Rabbi Steven Sirbu will be honored at Temple Emeth’s spring gala on Saturday, May 7. The evening, marking Rabbi Sirbu’s 13 years as the spiritual leader of Bergen County’s oldest Reform synagogue, includes dinner, dancing, and tributes. A journal will be published to mark his bar mitzvah year.
A native of California, Rabbi Sirbu was ordained in 1998, after studying at HUD-JIR’s Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York campuses. He was assistant rabbi and then associate rabbi at North Shore Synagogue in Syosset, N.Y. He and his wife, Rabbi Rebecca Sirbu, live in Teaneck with their daughter, Talia.
When he arrived at Temple Emeth in 2003, Rabbi Sirbu began implementing his vision of social action and community outreach. He established a Muslim-Jewish educational program, participated in a mission of Jewish and African American leaders to Birmingham, Alabama, and marched in America’s Journey for Justice, which was organized by the NAACP and co-sponsored by the Central Conference of American Rabbis. He has been president of the Teaneck Clergy Council, the NJ-West Hudson Valley Association of Reform Rabbis, and the North Jersey Board of Rabbis.
Paula Dillon and Lisa Eig are the gala’s co-chairs. For information, call (201) 833-1322 or go to www.emeth.org.