Miriam Creemer was born in Calgary in 1936 to Polish immigrant parents. Miriam grew up in a very close-knit family and later attended the University of Alberta, where she graduated with a degree in teaching. She became a teacher in one of the largest elementary schools in Calgary and later was head of the English Department at the Jewish day school that she had attended when she was a young child. Miriam met her husband, Al, in Vancouver, British Columbia, and they moved to the United States in the late 1970s. When she first arrived, she worked at an old age home and really grew to love working with seniors. After moving to Dallas, she eventually became the Director of the JCC Senior Adult Program, where she worked for 20 years. Miriam instituted a senior drama group, choir, reading club, and many other programs that she led. As a speaker of Yiddish, she shares her passion for the language and translates and teaches it as well.
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Rabbi Dr. Murray Berger was born in 1937 in Brooklyn, New York, but moved shortly thereafter with his family to Cleveland. Rabbi Berger’s parents were both born in Poland and made their way to America independent of one another in the late 1920s and early 1930s. While in university, Rabbi Berger decided that he wanted to become a rabbi in order to be able to help others learn about their heritage. Rabbi Berger married in 1963, the day after he was ordained. Immediately after ordination, he volunteered for the army, serving on active duty for two and a half years and staying in the reserves until age 60, retiring with the rank of Colonel. During that time he moved his family to Dallas and became Associate Rabbi at Temple Shalom for four years. Dr. Berger also served as Rabbi at Congregation Ner Tamid in Carrollton, at Anshei Emet, and several other congregations in the area, and currently maintains a private psychology practice with his wife, Bobbie. Rabbi Berger has also served as the National Deputy Chaplain for the Jewish War Veterans of the USA.
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