CLARK — On the eighth day of Hanukkah, the Temple Beth O’r/Beth Torah family celebrated a miracle of its own, the dedication of its Bima Window Wall. Many members contributed to this achievement, none more than the two donor families whose generosity made the wall possible. Their largess sparked in a number of members, past and present, a desire to contribute to the beautification of the Sanctuary by sponsoring the dedication ceremony.
A Mincha service led by Cantor Steven Stern began the program. Jonathan Phillips, executive vice president, welcomed the people in the overflowing sanctuary and introduced Dr. Felella Millman who led the singing of the Star-Spangled Banner and Hatikvah. In his remarks, President Howard M. Silverman described the creation of the Bima Window Wall as a “new beginning” for Temple Beth O’r/Beth Torah as it enters its 55th year.
After thanking the many volunteers whose work made the Dedication possible he then introduced Patricia Werschulz, President of the New Jersey Region of United Synagogue, who brought a message of congratulations. Also offering congratulations to the congregation were temple member and Clark Councilman Alvin Barr on behalf of Clark’s Mayor and Township Council and Freeholder Bruce Bergen on behalf of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Martin Richstein, Chairman of the Bima Window Wall Committee, spoke about the development of the Wall from design conception through the construction process to completion.
Stern closed the ceremony with a Dvar Torah and a dedication prayer which concluded with, “May the light that enters through our windows illuminate our lives and uplift our souls. May we be sturdy and steadfast as the stone of Jerusalem. May this House of Torah and House of Light be a welcoming sanctuary to all who enter, so that your presence shall dwell amongst us, now and always. Amen.”
Past president Arnold Young blessed the bread with the HaMotzi prayer and an elegant dinner reception, catered by the Lavroff family’s DeliKing of Clark, concluded the evening. Members danced the hora, caught up with old and new friends and proved once again that Temple Beth O’r/Beth Torah knows how to throw a great party.