The Edwin & Marilyn Bierman Scholar in Residence is an annual event dedicated to the memory of Dr. Edwin L. Bierman and Marilyn Bierman. Made possible by funding for many years from Marilyn Bierman, z”l, and now by an endowment in the name of both Edwin and Marilyn established by their children Ellen and David Bierman in 2016.
Marilyn Bierman, z”l, sponsored an annual Scholar in Residence at Congregation Beth Shalom in memory of her husband, Edwin L. Bierman, z”l, over a period of 18 years, until the time of her passing in 2014. Her donations towards the Scholar in Residence program alone totaled over $150,000. In addition, Ed and Marilyn Bierman commissioned and donated a beautiful Sefer Torah, which was the basis for much learning during the time of its creation (1998-99) as well as every year thereafter. Marilyn also served as president of the school board and on the Board of Directors very early on in the synagogue’s formation and both she and Ed were instrumental in the initial formative years of the synagogue
Wishing to maintain the sacred legacy established by their mother and other contributions made to Jewish education at Beth Shalom by their parents, Ellen and David Bierman are establishing a special fund to provide for an annual Scholar in Residence at Congregation Beth Shalom. The Fund will honor the memory of Edwin and Marilyn Bierman, who loved Jewish education, by furthering the Jewish education of adults in the greater Seattle area. The high caliber of the Edwin and Marilyn Bierman Scholar in Residence program ensures not only that their names will live on, but that future generations will also able to foster their love of the Jewish faith through learning.
Through this endowed program, Beth Shalom brings noted Jewish scholars to Seattle for a weekend of Jewish learning. Past scholars have included Noam Zion, Aviva Zornberg, Rabbi Neil Gillman, Rabbi Naomi Levy, Rabbi Shai Held, Professor Vanessa Ochs, Rabbi Amy Kalmanofsky, and Professor Daniel Matt as well as the Yeshiva Experience led by Rabbi Ethan Tucker of Mechon Hadar in New York. Dr. Bierman loved Jewish learning. The high caliber of our Scholar in Residence program ensures not only that his name will live on, but that future generations will also be able to foster their love of the Jewish faith through study and learning.