Lots of happiness in your retirement.. Thank you for all you did for our family,. Dana's Bat Mitzvah in 1996 and all our granddaughters baby namings here in Florida. You made our Simchas so special. I still remember almost 7 years ago that you called e from Iceland when I found out I had thyroid cancer..You are so special to our family. Mazel Tov in your retirement.
Shelley and Lee Grossbard
Thank you for a great three decades plus.
Hope you enjoy retirement as much as we do. Kol Ha Kavod!
Dear Rabbi Birnholz,
Thank you for being such an amazing Rabbi! Ever since I started coming to Schaarai Zedek 11 years ago I have always felt like this place is my home away from home and both you and Donna are a big reason why. Thank you for making my bat mitzvah and confirmation so special! I am going to miss you being on the bima. ~Shoshana
Best wishes and may your retirement be long, healthy and happy! You will be missed here.
Rabbi and Donna,
Thank you for everything you have done for our family and our community. We wish you well as you enter the next chapter of your lives!
We wish you all the best in your retirement. We are grateful for everything you have done for us as a family.
We arrived in Tampa shortly after you. It has been a pleasure having you as our Rabbi this entire period. You are a special person. We wish you and Donna all the best for good health and joy in the future.
You're the best! See ya around town!
We are very happy you were involved with Karen's Bat Miztvah and including Artie in the ceremony. We both treasure your insights and sense of humor. Best of luck to you and Donna in your future endeavors.
We have really enjoyed having you as our rabbi! You will be missed! Thank you for being such a wonderful and caring leader of our temple. Enjoy your time with your family! Lots of love, The Feldmans
Thank you for all of your kindness and support to our family for all these years.
Rabbi, you are the reason I joined the temple and both you and Donna always made me feel very welcomed and loved.
I wish you a very relaxing and enjoying retirement, (even though I know you will always stay very busy.)
You are a very special couple and have provided strength, happiness, and peace of mind to many. Thank you for all the years you’ve been there for everyone. We wish you lots of fun free time and health and happiness. Love, Janice and Gar Smiles (Emma, too)
One of the most memorable days of my life, October 22, 2001, is highlighted by grateful memories to the two of you. Donna, you performed a great mitzvah from our afternoon phone call after which you left work to pick up ten-year old Julia from after-school care up in Keystone, through my being able to come late that night for both her and the wonderful piece of moist, healthy seasoned chicken you gave fed me on arrival. My being able to be with Don that night was so appreciated. Rabbi, having you there when the doctor was explaining things to me was invaluable. You had offered to leave me and the doc alone, but I declined, knowing your memory and experiences with that kind of stuff would be stronger to help me understand. We've been through a lot together, but that one day stands out above all. Thank you again.
It has been such a blessing to have worked for you the past 20 years. You have provided guidance, love and support for me throughout my years here. I can't imagine being here without you but I know that you and Donna will have an amazing time. I hope to visit you in your new office.
Love and affection,
Dear Rabbi and Donna, you both have brought so much love to all of us . Thank you for all. G-d bless you both and now have a ball!!!❤️❤️❤️
Rabbi, even though I have moved to Northern Virginia I often think of you and my time living in Tampa and as a member at Schaarai Zedek. In 2001-2002, I was lucky to have been in your Jew By Choice Conversion class. I remember that weeks prior to the final test I had lost my job working as an Operations Coordinator at a Wireless Tower Company based out of South Tampa. I was studying up for the test prior to being laid off and I spoke with you after one of our last classes and said," I am not sure if I am going to pass the test/convert since I will be busy in my job search". I wasn't sure if I could focus on studying with my job search as a distraction.
What I remember you said to me was, "sometimes through hard times like these will act as a motivation or inspiration for you to keep studying and pass this class". My quote might be a little off but you might remember the point you were trying to make to me.
You know you were right and I really want to thank you for challenging me on that. I was excited after I passed the test and I love Judaism. I knew after that experience that I had made the right decision and you helped me get thru what many would have considered quitting.
A year and a half ago, I spoke with you and had visited CSZ over the Labor Day weekend. I had just moved to the DC Area and had asked you if you knew of any good Temples to check out in the Northern Virginia Area. I am very glad I had that conversation and I had told you that I was looking at Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, VA. You said to me that you try to model your style and services after Rabbi Amy Schwartzman. I went back to Virginia and attended services at TRS and wow fell in love with the Temple and eventually got to know Rabbi Schwartzman. I was blessed with your recommendation to have found another temple similar to Congregation Schaarai Zedek. BTW... That is not an easy task. Thank you for your help and suggestions, because you helped me grow as a man and Judaically. For that I am blessed that you played a part in my life.
I grew up here and as a child and young man knew Rabbi Z. and Rabbi Frank... but as far as I am concerned, you are MY Rabbi !!
You married us, educated Sadie and Saul, were always kind and generous to Christopher, Bat Mitzvahed Sadie and Lynn and buried Sam. You gave us amazing advice when Saul opted out of his Bar Mitzvah. You gave me advice when I was on City Council You have always been there for me and our family and we love you dearly!
Best of luck as emeritus and in all of your future endeavors!
Hi Rabbi... this is Lynn. 🙂 I just want to tell you that you hold a very special place in my heart. We are so very grateful for you & want to say a HUGE THANK YOU for all you are & all you do.
And special love & respect to Donna... as I understand what its like to be Married to someone special... who others love, need and want a part of. Please thank Donna for us... for all her Many sacrifices and most of all...for sharing you with us.
We love you both.
Wishing you everything good, always. xoxo (And thank you for marrying us!! hee hee You did great! xoxo)
May your retirement days give you happiness, may you continue to make great memories with family and friends. We thank-you for touching our lives with your warmth, wisdom and kindness. Mazol Tov, Shalom!!!!
Our lives have been enriched by you and Donna. We are forever grateful and are so blessed to have had you in our lives! Mazel Tov on your un-installation! All of our best!