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Cassandra Weisenburger

Director of Communications, Temple Israel

Make sure you mark your calendars for April 26-28 as we celebrate Cantor Wendy Shermet’s retirement after 18 wonderful years at Temple Israel.

On Friday, April 26 at 5:30 p.m. you are invited to Temple Israel as we host a celebratory fundraising dinner honoring Cantor Shermet. We will have a wonderful menu with something for everyone: braised short ribs, salmon sliders, pasta primavera with choice of sauces on the side, along with potatoes with cheese, grilled vegetables, broccoli slaw salad, challah, and chocolate-dipped strawberries for dessert!

The cost of the dinner is $25 per person. You also have the opportunity to be a Sponsor ($50 and includes 1 seat), a Patron ($180 and includes 2 seats), or a Table Sponsor ($1,000 and includes 8 or 9 seats). RSVPs with your payment are due by April 5. Visit our website to RSVP online today: TempleIsraelOmaha.com/CantorDinner.

This fundraising dinner will provide an opportunity to invest in the future of music at Temple Israel. The proceeds will go directly to the newly named Cantor Wendy See Cantor Shermet Music Fund.

“Cantor Shermet has been a part of the Temple Israel community for 18 years and as our cantor she has been with us through all of our lifecycle events. I can’t think of a better way to honor her than by renaming our music fund after her. This fund will allow our future cantors who follow Cantor Shermet to continue to bring us exciting and meaningful music experiences,” said Temple Israel President Andie Gordman.

“The Music Fund is critical to Temple Israel’s vibrancy, culture, and worship,” said Cantor Shermet. “This Fund allows for artistic groups such as the Omaha Chamber Music Society and the Omaha Chamber Symphony, along with solo guest artists, to be part of services and also present concerts. We keep current with today’s compositions through our subscription to Transcontinental Music Publications, along with other Jewish music publishers. Additionally, this Fund helps maintain everything from instruments to choir robes.”

At 7 p.m. everyone is invited to a special service in the sanctuary where we will honor Cantor Shermet’s legacy and celebrate her retirement with joy and music. A special oneg will follow.

On Sunday, April 28 at 11:30 a.m., the religious school will come together for a light brunch to celebrate their many special years with Cantor Shermet.

Cantor Shermet will also be honored at the Tri-Faith Initiative’s Dinner in Abraham’s Tent on Sunday evening, April 28 at 6 p.m. at the CHI Health Center. Details and reservation information coming soon.

For 18 years, Cantor Shermet has learned with us, prayed with us, celebrated our simchas with us, mourned with us and walked the path of life with us. We have been so blessed by Cantor Shermet’s talent, presence and love for 18 years; we hope you will join in this celebration with us!