Gala Celebration

Please join our Gala Celebration for Temple Etz Chaim and help us honor

Mr. Stewart Lipson
Chief Thomas J. Lynch

with Temple Etz Chaim’s Tree of Life Award for service to the community

Saturday, November 16, 2019
11 Cheshvan 5780

3 Restaurant
461 West Central Street
Franklin, Massachusetts

6:00 PM
Cocktails and Dinner
Live Auction and Dancing to follow

The Tree of Life Award
“Etz Chaim” means “tree of life” representing the foundation of strength that our Torah is for all of us. We have created the Tree of Life award to recognize special individuals within our community whose actions and commitments have helped Temple Etz Chaim and the larger communities in which we live and work.

Stewart Lipson
Stewart grew up in Pennsauken, NJ, a suburb of Philadelphia. He moved to Boston for college, graduating from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in 1984. Stewart works in the outpatient pharmacy department of the Worcester VA.

Stewart, his wife Lisa and son Jacob joined TEC in 2002. Stewart was quickly recruited to join the Religious Activities Committee, where he helped organize holiday events such as High Holy Day honors, Sukkot dinners and 2nd night Seders. He served as RAC chairperson for several years.

Stewart is the guiding spirit behind the TEC Brotherhood, with a goal to help the Temple and bring together the men of TEC, creating lasting bonds of friendship. The Brotherhood sponsors a variety of social events such as bowling and poker nights, and also helps the Temple assemble and take down the sukkah and the Chanukah menorah every year. Stewart’s influence in bringing TEC together is also realized in the special events he organizes, such as attending minor league baseball and hockey games, co-chairing the 4th of July committee, and leading Erev Shabbat services, when needed.

Thomas J. Lynch
Thomas J. Lynch (T.J.) is the 11th Police Chief for the Franklin, Massachusetts Police Department, serving since July 1, 2016 and overseeing 52 officers and 3 administrative staff. He became a patrol officer for the Franklin Police Department in August 1996 and was promoted through the ranks. He serves on the Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council, a regional partnership working with law enforcement agencies in the southeast / west region of Boston. He is also a member of the Southeast Homeland Security Advisory Council.

Chief Lynch is committed to the concept of Community Policing, working in partnership with the community to enhance the quality of life for Franklin.

Chief Lynch holds a Bachelors Degree in Criminology from Suffolk University and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Framingham State University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the FBI – Law Enforcement Executive Development Association Trilogy Program and the New England Institute of Law Enforcement Management.

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