Cheryl Nowack and her son, Brian, joined members and friends gathered to honor Robert Nowack, z”l, at Temple Beth Sholom in Fair Lawn. Barry Cohen, TBS executive vice president/treasurer, unveiled a plaque in the shul’s chapel that reads, “The best parts of a good man’s life are his selfless acts of kindness and love.”
Bob Nowack grew up in Teaneck and served on the 50th anniversary reunion committee of his high school class. There he met a fellow graduate with whom he had never crossed paths during their school years. When he died last winter, she contacted Temple Beth Sholom, telling Mr. Cohen that Bob’s character so impressed her that she felt motivated to do something special to preserve his memory. The chapel’s eternal light was determined to be the perfect gift dedicated to Bob.
Bob Nowack regularly attended daily minyanim, was men’s club president, a trustee on the temple’s board, a weekly bingo volunteer, and orchestrated the changing of the Torah covers for the High Holy Days. On Friday nights, he prepared the kiddush cup and wine and took it upon himself to wait with mourners before escorting them into the sanctuary for the first time. Bob Nowack also was the first friend Barry Cohen made after moving to Fair Lawn in 1977.
Bob, Cheryl, and their sons, Joshua and Brian, joined Temple Beth Sholom 40 years ago. Cheryl, a trustee, is a sisterhood past president and organizes friends every year to help polish the silver that beautifies the Torah scrolls before the High Holy Days.