Today is July 23, 2019 -

Chisuk Emuna Congregation

of Greater Harrisburg, PA

3219 Green Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110-5507
Phone: 717-232-4851 |

Spring Gala Event


Chisuk Emuna Celebrates Two Special Families


for Spring 2014 Gala!



On Sunday, April 6th, Chisuk Emuna will be celebrating two very special families at our annual gala.  Aaron and Lena Rubin, z’’l, and all their descendants will be honored for their legacy of service and kindness at Chisuk Emuna.  Carl and Beth Shuman will be honored for their leadership over the last 25 years.


Aaron and Lena  Rubin played an important role at Chisuk Emuna for decades, particularly when our congregation moved to 5th and Division Streets, and became a Conservative synagogue in the 1950’s.  Their impressive family tree includes 5 children, 11 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and to date, 8 great-great-grandchildren!


Current Chisuk Emuna members who are descendants of Aaron and Lena include: Bert and Myrna Rubin, with daughters Jackie and Amy, son Scott and daughter-in-law Jackie, and their two sons Noah and Daniel, Ricci and Mike Doctrow, with daughters Annie, Rebecca, Emily Freeburn and son-in-law Gregg Freeburn, Traci and Scott Debroff, with sons Jake and Ethan, and Jenny and Steve Rubin, with daughters Ali and Caroline.  Linda Rubin Schwab, the widow of Eddie Rubin, z’’l (and Morrie Schwab, z’’l)  is the last person and member remaining from Aaron and Lena’s children’s generation.


Many of the descendants of Aaron and Lena have – and continue – to serve Chisuk Emuna in a variety of leadership capacities.   Members of the Rubin family are distinguished by their generous contributions of time, energy and resources to strengthen our congregation.


Carl and Beth Shuman have been devoted and active members of Chisuk Emuna – along with their children Sam, Simona, and Saskia, and son-in-law Ben -since they arrived in Harrisburg in 1988. Carl and Beth have made our congregation a centerpiece of their lives in central Pennsylvania.  Their involvement has enhanced the Chisuk Emuna family, spiritually and culturally, fiscally and physically.  Carl has served in many leadership roles, including as Vice President of Programming and Fundraising, and most importantly, as President during an immensely stressful time for Chisuk Emuna.  He took office shortly after the fire destroyed our sanctuary in 2009, and saw us through the long rebuilding process.  Throughout these challenging years, Beth, an active Chisuk Emuna member in her own right, provided endless support at home with managing their family and household as Carl spent countless hours at various meetings.


We are indebted to both of these families for their love and devotion to Chisuk Emuna, and look forward to a joyful celebration of their dedication!


The event begins at 4:00 PM with an Hors d’oeuvres reception, followed by a tribute ceremony and dinner.  The event will conclude with a much anticipated performance by Rak Shalom, a vibrant Jewish a cappella group from the University of Maryland.  Their repertoire spans a range of genres and eras, from American and Israeli pop, to Oldie classics, to traditional Jewish prayers.  Their passion for singing is sure to bring a delightful ending to the evening!


For more information or any questions on the event, please contact Linda Laff at 717-385-0077, or Susan Sussman, Chisuk Emuna’s administrator, 717-232-4851,