Conservative Judaism/Request for Phrase


 We would like to honor a long time volunteer Jewish Cemetery Administrator who has worked tirelessly to manage and maintain or Cemeteries...of a small town Conservative Congregation for many many years.
 We would like to present him with a plaque, suitably engraved with a Hebrew Quotation, proverb, "bitooey", etc reflecting his righteous dedication to such an important task.
 Can you suggest any such suitable quotation, etc.?
         Todah Rabah,
         Jerry Schwell

Dear Jerry

Sorry for the delay for a righteous deed on your part.

Just a couple of thoughts -  it is very hard to be succinct. I don't know of a specific Hebrew bitui.

My most earnest suggestion and advice is to speak with your own local clergy.

"Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer." ~Author Unknown

"Volunteers are love in motion!"  ~Author Unknown

"Hesed shel emet" is the highest form of kindness.

Best wishes

Shanah Tovah

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Write to me with questions about Jewish customs and law, history, philosophy and tradition for answers from a Conservative perspective or conversion. I am a graduate of The Jewish Theological Seminary and a member of the Conservative Rabbinical Assembly. Having served in congregational pulpits since 1970, I now am President of the Foundation For Family Education, Inc. a non-profit educational endeavor. I established it to create new formats of hands-on programs and provide free educational downloads at In addition to general informational questions I welcome your questions about programs for social action, outreach to dual-faith families, inter-faith clergy projects, healing services, education for conversion, adult education for the congregation and the community. If you have questions about Informal and Formal Education I am ready to share my extensive experience with Youth Activities, Camping and Religious School/Hebrew High School on a congregational, community and national/international level.


I have served on the National Youth Commission for more than 25 years and serve on the Boards of the Conservative Zionist movement MERCAZ and the World Council of Synagogues. I have always dual-families and taught candidates for conversion with a great sense of fulfillment. I am very proud of 25 years on the Jewish camping staff of Camps Ramah. My greatest source of pride is my family! Ask me about them, please!:-)

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