Congregation Beth Aaron honored Josh Klavan as Chatan Bereishit and Yakov Eizik as Kol ha-Ne’arim on Simchat Torah. Rabbi Lawrence Rothwachs, the shul’s spiritual leader, was honored as Chatan Torah for the work he continues to do on behalf of the congregation.
Josh Klavan is the shul’s vice president of finance and has been its treasurer and a member of its board. Together with his wife, Esther, and several other shul members, he founded Shearit HaPlate of Bergen County, Inc., in 2006; he has been the organization’s president. Esther is the director of SINAI’s Karasick Shalem High School at the Torah Academy of Bergen County. The Klavans have four children.
Yakov Eizik and his wife, Toby, have been members of Congregation Beth Aaron for 41 years. Yakov has served on many committees, including house, kitchen, and security, helps with High Holy Day seating, and is active with the shul’s Chevra Kadisha. He has been a member of the Teaneck Volunteer Ambulance Corps for 34 years.
Toby is working with Ellen Friedman, the designer of the shul’s new Kol ha-Ne’arim chuppah, and using her embroidery skills to add the names of children and grandchildren to the chuppah, which enhances Simchat Torah celebrations. The Eiziks have three children and four grandchildren.