portsmouth. Retired from banking, he substitute teaches in Norfolk Public Schools, teaches Sunday School at Beth El and works for Graham Funeral Home.