Charlie and Mickey Feldberg will have a lot to celebrate this weekend. In addition to their 60th wedding anniversary, Temple Emanu-El of Palm Beach is renaming its boardroom after them for their dedication to conservative Judaism and to the temple.
“It was a complete surprise; they took a vote when we were in New York,” said Mickey Feldberg of the board of directors, on which her husband serves as vice president and program chairman.
Services will begin at 7:30 tonight and include a blessing at the board room after a mezuzah is affixed to the entrance.
Both Feldbergs have been longtime donors and volunteers at the synagogue. Mickey Feldberg started in the Women’s League 14 years ago, serving as president for four years (2008-12) and becoming honoree of the Torah Fund, which supports the Jewish Theological Seminary and the conservative movement. She also edits the temple’s Kol Emanu-El magazine and serves on the Judaic Arts Committee.
“Her calm manner and reasoned approach helps solve problems and inspires dedication from those she works with,” writes Arlene Kurtis of the Women’s League in Kol Emanu-El.
For the couple, the temple is their spiritual home filled with good friends and “a wonderful feeling of warmth and fellowship.”
“Charlie and I were co-chairs for the temple’s 50th anniversary fundraising campaign, which is now over,” she said. “The temple has been refurbished and is beautified as the result of the $5 million raised. Part of it was used for the refurbishing, and the rest was going into the endowment.”
In March, she is chairing “Home is Where the Art is,” an event showcasing homes with art collections and the homes of artists who are temple members. Her husband is chairing a January fundraising concert.
The dedication intentionally coincides with a visit by the couple’s three children and seven grandchildren, who have traveled to Palm Beach to join them in celebrating the honor and their milestone anniversary. The couple met at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in the early 1950s.
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