The community is welcome to honor Rabbi Fred Pomerantz, rabbi emeritus of Temple Beth El of Northern Valley in Closter, tonight — Friday, October 12 — at 7:30 p.m., at the shul he led from 1973 to 2004, as the community celebrates Shabbat with the original Sim Shalom service he created. Rabbi Pomerantz will play drums during the service.
The Shabbat also marks Rabbi Pomerantz’ 50th anniversary as a rabbi.
Sim Shalom, created in 1968, is an experiment in Jewish music and meditation. It uses folk, rock, and jazz to reconnect Jews to the ancient liturgy. Rabbi Pomerantz brought it to Reform synagogues in all parts of the country, bringing singers and instrumentalists with him, allowing both younger and older congregants to celebrate Shabbat with new heart and new spirit.
For his work on Sim Shalom and other such services, the Central Conference of American Rabbis invited Rabbi Pomerantz to join the seven-person liturgy committee that wrote the prayer books “Gates of Prayer,” “Gates of Repentance,” and “Gates of the House.”
For more information, call (201) 768-5112 or go to www.tbenv.org.