It is hard to count the number of ways you have been part of our lives. You have guided us through many of our most meaningful family events—the marriages of our children, the naming of our granddaughter, the laying to rest of our parents. Your picture, along with our beaming children, is on display in our home and prominently in our albums. We have shared unforgettable travel with you. Those treasured pictures also bring smiles whenever we look at them.
Along with the entire Birmingham community, we already feel a loss that you are gone. You have been a widely respected public voice of reason and compassion. So many people beyond the Temple Emanu-El congregation have looked to you for guidance, and that has made us very proud you represented us as our rabbi. But, we are thrilled for you that you are starting an exciting new chapter in your life near the people who are most dear to you. How wonderful for you and Judi to be so close to your lovely family!
Our very best for a retirement filled with joy and love,
Ellen and Fred Elsas