On the morning of Simchat Torah — that’s Tuesday, October 25 — Congregation Beth Aaron in Teaneck will honor Alden Leifer and George Friedman as Chatan Bereishit and Kol ha-Ne’arim, respectively, and Rabbi Larry Rothwachs will be honored as Chatan Torah for his work on behalf of the shul.
Alden Leifer has been on the shul board, chaired the fundraising committee, and was the shul’s president for two terms. He also chaired the rabbinic search committee that selected Rabbi Rothwachs. He inaugurated the morning Mishna Chavura, organizes the annual shul learning of Mishnayot, manages the shul’s Mishnayot lending library, arranges for the annual Siyum Mishnayot, and originated and runs the shul’s annual Project Thanks, which honors Teaneck firefighters on Thanksgiving. He and his wife, Evie, regularly host guests for Shabbat meals. Those guests include families new to the community or to Beth Aaron.
George Friedman has been on the shul’s Simchat Torah Kiddush Committee, and along with his wife, Ellen, helped with Beth Aaron’s brand new Kol ha-Ne’arim tallit that will be used on Simchat Torah. The Friedmans have been Beth Aaron members for nearly 40 years. Mr. Friedman has been on the shul board, and its Seudah Shlishit, Bikur Cholim, and Simchat Torah Kiddush committees. He also chaired the shul’s Constitution Revision Task Force.