DHC was delighted to be able to honour Shirley Goldberg as Kallat Torah for 5777. Rabbi Borts and Chair Bess Robertson both spoke about the great contribution that Shirley makes to the life and work of the community. She was presented with a certificate marking the occasion by Bess and also received a congratulatory letter from the Movement for Reform Judaism which the rabbi read at the kiddush which followed the service. Unfortunately our kallat Bereishit for 5777 Estelle Solomon, had been rushed into hospital the previous day (she is most thankfully now recovering at home) so it had been decided that the community would honour her next year all being well and in her much missed absence the congregation were all honoured as brides/bridegrooms of Bereishit and received a call up to the scroll in pairs.
There was much enthusiastic singing and dancing with the aid and encouragement of musical accompaniment from David Biermann on violin and Peninnah on clarinet. Due to a fall Rabbi Borts was unable to play her violin this year but we hope to have a trio next year. The congregation sang Adon Olam to a lively tune composed and played by David Biermann. We are hoping to add it to the DHC repertoire.