Sunday, May 6th, 6:00pm
Shoup Park – Garden House
The Spring Fundraiser is around the corner! Please join us as we honor some of our very special congregants:
Yvonne & David Boxerman
Patty & Mike Krigel
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David and Yvonne Boxerman have the distinct honor of being the only couple in Kol Emeth’s history to serve as both President and Executive Director of the Congregation. They have been members since the mid 1970’s and celebrated with Kol Emeth the B’Nei Mitzvot and weddings of all three of their children. David was closely involved with the 1987 Sanctuary construction while First Vice President, and Yvonne with the current building project as Executive Director and then as a volunteer following her retirement in December, 2015. Their combined years on the board in various capacities and as executive directors total more than 25 years of service.
Yvonne and David enjoy participating in other volunteer activities. Yvonne currently volunteers for Vista Center for the Blind as their Volunteer Coordinator, and David shares his love of plants and gardening as a Master Gardener with Santa Clara County’s UC Cooperative Extension Service.
When they are not spending time with their children and grandchildren spread across the country, they love to go on history and art tours, and hope to enjoy many more locales, especially in Europe and Israel. Later this year Yvonne and David are very much looking forward to celebrating a major milestone – their 50th wedding anniversary.
Something very important to both Yvonne and David is extending hospitality to friends and strangers alike; whether to longtime good friends or to someone who is making their first visit to Palo Alto.
They wish to thank Kol Emeth for extending this honor to them, and feel privileged to be sharing the evening with Patty and Mike Krigel, who not only know the true meaning of hospitality, but are wonderful representatives in every way for the Kol Emeth community!
The Krigels joined Kol Emeth about 25 years ago, never imagining how important it would become in their lives. All four of their sons — Elliot, Arlie, Daniel and Noah – had their Bar Mitzvah at Kol Emeth, with the two older ones having participated in USY as well. Mike was a Board member for two terms — one for five years, and the other for six, which included the roles as president and head of fundraising. Patty, meanwhile, was always happier keeping a low profile, volunteering where needed.
But what they’re probably best known for is their hospitality. Their home has always been a gathering place for their kids and friends of all ages, including “adopted” children Katherine Heflin and Victor Carcamo. They regularly host Kol Emeth summer potlucks in the shade of their palm tree, are noted for their large and tasty break-the-fasts, and provide filling Shabbat dinners (with Patty’s homemade challah) for many a family or friend.
Professionally, Mike works as a financial advisor, and Patty in private practice as a psychologist. She also works two days a week at a tech company doing therapy.
Though they will miss the old building, Mike notes he won’t lose sleep any more looking at costs for maintenance and repairs. Patty is more sentimental, looking back fondly over the years she spent as part of the Shabbat Kiddush Co-op. They are grateful for all the close friends they have made, and the caring community they are part of. And they note, it is an honor to be recognized by the greater Kol Emeth community.
Post archive date: Sunday May 6th, 2018