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The Silverbergs and the Dorot Society

“As my ancestors planted for me, I plant for my children and my children’s children.”
(Taanit 23)

As we celebrate our 80th anniversary, we honor the generations who founded and nurtured TBE and grew our congregation into the vibrant community we are today. Sam and Rose Silverberg, parents of Joe Silverberg, are two of those individuals. Sam and Rose were charter members, and Joe grew up at Temple, even before TBE found a permanent home on Arbor Drive. After Joe was introduced to his wife, Jeanne, and convinced her to move to Madison, they “were married in New York and immediately joined the Temple,” Joe says. Joe and Jeanne’s children attended Religious School and the family celebrated other life-cycle events at TBE.

Joe and Jeanne are honoring the Silverberg family legacy by being inaugural members of our Dorot Society. Membership honors those who commit to leaving a legacy to sustain TBE for future generations, just as Joe’s parents did for them. When asked why it was important for them to do this, Joe simply responded, “It was the natural thing to do.” We are grateful that for Joe and Jeanne, helping to provide for Temple’s future well-being is the natural outcome of being part of our community.

There are many ways to become a member of the Dorot Society. Several of these are easy to do on your own and don’t require amending your will or trust.

And now, we have even more reasons to join the Dorot Society: Pam and Howard Erlanger, Amy and Marty Fields, and Gary Friedman and Bonnie Denmark Friedman together have offered an instant donation of $8,000 to the Yerusha Fund as soon as the Dorot Society reaches 80 members. (Couples are counted as two members.) Our goal is to make this happen during Temple Beth El’s 80th anniversary year. If you’ve considered joining the Dorot Society, now is the time to become a member!

Please join us at Temple on Monday, November 18, at 7:00 pm to learn about simple ways to leave TBE in your estate plan, with Jordan Taylor of DeWitt law firm and Dean Stange of Wipfli Financial. Please sign up at

Please reach out to Dorot Society co-chairs Howard Erlanger ( and Gary Friedman ( or executive director Stefanie Kushner ( with any questions or to set up a private meeting.

Thank you to our inaugural Dorot Society members:

Niles & Linda Berman
Rabbis Jonathan Biatch & Bonnie Margulis
Pam & Howard Erlanger
Marty & Amy Fields
Gary Friedman & Bonnie Denmark Friedman
Paul Grossberg & Dean Ziemke
Janice Kaplan
Tamara Sue & Ken Kaplan
Harry & Karen Roth
Joe & Jeanne Silverberg
Jerry & Vicki Stewart

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