(House of Representatives - April 17, 2013)

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  The SPEAKER pro tempore. Without objection, the gentleman from 
Florida (Mr. Deutch) is recognized for 1 minute.
  There was no objection.
  Mr. DEUTCH. Mr. Speaker, I'm proud to have the opportunity to welcome 
one of my constituents, Rabbi Robert Silvers, of the Congregation B'Nai 
Israel in Boca Raton, Florida, as he offered the opening prayer here 
today. He is a leader in the Jewish community in south Florida. His 
life epitomizes the Jewish tradition of tikkun olam--bettering the 
  Rabbi Silvers' impact is felt well beyond the 1,200 families of 
Congregation B'Nai Israel, with pastoral work and care that he provides 
not only to his own congregation but also to the greater local 
community as a volunteer chaplain for the Palm Beach County Sheriff's 
Office. He has served as president of the Palm Beach County Board of 
Rabbis and as president of the Greater Boca Raton Religious Leaders 
Association, an interfaith coalition of clergy. Rabbi Silvers has been 
involved in education and interfaith dialogue throughout south Florida.
  I'm proud to call Rabbi Silvers and his wife, Ava, friends. I welcome 
them and all of his congregants who watched

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on C-SPAN as he delivered this meaningful prayer.