Temple Emanu-El in Closter is celebrating its 91st year with its annual celebration, “Making a Difference Together,” on Saturday, March 2. It will honor Lisa Beth Meisel and Greg Meisel with the Founders’ award and Jen Maxfield Ostfeld and Scott Ostfeld, with the Young Leadership award. The gala begins at 6:45 p.m. with Havdalah and the program; the strolling dinner is at 8; a live auction at 9:45, and a silent auction throughout the evening.
Lisa Beth and Greg Meisel moved to Tenafly and joined the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades. Lisa Beth, now a vice president on the executive board, was on the JCC board and chaired many committees. She is on the Jewish Federation of North America’s Young Leadership Cabinet, and has gone with that group to Russia, Berlin, Poland, and Israel. She also has received the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey’s Rising Star award. Greg has led many missions to Israel over a 10-year period; two were for Temple Emanu-El and the local community. He also organized and led JFNNJ’s largest family trip; 325 people, 80 from Temple Emanu-El, who went to Israel together. Greg has been on the board of JFNNJ and the Jewish Home at Rockleigh, and he also has sat on many JCC committees. At Emanu-El, he’s been on the board, treasurer of the executive board, first vice president, and president.
Jen Maxfield Ostfeld and Scott Ostfeld have been members of Temple Emanu-El for six years. They have been involved in projects both at the shul and in the larger Jewish community, including the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. In 2017, Jewish Women International selected Jen as a Woman to Watch. The Ostfelds support Bet Elazraki Children´s Home in Israel and are sponsoring college scholarships for IDF and lone soldiers who have completed their service.
Jen has been on the board at the Center for Food Action and is a vice president of the board at the Elisabeth Morrow School. Scott has been on the board of the Opportunity Network for over a decade. Jen and Scott met at Columbia University, and they both remain active there. Jen is on Columbia College’s board of visitors and Scott is on the board of Columbia University’s Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy.
For more information, call (201) 750-9997 or go to TempleEmanu-el.com.