|Robin and Steven Abramow, left, and Robin and Steven Rogers|
Temple Emanu-El of Closter will hold its 87th birthday celebration – “Lights and Community” – on March 7. Robin and Steven Rogers will receive the Founder’s award and Robin and Steven Abramow will be honored with the Hineni award.
The Abramows have been members of Temple Emanu-El since 1990. Steve was the first person to daven from the amud in Temple Emanu-El’s new home in Closter, when he led Birkhot Hashachar and Pseukey D’Zimrah, and he continued to do this every week for many years. He also also filled in for Cantor Singer as baal tefillah. Additionally, he has served as parnass for High Holy Day services, and is an active Shabbat worshipper.
Robin has been instrumental to the temple as a professional designer. Together with Andrew Pittel and Susan Heidenberg, Robin helped in decorating the shul’s promenade level, religious school, executive offices, gift shop, and lobby. The Abramows’ philanthropic and communal work extends to other local institutions, including the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, the Jewish Home at Rockleigh, Solomon Schechter Day School, and the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey.
The Rogers also are active members of Temple Emanu-El. Robin has worked on many committees and events, including the annual Dinner Gala, Chanukah boutique, and High Holy Days youth programming. In addition, she has co-chaired the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation’s annual dinner gala.
Steve was an executive officer of the synagogue for six years, including serving as president. He is active in many Jewish organizations and is on the board of the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, serves on the New Jersey Cabinet of the Jewish Theological Seminary, is a founding co-chair of JFNNJ’s annual Full House poker tournament, lectures on legal issues at the New York Board of Rabbis, and is a Berrie Fellow. He also plays center for the Pomona Jewish Center three-peat championship basketball team.
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