The Honorable Louis A. Sherman to receive 2013 Henry B. Kaufmann Award at Ohef Sholom Temple

by | Apr 5, 2013 | What’s Happening

Sunday, May 5, 10:30 am

For more than 30 years, the Ohef Sholom Temple Men’s Club has bestowed the Henry B. Kaufmann Award upon a congregant for extraordinary service to the temple and the entire community.

Henry B. Kaufmann, an accountant by trade, was extremely active in Men’s Club and numerous other temple affairs. He was also 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 posthumously 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 selected The Honorable Louis A. Sherman as the 2013 Henry B. Kaufmann Award Recipient.

Sherman has been married to Carol for 40 years and they are the proud parents of two sons, Eric and Scott, as well as three granddaughters. The Shermans have been Ohef Sholom members for more than 30 years and have celebrated the Consecration, Bar Mitzvah and Confirmation of both sons at OST, in addition to Eric’s marriage to Anna and their granddaughters’ namings. Carol was part of the first Adult B’nai Mitzvah at OST and recently, Sherman observed the 50th anniversary of his Bar Mitzvah there.

Sherman’s love for and dedication to his synagogue include a long tradition of service. He is an honorary member and trustee of the OST board of directors. He has served as secretary of the executive committee, chair of the worship, by-laws revision and personnel committees and as president of the Men’s Club. He also chaired the Temple Fundraiser that produced its first Temple Directory. Other committees include membership, long range planning and numerous ad-hoc groups.

Sherman graduated Phi Beta Kappa from West Virginia University in 1968 and received his law degree in 1971 from University of Virginia School of Law. He served as a clerk for a Federal Judge in Baltimore, as a staff Legal Aid attorney, two years at HUD and six years as executive director of the Tidewater Legal Aid Society. After 13 years in private practice, Sherman was elected by the Virginia General Assembly in 1995 to serve as Judge of the Norfolk General District Court, a position he held until October 2008 when he was appointed Judge of the Norfolk Circuit Court. Sherman retired in January, 2013.

In the community at large, Sherman is a past president of the Association of Retarded Citizens and has been an active board member of Family Services of Tidewater and the Wards Corner Little League. Every year, he has been a devoted volunteer for the NEST program. Sherman also served on the Norfolk City Democratic Committee rising to the position of vice-chair.

Brunch will be held in Kaufman Hall at 10:30 am with the presentation following at 11 am. Admission is $10. Reservations may be made by calling the Temple office at 757-626-4295.