Fred Wachter recently elected new president at Or Hadash.

Fred Wachter recently elected new president at Or Hadash.

Congregation Or Hadash celebrated Cinco de Mayo by electing a new president, Fred Wachter. He is the first man to assume leadership in the synagogue’s 10-year history.

“We have been led by many truly amazing women whom have helped bring our beloved synagogue to where it is today,” Wachter said. “I have been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to work with and learn from them all. Each had goals and visions to help Congregation Or Hadash progress and grow in many different ways. Each of my predecessors has brought their strength, leadership and passion to the position.”

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In his remarks, Wachter identified one of his primary goals as continuing to enhance and expand programs in education, youth and adult activities and service to the community, representing Or Hadash’s strong commitment to tikkun olam.

Also part of the event was another “first,” this the creation of the “LEV” Award in recognition of outstanding dedication and service by members who have given of their time and talent. The Lev Award was established by outgoing president, Betsy Edelman.

“We have an incredibly loyal and close-knit congregational family,” says Edelman. “The LEV Award was established to afford us a way to show our gratitude for all that they have done to foster the growth and vibrancy of the synagogue that we all love.”

The recipients of this inaugural award are Dr. Arnoldo and Rosi Fiedotin and Annette Marcus.