As the temperature drops and the nights get long, the members of Congregation B’nai Israel are getting ready for the 2015 Chanukah Festival of Lights. The Chanukah Festival, to be held at 4 pm on Sunday, December 6, will feature a community menorah lighting, dinner and lots of activities for all. This event is open to the public and great for all ages.
There will be a variety of activities for children, as well as local vendors, a Jewish book fair, and gifts for purchase from the Sisterhood Gift Shop. A delicious kosher dinner will include crispy potato latkes and traditional donuts for dessert.
On Saturday, April 25, Congregation B’nai Israel in Rumson will be hosting a gala dinner dance to honor congregants and raise essential funds for the synagogue. The 7:30 pm Bene Fete will include cocktails, dinner, dancing, a silent auction and a raffle, and all those who want to help raise funds for the synagogue and pay tribute to the honorees are invited to attend.
“The honorees are Gloria and Gene Landy, Jody Woolley, Anne and David Zack and Stacey Rassas Klinge,” explained Harriet Straus, co-chair of the Bene Fete. “We wanted to honor members of our community, past, present and future. All of these honorees have contributed greatly to our synagogue by taking on leadership or fundraising positions, teaching in our schools or sitting on our Board of Trustees.”
In light of recent events in troubled nations around the globe, it is important to educate ourselves and our children about the horrors of genocide and remember the victims. On Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 10:30 am, Congregation B’nai Israel will commemorate Yom HaShoah. or Holocaust Remembrance Day, with dramatized readings from Simon Wiesenthal’s book The Sunflower.
This thought-provoking program, which will challenge the audience to define their beliefs about justice, compassion and human responsibility, is being presented by members of the Rabbi Jack M. Rosoff Hebrew High School. The event is free and people of all faiths and backgrounds are invited to attend.
On the morning of Sunday, May 3, Congregation B’nai Israel in Rumson welcomes the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Bret Stephens, for a discussion about Israel, Iran and Global Jihad.
Stephens, the Wall Street Journal’s foreign-affairs columnist and deputy editorial page editor, is responsible for the international opinion pages of the Journal. and is a member of the paper’s editorial board. Following the 11 am lecture, Stephens will answer questions and sign his new book, America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder. Books will be available for sale.
On Tuesday, March 10, Congregation B’nai Israel (CBI) in Rumson will welcome guest speaker Carole Basri for a special event. A lawyer, filmmaker and expert on international relations, with a particular interest in Iraqi history, Basri will speak about the ethnic cleansing policies of the Middle East, beginning with the Jews and including the recent ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) persecution of Christians, Kurds, Yazedis and Shiite minorities. She will also show clips from her documentary films.
The 7 pm program is open to the public and refreshments will be served. Admission is free for members of CBI, Red Bank Hadassah and chhange. The non-member fee is $5. Advance registration for the program is requested by March 5 at cbirumson.org.
National Poetry Month is just around the corner in April, and the library committee at Congregation B’nai Israel (CBI) will once again be hosting Café Pinsky 2015: The Poet Next Door, an evening of readings by local Jewish poets.
Named for Long Branch native Robert Pinsky, who served as the U.S. Poet Laureate from 1997-2000, the free event will take place on Monday, April 27, 2015 at 7 pm. In addition to poetry, the evening will feature music, light refreshments, coffee and tea. All are welcome to attend.
Published and unpublished local Jewish poets are invited to enter up to two poems each to the Library Committee by Monday, March 30, 2015. There is no entry fee.
“Degenerate Art” — or artwork that Hitler saw as a menace to German culture — is once again in the headlines, as looted art troves are discovered in Europe and their provenance hotly debated. What is the history behind the headlines? Why were some of the great artists of our time – Chagall, Klee, Kandinsky – targeted and their artwork banned?
On Sunday, January 11, art historian Vivian Gordon will visit Congregation B’nai Israel (CBI) in Rumson to speak on these 20th century masters and their treatment in Nazi-era Germany. The subject of a recent show at the Neue Galerie in New York City, the story of “degenerate” art also has drawn attention from the recent discovery of a huge stash of modern work found in a Munich apartment, and from the film The Monuments Men.
A specialist in European art and a lecturer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art., Vivian Gordon gives private and group tours of the Museums’s permanent collection and special exhibitions. The 11 am presentation, for which advance registration is required by Thursday, January 8, is being co-sponsored by Congregation B’nai Israel, the Red Bank Chapter of Hadassah and CHHANGE.
On Wednesday, December 17, bring a flashlight and your family menorah to Congregation B’nai Israel (CBI) in Rumson to celebrate Chanukah, the eight day festival of light. Join local leaders Rabbi Jeff Sultar, Cantor Dov Goldberg and CBI’s SHMA Religious School children at 5 pm for festive prayers and songs as they light the large outdoor menorah on the grounds of the synagogue. The community is invited, and there is no charge to attend.
After the outdoor menorah lighting, all are invited inside for a Chanukah dinner and celebration. The dinner will begin with a group lighting as each family lights their own menorah (candles will be provided free of charge by CBI sisterhood).
It’s been called “the most enjoyable of all Jewish holidays” — and this March, Congregation B’nai Israel in Rumson is inviting all family, friends and neighbors to “put on a costume or mask, grab a noisemaker, and head to CBI to join in the Purim fun. ”
A festival recorded in the biblical book of Esther, Purim commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people living in the ancient Persian Empire from a plot by Haman, an evil ruler, to destroy them.
On Saturday evening, March 15 at 7:30 pm, Rabbi Jeff Sultar and Cantor Dov Goldberg will be leading a full Purim Service and Megillah Reading. Rabbi Sultar explained, “everyone is welcome to come to this service…and being Purim, it will feature costumes and silliness but it will not specifically be a family service.”