RECOGNIZING THE DEAKTER FAMILY
Annette & Morris Deakter both grew up in Pittsburgh, PA. They met at a fraternity New Year’s Eve Party. Morris, or “Maish”as he is known today, was in the US Navy from 1944-46. While in the Navy and stationed in San Francisco, they got married in 1945 and then returned to live in Pittsburgh.
With two young children, Marsha & Cheryl, the family came to Miami in 1958. They moved to Skylake in 1959 and joined the Jewish Center of Monticello Park just about the same time as Rabbi Max became the spiritual leader. The children grew up with a public school education and received their Jewish education at Beth Torah.
Annette and Maish became involved in synagogue life at Beth Torah and they participated in building expansion and dedicated the state-of-the-art exclusive social hall which became the home of Executive Caterers and the Deakter Ballroom was filled with weddings, b’nai mitzvah and social events for the entire community for decades to come. The most glamorous affairs are still held in the Deakter Ballroom on the current campus. Whether small intimate parties, large organizational parties or a simcha with over 500 people, the Deakter Ballroom at Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus has been the “in place” to be.
Marsha, still living in Aventura, had one son, Dr. Jason Green, who is married to Jessica and they have three children, Justin, Benjamin & Ella. Jason still accompanies Maish on Yom Kippur when the family is called to the Torah for Maish’s Aliyah. Cheryl, also living in Aventura, has two children, Melissa, who is married to Josh Breitstein, and has a six-year-old daughter, Jordan, and Craig Davis, who is married to Elizabeth Montero and they have three children, Rachel, Dani and Alex. Craig’s family lives in Seattle, WA. Cheryl is a grandmother of four making Maish a great-grandfather of seven.
Maish served briefly on the Beth Torah Board of Directors and then as an Honorary Trustee, a position he still holds today. Annette sadly passed away in 2009. Maish celebrated his 95th Birthday last week surrounded by his loving family.
Annette z”l & Morris Deakter have been a Generational Family of Beth Torah for the past 62 years. Their support has helped bring this congregation and community to greater heights and may our Beth Torah Family continue to thrive for generations to come.
Each week one of our generational families will be recognized by our congregation blessed
by the rabbis at both the “virtual” Friday evening and Shabbat morning services.
Over 50 families have been identified with 50 + years of membership at Beth Torah and another
25 families as their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who are currently members of Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus.