Mishkan Torah Celebrates Frank Pearlman and Greenbelt
On Saturday, November 17, Greenbelt’s Mishkan Torah Synagogue celebrated the 80th birthday of its long-time member Frank Pearlman and the City of Greenbelt’s 75 anniversary with an evening gala program. The title of event was “Frank & Greenbelt, Aging With Grace,” and it was attended by members of the synagogue, the City Council, and Greenbelt residents.
Saul Oresky (center) leads the Havdalah service which is a Jewish ceremony marking the end of Shabbat and is performed on Saturday night. Holding the Havdalah candle on the left is Rachel White Greenfield and on the right is Jeffrey Rosen, tonight’s master of ceremonies.
Frank Pearlman, whose 80th birthday is celebrated tonight, is third from left.
The Goldstein family and others sway to the rhythm.
The master of ceremonies Jeffrey Rosen welcomes everyone to Mishkan Torah. He talks about Frank Pearlman’s long-time connections to the synagogue and Greenbelt and especially his love for Hollywood and Broadway. Here Rosen shows a caricature of Frank Pearlman as Hamlet, paying tribute to his love of acting.
Yael Fischman, mezzo soprano, sings “Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’!” from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma.” She is accompanied by Arielle Bayer on the piano.
The evening is also a celebration of Greenbelt’s 75th anniversary. Here Sheila Maffay-Tuthill, the Greenbelt Museum’s education/volunteer coordinator, speaks about the Museum’s newly installed Greenbelt 75th Anniversary Timeline Exhibit at the Greenbelt Community Center. She mentions an important chapter in Greenbelt’s history that residents of many faiths helped to build the Jewish Community Center (now Mishkan Torah).
Frank Pearlman was born in Baltimore on September 14, 1932. He has been a member of Mishkan Torah Synagogue for 52 years and a GHI and Greenbelt resident for more than 40 years.
Mayor Pro Tem Emmett Jordan and Mayor Judith Davis
Nadine Wobus, soprano, sings “Just You Wait, ‘enry ‘iggins!” from Lerner & Lowe’s “My Fair Lady.”
Angie Carmel, Chairperson of Mishkan Torah’s Ways and Means Committee, shares stories of Frank Pearlman, from acting in “The Odd Couple” to running the Coffee Klatches as Chair of the Way and Means Committee.
Ben Greenfield, tenor, sings “The Music of the Night” from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera.”
Julia Frank from Greenbelt Assistance in Living (GAIL) tells about the GAIL program and her interactions with Frank Pearlman.
The Goldstein 5, including Darelynn Fung and Bret, Aaron, Sam and Elta Goldstein, sings “You’re the Top!” from Cole Porter’s 1934 musical “Anything Goes.”
Frank Pearlman applauds the Goldsteins’ performance.
Arlene Gottlieb and Chana Mason give “An Alphabetical Appreciation.” “F is for Frank but also friendly, fun-loving, but most of all funny.”
“R is for a resolute Reconstructionist. For many years, Frank was our representative to the Reconstructionist.”
“A is for a lover of activities of all types and of course Alice.” Alice was Frank Pearlman’s late wife.
“N is for nice, and neighborly, and the neighborhood. Greenbelt is the perfect neighborhood for Frank.”
“K, a key player at Mishkan Torah and in Greenbelt. He is kind, he is knowledgeable, and he is a real … keeper.”
Yael Fischman, mezzo-soprano, sings “Memory” from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats,” in memory of Frank Pearlman’s late wife Alice.
John Henry Jones, vice president of the Golden Age Club, speaks about Frank Pearlman who is an active member of the club.
Nadine Wobus, soprano, sings “As Long As He Needs Me” from Lionel Bart’s “Oliver.”
Jackie Kling, president of Mishkan Torah Synagogue, first announces that Mishkan Torah will plant a tree in honor of Greenbelt’s 75th anniversary. She then presents Frank Pearlman with a painting of the synagogue by artist Marsha Goldfine in celebration of his 80th birthday.
Greenbelt Mayor Judith Davis reads a letter from the Greenbelt City Council congratulating Frank Pearlman on his 80th birthday.
Frank Pearlman thanks everybody from Mishkan Torah, Golden Age Club, Widowed Persons Support Group, Senior Advisory Committee, and others in attendance. He tells that he and Alice started coming to Mishkan Torah even before they moved to Greenbelt and he has loved living here. He had never lived alone until Alice died, he tells. “I lived at home until I was 20, and then at 20 I joined the Air Force and I lived with 100 other men. So I wasn’t alone then. And while I was in the Air Force, I married Alice. So I was never alone until Alice passed away. That was the first time I ever lived alone and I was really scared to death. And I didn’t know how I could get along being all by myself. Then I found out that living in Greenbelt, you are not by yourself. You have a wonderful, big, big, large family in Greenbelt. Everyone in Greenbelt is your family.”
Those in attendance give Pearlman a standing ovation.
The entire cast sings “That’s Frank Pearlman.”
Greenbelt and Mishkan Torah
He’s the guy we adore-a!
To him we say-a
Yom Huledet Sameach!
That’s Frank Pearlman!
“Yom Huledet Sameach” is “Happy Birthday” in Hebrew.
Everybody sings “Happy Birthday” to Frank Pearlman and Greenbelt.
From left are City Councilmember Ed Putens, Frank Pearlman, John Henry Jones, and Mayor Judith Davis.
Mayor Pro Tem Emmett Jordan chats with Ben Greenfield, Jeffrey Rosen, and Rachel White Greenfield.
The birthday cake is cut.
Mayor Davis (center) and Solange Hess (left) receive pieces of the cake from Eva Choper.
Frank Pearlman (center) with a piece of his 80th birthday cake