Rabbi Rudolph Retirement Tribute

May 17, 2015, 7:00 pm
Congregation Beth El
8215 Old Georgetown Rd
Bethesda, MD

We look forward with great pride and excitement to celebrating Rabbi Rudolph’s 31 years of leadership at Beth El, and we hope you will join us!  The response for his Retirement Tribute on Sunday, May 17, has been amazing, with reservations coming in daily, and there are many more ways to celebrate this milestone together, too. We want to make you aware of the other events that weekend, Thursday, May 14, through Sunday, May 17. Details are provided below.

Please join us on the Tour de Rudolph for as many events as possible. RSVPs are required only for the Sunday evening program. Come and celebrate with us!

The tour begins Thursday, May 14-Sunday, May 17 

A Tribute Book will be presented to Rabbi Rudolph on May 17 from the Beth El community. Everyone is encouraged to submit, by April 23, one page reflecting your good wishes and memories in picture and text. Electronic transmission of submissions is preferred to tribute@bethelmc.org, or drop off hard copy in the main office in an envelope marked “Rudolph Tribute Book.”

Thursday, May 14

The Annual Meeting at 8:15 pm will include a recognition of Rabbi Rudolph by President David Mills, and a response by Rabbi Rudolph.

Friday, May 15

After the Friday Night Shabbat service, students and Shir Atid will honor Rabbi Rudolph at a brief program.

Saturday, May 16

During the Shabbat Morning service, the congregation will honor Rabbi Rudoph and Gail Fribush with an aliyah.

Sunday, May 17

An evening honoring Rabbi Bill Rudolph, starting at 7:30 pm. See the invitation below for details.

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Tour de Rudolph

An Evening of Celebration in Honor of
Rabbi Bill Rudolph’s Retirement from Beth El

Sunday, May 17, 2015
7:30 pm

Tribute to Rabbi Bill Rudolph
followed by
Champagne and Dessert Reception

Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County
8215 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, Maryland

Click here to download the RSVP form. Return to the Beth El office no later Friday, April 24.

Rabbi Bill RudolphRabbi Bill Rudolph joined Congregation Beth El in 1983 as a part-time rabbi while he was still serving as associate international director of Hillel. He was elected the shul’s associate rabbi in 1996 and rabbi in 2001.

During more than 30 years at Beth El, Rabbi Rudolph created and encouraged others to create diverse programming to meet the needs of our congregation and the community at large – programs that reflect his love of Torah, Israel, and life-long learning. Rabbi Rudolph’s vision and collegial relationship with congregants made possible the establishment of numerous inreach groups and minyanim to build community and engage a wide range of interests from Family Camp to Senior Caucus and everything in between. He has also reached out to the broader community by offering stimulating programs such as the Conversations with Key American Leaders series, the Beth El-Saint Luke Dialogue, and the Interreligious Learning Institute. Rabbi Rudolph has put Beth El on the map as a vibrant and innovative 21st-century Conservative synagogue.

In his retirement, Rabbi Rudolph looks forward to spending more time with his wife, Gail Fribush; his children, Dan and Jenn, Sara and Steve, and Marc and Karen; and his grandchildren, Stacy and Ian.