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By: Becky Seitel
Survivor: Aaron, Martin

Martin Aaron has been a member of Knesseth Israel Congregation, Birmingham’s Orthodox synagogue, since 1953. Forty years ago, he began serving as a Gabbai, assisting in the worship services and meeting other needs of the synagogue. During that time he has assisted eight rabbis and today holds the title of Gabbai for Life. He is also a member of the Board of Directors.

“Our small congregation has a wonderful view of the future, and I’m enjoying our endeavor of building a new synagogue which will serve our members well into the 22nd century,” he says.

“As we reflect on what has happened in the past, we realize that we are made of what happened yesterday and the day before. I’ve tried to use all of those experiences to make positive things happen.”

Martin is pictured with Knesseth Israel’s Rabbi Avraham Shmidman.