Marjorie Wold of Colts Neck, president of the Monmouth Reform Temple of Tinton Falls, was among the honorees at the Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey’s annual (virtual) meeting on December 8. She was recognized for her extraordinary leadership efforts in the Jewish community this year.
In a video presentation, Ms. Wold said, “As covid hit, everything shut down. Our clergy and I were worried on how to reach out to everyone with support and supplies. As time went on and we realized the virus was going nowhere, I reached out to the other synagogues with the Federation’s help.”
A monthly organized zoom call was arranged, and become a lifeline to many synagogues struggling in these unique circumstances. This was a project Mrs. Wold had hoped to organize early on in her work with her synagogue, after she met and learned from other religious leaders in conferences she attended throughout the country. She wanted to replicate those synergies in her local community. Ironically, it took covid to create the circumstances that allowed it to happen. “This program helped build bridges when so often we feel like island,” Ms. Wold said. We are a minority. I like to think that each time we can get together, everyone wins.”