Temple Emanu-El of Closter’s 90th annual celebration — “Live, Love & Laugh Together” — is set for March 10. The shul will honor Bonnie and Corey Notis with the Founders’ award and Briana and Matthew Holden with the Young Leadership award. The evening includes a comedy performance by Elon Gold.
Bonnie and Corey Notis joined Temple Emanu-El when it was time to enroll their children in Hebrew school and they walked the Torahs down Tenafly Road from Englewood to Temple Emanu-El’s new home in Closter. They created the first mitzvah project walkathon on the shul grounds for their son’s bar mitzvah class, which raised funds for children with cancer in Israel. Bonnie Notis studied Torah at in the Melton School and the Torah Institute and joined the shul on its first trip to Israel. The Notises also are longtime members of the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly.
Briana and Matthew Holden were married at Temple Emanu-El in 2007. Briana Holden volunteers at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades and the J. Spencer Smith School, both in Tenafly. Her parents, Ellen and Shepard Goldfein, are longtime members and patrons of Temple Emanu-El and the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades. Like her parents, Briana attended Hebrew school and became a bat mitzvah at the shul. Matthew’s family were members of Temple Emanu-El in Woodcliff Lake, where he attended Hebrew school and became a bar mitzvah. Matthew, along with other members of Temple Emanu-El, provided advice in connection with the planning and construction of Temple Emanu-El’s promenade level. He has represented the synagogue in the purchase of property that bordered the synagogue, and in the sale of Rabbi Emeritus Arthur Hertzberg’s home in Englewood. He serves on the shul board and is engaged in synagogue governance.
Elon Gold is a comedian and actor who has starred in Fox’s “Stacked” and NBC’s “In-Laws.” He has made 10 appearances on “The Tonight Show” and had a recurring role on “Bones.” For information, call (201) 750-9997 or go to www.templeemanu-el.com.