Congregation B’nai Sholom-Beth David hosts Super Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser


In recognition of Super Bowl LVIII, members of Congregation B’nai Sholom-Beth David celebrated with its 5th annual Super Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser at Maple Lanes RVC. More than 60 congregants gathered at the bowling alley on Sunday afternoon to participate and cheer each other on.

Much like the big game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs, a lot was riding on the event. Rabbi David Lerner was there to try and defend his title as “highest scorer,” a title he has maintained for the last two years.

“Strikes, spares, gutterballs, field goals and smiles,” Bonnie Friedman, co-president of the Sisterhood of Congregation B’nai Sholom-Beth David, said. “For the fifth year in a row, our bowling event was a triumphant roll down the lane of success.”

This year’s event featured a number of fresh faces, including Dave Kaufman, Bernie Genzer, Howard and Marcy Colton, and Shira Yaron who was filling in for Rabbi Howard Diamond.

Returning this year were also Barry Silverman, Bonnie Friedman, Nancy Hochhauser, Jonathan Winderman, Ashley Presser, Cantor Alexandra Weiser, Brandon Melendez, Nina Pasternack, Sha Batzby and Amy and Bart Slavin.

Even the kids joined in on the fun this year, by participating in their own game, while their parents competed to determine who would take home the prize for the highest and lowest scores and the most money raised.

The winners of the competition will be announced during the Shabbat Across America Dinner on March 1.

During the competition, bowlers also took a quick “time-out” to enjoy some kosher pizza, salad and refreshments that were provided courtesy of Larry and Lisa Mack.

“It was a ton of fun and a great way to get the temple community together to raise money,” Temple President Nancy Hochhauser said.

Barbara Kaplan, a member of the synagogue’s board of trustees, expressed her thanks to Matas Skolnick, Smantha Berman-Melendez, Jill Lander, Connie Salwen, Judy Greenberg and Nancy Hochhauser for helping organize this year’s competition.

She also expressed that the 2024 Super Bowl-A-Thon would not have been such a tremendous success if not for the generosity of Jill Kaplan, who donated the prizes for this year’s winners; Jeff Greeenfield, who helped cover the cost of the lanes; and Lisa Mack, who provided note cards and envelopes for members of the congregation to write personal greetings to IDF soldiers stationed in Gaza, which Rabbi Emeritus Barry Dov Schwartz will personally bring with him to Israel during his visit later this month.