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This May, Abe Gilner of Congregation Beth Shalom will be celebrating his 100th birthday.

Dr. Abe Gilner

Dr. Abe Gilner

In honor of the longtime member of CBS and constant light of the synagogue, as well as his wife of 65 years Anita, the congregation has launched a naming campaign for its religious school, soon to be the “Abraham and Anita Gilner Religious School of Congregation Beth Shalom.”

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According to a press release, Dr. Gilner is known for his consistent attendance on Shabbat and holidays, his warmth and his remarkable appreciation for life. He regularly attends many of the adult education events, often questioning assumptions with a soft-spoken but keen insight.

In addition, his many years as an esteemed pediatrician and vital member of the Jewish communities in which he has lived gives him a perspective and wisdom that he shares with grace and a still-boyish grin.

Beyond the renaming campaign, CBS will also be honoring Dr. Gilner with a celebratory brunch on May 12. Religious school students will produce a special presentation after their last day of class, and the event will kick off a celebration week that includes Shavuot observances and will culminate with Gilner’s actual birthday following Shabbat.

The May 12 celebratory brunch is open to the community; $15/adults and kids age 9 & up, $7/kids age 3 to 8. Visit bshalom.net or call (770) 399-5300.

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