More than 150 people representing many of the Teaneck synagogues attended a Jewish National Fund dinner and dessert reception at Congregation Beth Sholom in Teaneck on December 14.
Beth Sholom’s Rabbi Joel Pitkowsky welcomed the group, and the program’s co-chair, Jerry Rosen, introduced a film in memory of the three young men who were murdered in Gush Etzion in June 2014. Buzzy Green of Congregation Keter Torah welcomed Shani Abrams Simkovitz, chair of the Gush Etzion Foundation, who spoke of the history of Gush Etzion in 1948, and how the children and grandchildren of the massacre there have returned to build new communities in memory of the original settlers.
JNF Circle of Excellence plaques were presented to honorees Joan and Reuben Baron, Joyce Bendavid, Millie Leben, and Rabbi Steven Penn.
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