Jewish Woman Puts Faith to Work Helping Others

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Byline: Carol L. Thompson Daily Herald Correspondent

Buffalo Grove resident Natalie Solomon believes it is important to give back to her community.

"I'm very involved in my synagogue," Solomon said. "There are a lot of good things and valuable works to put your energy to."

This year, the Sisterhood of Congregation Beth Judea, Long Grove, honored Solomon as their "Valued Volunteer." According to Solomon, the sisterhood of a temple has a variety of responsibilities.

"We take care of the kitchen, do fund-raising activities and provide educational and social programs," said Solomon. "We do things in the community, too, such as donating money to local charities."

Solomon has been an active member of her Sisterhood for 17 years. During that time, she held several different positions on both the board and the executive board, a two-year term involving more work and responsibility. Additionally, she was treasurer, membership vice president, secretary, co-vice president and co- president. The presidency was most challenging, due in part to overseeing the many aspects of the Sisterhood.

"Each Sisterhood honors one of their own members," Solomon said. "So they chose to give me an award for many years of service."

Solomon's Sisterhood has women from their early 30s to mid-60s - a large group of women at different stages in their lives, looking for programs that appeal to various aspects of their lives, including both secular and Jewish topics.

On the educational committee, Solomon helped with religious school for local children. But now there is a new emphasis on adult education to increase knowledge of Judaism.

"Many women my age and older didn't get the religious school education that girls and boys get today," explained Solomon. …