Temple Beth Rishon in Wyckoff unveiled its new stained glass installation in its sanctuary on September 18. The windows were dedicated with a ceremony and celebration honoring Henry and Elaine Kaufman; the windows were a gift from them to Beth Rishon.
The new windows come to the synagogue almost exactly 20 years after the sanctuary’s dedication in 2002. They were inspired the musical traditions of Temple Beth Rishon and by Psalm 150; the art shows a shofar, a lyre, a harp, and musical notes.
The Kaufman Center for Jewish Living, which was established at Temple Beth Rishon in 2020, is named for Henry and Elaine Kaufman to honor their continued commitment to the congregation and to the Jewish community at large. The Kaufman Center was established as a resource for the entire Bergen County Jewish community, a place to come together for both educational and social events. Programming includes innovative speakers, musical offerings, and educational programs for all ages.
The artwork was created by Englewood artist Anat Kaluzshner, who also designed the original stained-glass installed in the sanctuary. Her design was executed by Rholf’s Stained Glass.
Henry Kaufman, the son of a kosher butcher, was born in 1927 in Wenings, Germany. He and his family fled the Nazis when he was 9 years old. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from New York University, a master’s degree in finance from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in banking and finance from New York University Graduate School of Business Administration. He also has received three honorary doctorates. Dr. Kaufman worked in commercial banking and as an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. At Solomon Brothers, he was vice chairman and an executive committee member. He is the president of Henry Kaufman & Co., Inc. a firm specializing in economic and financial consulting. Dr. Kaufman has written many books. His latest, “The Day the Markets Roared,” was published last April. He is an active member of many organizations and is a member of the board of governors of Tel-Aviv University and a life trustee at the Jewish Museum.
Elaine Kaufman graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University and worked professionally as a dress buyer for several major companies. Her passion for music and education has made its way into her philanthropic work. She is the honorary chair of the Kaufman Music Center and has been a member of its board of trustees for more than 35 years. Ms. Kaufman’s interest in the arts extends beyond music and includes her participation in the fine arts committees of the Jewish Museum and the Whitney Museum. She was also an active member of Hadassah and has a member of the board of Jewish Family Services.
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