I have attended services at K.I. since around the age of 5, when I accompanied my father to shul on 39th Street. A few years later when my parents opened Gorin's Kosher Meat Market at 1017 E. 63rd Street, we moved to a house at 59th and Harrison some 3 blocks away from K.I. so that we could walk to shul on Shabbat and holidays. Of course, we didn't have a Hebrew Academy in those years, but my sister Sonny (Sonia) and I attended K. I. Hebrew School twice a week and Sundays until we 'graduated.'
When I was 13, Cantor Solomon asked me, along with Leslie Cohn to sing a few duets with the adult men's choir for the High Holy Days. How fun and exciting was that for me! When I was 15 or 16 years old Cantor Solomon asked me to join the adult men's choir. What a thrill! And I'm still singing with the adult men's choir, some 50 plus years later.
I served as an officer and board member of our synagogue in the 70s. I took a break to concentrate on my law practice and raise a family. I have a daughter (who has eight children) and a son (who has four children), all of whom live in Israel. My first great grandchild, a boy, was born in July, 2016, and I have another one the way! So now I have an additional title, "Great Grandfather." My wife, Rosemary, and I married in 1989. She has one daughter and two sons who have four children, all of whom live in the KC area. Together we have 16 grand children and one great grandson, and I'm trying to keep up with all the names, birthdays, etc.
K.I. has been a big part of my life over all these years. I feel I have my life invested in our shul and a great desire to help keep the synagogue alive and vibrant.
I hope that all of you reading my bio feel similar and that you will join our officers and directors in making and keeping our shul successful.