Bashert is a wonderful Yiddish word which has many layers of meanings. In its basic form it means “meant to be.” While many associate Bashert with meeting a soulmate, the word also can apply to meeting an old friend, rescuing an animal, or getting a certain job.
When Elizabeth Stork walked into the Beth El Judaica shop to shop for her daughter, she met Margie Stang and after a lengthy conversation, she became the caterer for our shul. Bashert.
When Elizabeth moved on at the end of 2017, her daughter, Claire Passmeyer, stepped in, bringing experience in both retail management and customer service in the restaurant industry to the position, as well as interesting, exciting ideas for Beth El events.
When she’s not in Beth El’s kitchen, she is working toward her Bachelor’s degree, while her husband is completing his PhD. Both are studying in the field of Social Work. Bashert. They live in Mt. Lebanon, with their four-year-old daughter Charlotte, who you may see “helping out” in the kitchen from time to time.
Claire looks forward to meeting everyone at Beth El and helping congregants to host the best events possible — from small gatherings to special occasions — at the shul.
Stop in the kitchen the next time you are attending an event at Beth El that includes food to say hello!