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Distinguished Service Award Banquet

Sunday, September 11, 2022 15 Elul 5782

5:30 PM - 8:30 PMBeth El Temple, 2626 Albany Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06117

The Beth El Temple Men's Club 
cordially invites you to attend our

Distinguished Service Award Banquet


Sharon Efron and Lois Koteen

for their many years of devoted service to Beth El Temple, The Men's Club and the Community.

Our guest speaker will be Michael Masters, National Director and CEO of the Security Community Network, the official safety and security organization of the Jewish community in North America.

Our master of ceremonies will be Jonathan Alter, senior counsel at The Travelers Companies and past congregational president of Beth El Temple.

Tribute ads are due by Tuesday, August 30th. Please RSVP for the banquet via the mailed response card by Monday, September 5th.

To print an invitation, click here. To print the reply card, click here. And for information on submitting an advertisement in the program book, click here.

About our Guest Speaker

Michael G. Masters is the National Director & CEO of the Secure Community Network (SCN). A nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, SCN is the official safety and security organization of the Jewish community in North America. Founded in 2004 under the auspices of The Jewish Federations of North America and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, SCN works across 55 national partner organizations, 146 Jewish Federations, and over 300 independent communities as well as with other partners in the public, private, non-profit and academic sectors to ensure the safety, security and resiliency of the Jewish community.

Prior to joining SCN, Mr. Masters served as the Senior Vice President of The Soufan Group, a strategic international security consultancy firm and as the CEO of CivicScape, advanced predictive analytics company.

Mr. Masters previously served as the Executive Director of the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for Cook County, Illinois, coordinating and maintaining the homeland security and emergency management system across the second largest Urban Area in the United States, as the Chief of Staff for the Chicago Police Department and as an assistant to former Mayor Richard M. Daley.

Mr. Masters served on the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security’s Foreign Fighter Task Force, the Faith Based Security and Communications Committee and supported the Department’s Countering Violent Extremism Subcommittee as well as served as the Vice-Chair of the Grants Review Task Force. He previously served on the Executive Board of the FBI’s Chicago Joint Terrorism Task Force.

A Truman and a Gates Cambridge Trust Scholar, Mr. Masters received his B.A. from the University of Michigan, MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge and his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he served as managing editor for the Harvard International Law Journal.

Mr. Masters has held faculty appointments at both the John Marshall School of Law and at Northeastern University and serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School in Chicago, Illinois, on the Council of The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, and as the President of The Soufan Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to addressing global security issues.

Certified as a peace officer and a Special Weapons and Tactics operator, Mr. Masters continues to serve his community as a part-time police officer. Mr. Masters received an officer’s commission in the United States Marine Corps, where he attained the rank of Captain.

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