|Rabbi Yehuda and Dinie Pink outside of Buckingham Palace|
The Solihull Hebrew Congregation Thursday Club rub by Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Yehuda and Dinie Pink in Birmingham, England, has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in honor of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee commemorating her 60 years on the British throne.
Held in the same regard as the Member of the Order of the British Empire – a rank conferred on individuals in honor of their contributions to society – the Queen’s Award was created in 2002 on occasion of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. It recognizes the contributions of volunteer groups that work in their local communities.
The Solihull Hebrew Congregation will receive a certificate signed by the Queen as well as a domed glass crystal. Its citation lauds the group as “a social hub for the vulnerable elderly.” In addition to providing a variety of board games, books, videos, and a computer room, the Thursday Club also serves lunch and features a different speaker or singer every week.
The Thursday Club has grown to be a cornerstone of our community,” said Jon Gouldman, chairman of the Solihull Hebrew Congregation. “This award acknowledges the wonderful service it provides and the high standards of volunteering that support it.”
The Pinks and two representatives attended last Tuesday’s Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.
“I am delighted that the hard work and dedication of the volunteers at the Solihull Thursday Club have been recognized nationally through this important award,” said the rabbi, adding that the club is made possible by Birmingham Jewish Community Care and other charitable trusts.