Cantor Moshe Weiss sits at a rear table in the HEA social hall as people filter in to say farewell and good luck to Ida Goldberger, who is moving to Baltimore to live with her family at the end of June.
The June 15 tribute was hastily arranged when the community learned that Ida — a fixture in Denver since 1951 — was leaving her home of 64 years ahead of schedule.
Weiss met Ida and her husband Rabbi Daniel Goldberger when he was hired as chazzan at Beth Joseph in 1957.
Lost in memories, his first words are muffled.
“What a lady,” Weiss speaks up. “One in a million.”