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On Motzei Shabbos, January 24, 2023, the social hall at Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion was filled with over 250 people celebrating BJSZ’s annual event, which honored Drs. Sam and Lorna Durso, and the fellows of the BJSZ Kollel: R’ Yehuda Leib Birnbaum, R’ AJ Esral, R’ Nosson “Nate” Miller, R’ Mordy Pollock, and R’ Zvi Spiegel.The Dursos have been an integral part of BJSZ for many years, and they are treasured role models. The Kollel fellows enrich our shul nightly with their inspired shiurim and learning.

The evening began with a buffet reception and then continued with a dinner, at which the guests were entertained by the wit of the MC, the inimitable Shimon Marciano. The program included a dynamic and uplifting performance by well-known performer, Yehuda Green. There was also a beautiful video tribute to the evening’s honorees; the video included remarks by Rabbi Rose, given with his hallmark grace and warmth. After the video, the evening concluded with a dessert buffet and a round of spirited dancing.

The theme of the special event was “Forward Together,” demonstrating our focus on building a strong future for BJSZ and the broader Baltimore community. BJSZ daily enhances the lives of its members, as well as many others, with Tefillah and Torah. This special event concluded an unforgettable, special Shabbos at BJSZ during which world famous singer & composer Yehuda Green led the tefillos with passion and inspired song. Shabbos also included a ruach-filled oneg at the Reitberger home. It was a Shabbos and a special event to remember, in our classic BJSZ style. If you have not experienced it, we invite you to come join us at BJSZ and see what the Shul and the Kollel are all about! 

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