Come and help Jordan blow out the candles as he celebrates his eightieth year. Jordan says that in lieu of presents, he prefers donations in honor of his milestone birthday to Mishkan Torah. Although there is no charge for the party, attendees are encouraged to make reservations. Reservations and donations may be made at the Synagogue or by using the form below. If you'd like to make a payment online, click on the "buy now button" at the bottom of this page. All donors will be listed in a special Birthday Card.
Jordan has been a fixture of Greenbelt and Mishkan Torah for approximately half a century. A native of New Jersey, he moved to Greenbelt as a graduate student in 1962 with Eva, his wife of 55 years, when Eva was six months pregnant. Jordan and Eva joined Mishkan Torah in 1966 and have been involved on an almost daily basis ever since.
In 1968, Mishkan Torah established its still functioning Social Action Committee in response to the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. with Jordan as its Co-Chairman. Jordan played an active role as well in the “Free Soviet Jewry” campaign, including supporting prisoners of conscience and recent arrivals from the Soviet Union. A professional educator, Jordan lent his talents to the Children’s Education Committee in the late 1960’s and for a time served as principal of the Synagogue’s Karp Family School.
In 1980, Jordan became Chairman of the Building Committee, a position he has held almost perennially thereafter. Jordan knows every nook and cranny of the Synagogue building and the rabbi’s residence. In this capacity, Jordan is the undisputed “Who You Gonna Call?" of Mishkan Torah. Whenever a fire or burglar alarm goes off, or someone forgets where a light switch is, or the roof begins to leak, it is Jordan’s phone that rings. The time of day--or night--is irrelevant. Jordan has been called upon to lead Mishkan Torah as its President and Executive Vice President for two terms each. Over all his years, Jordan says that the jobs he has enjoyed most at Mishkan Torah are Social Action, and then roof replacement.
Jordan has served as one of Mishkan Torah’s representatives to the Chesapeake Region Jewish Reconstructionist Council and upon the Executive Committee of the Jewish Community Council of Greater Washington. Additionally, he was Chairman of the now-defunct Prince Georges County Jewish Alliance for nine years. In 2008, Mishkan Torah honored Jordan and Eva with its annual Keter Shem Tov (Crown of a Good Name) Award.
Jordan taught courses in general biology at Montgomery County Community College from 1967 through 2000. For the last ten years, Jordan has been actively involved with the Greenbelt Lion’s Club, a service organization dedicated to working with the deaf and visually impaired, culminating in Jordan’s recently completed tenure as president. Jordan and Eva have three children; Rabbi Carl Choper; Brian Choper who is a well-known local musical performer and promoter; and Leah Choper who is a cartographer for the federal government.