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The Barnert Temple Milestone Gala honoring Congregation B’nai Jeshurun’s past, present and future will be held on Thursday, May 16, 2013 from 7:00 pm-11:00 pm at the Venetian in Garfield, New Jersey.
Rich in history – from its inception in Paterson as the first Jewish congregation in New Jersey in 1847, to its fortuitous move to Franklin Lakes in 1987, to the transformative leadership of Rabbi Elyse Frishman since 1995 – Congregation B’nai Jeshurun continues to thrive as a community of pioneers in the Reform movement.
Named after its greatest benefactor, two-time mayor of Paterson, Nathan Barnert, who deeded land to build a grand synagogue in 1892, the Barnert Temple spans three centuries as an American institution committed to offering Reform Jewish experiences that are relevant, accessible and meaningful for people of all ages and backgrounds.
Rabbi Elyse Frishman, celebrating her 18-year “Chai” anniversary as Barnert’s spiritual leader, is recognized internationally for her role in transforming Reform Jewish Worship. Editor of the new Reform prayer book, Mishkan T’filah, she has also contributed to many other liturgical works as both writer and editor.
A tireless advocate for social justice, she has traveled to Darfur, Cambodia, and India, and recently made international headlines for being detained at the Western Wall while supporting a woman’s right to pray there.
At the gala, long-time temple leaders who were instrumental in moving the congregation to Bergen County will reminisce about the past and share stories with those who are forging its future. An illustrious panel of speakers will honor Rabbi Frishman with personal insight about the global impact of her contributions. Speakers will include Ruth W. Messinger, president of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), Anat Hoffman, executive director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC), and Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism.
Festivities will also include a cocktail reception and live auction, dinner, an award presentation and a short film.
Proceeds will enrich Barnert Temple’s vibrant programs, outreach, and strategic planning initiatives.
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