Center for Jewish Life of Marlboro, NJ, was transformed into a luxurious ballroom on Sunday, February 21st, resplendent with glistening candelabras, elegant lighting and a profusion of drapery, in honor of CJL’s 12th Anniversary Testimonial Dinner.
“Rabbi Yossi Kanelsky has created an event that rivals the Oscars!” declared Mayor Jonathan Hornik of Marlboro Township. “Nobody does it like Center for Jewish Life.”
Close to 250 attendees and public officials paid tribute to the Guests of Honor, Drs. Alex and Inna Silman, and to the recipient of the Community Service Award, Chief of Police Bruce E. Hall of the Marlboro Police Department. Mr. Leon Kleyner was the worthy recipient of the Man of the Year Award.
“This past year, our Center has experienced incredible growth and development” said Rabbi Yossi Kanelsky, Spiritual Leader of Center for Jewish Life. “In addition to our already extensive list of programs and services, we have successfully launched several new initiatives including Monday Morning Services, an annual Holocaust Remembrance Evening, The Shabbat 4 Teens – Shabbat 200 Event which was the first of its kind in the tristate area, and another big surprise event for Teens scheduled for May”. He continued, “It is the support and commitment of devoted individuals such as our honorees that enables our Center to continue to enrich the community and pass on the Jewish heritage and legacy to the next generation.”
Congressman Frank Pallone of the 6th Congressional District opened the program with words of greetings and congratulations, stating the importance of people understanding their heritage so that they can contribute to the diversity of this country.
Mayor Jonathan Hornik introduced the night’s Community Service Award recipient, Police Chief Bruce E. Hall, with warm words of praise and admiration. “The safety of our community is paramount to our success,” he stated, making note of the substantial growth of our town which is now at 42,000 residents, and the 50th largest town in the state of New Jersey. He applauded the Chief’s dedication throughout his 41 year career, mentioning how during natural disasters, the Chief is the one who stays up all night making sure everything runs smoothly. “I sleep well knowing that Chief Hall is not sleeping,” he said.
The guests experienced a dazzling array of fine wines and delicacies accompanied by a sumptuous banquet; all while enjoying a strong and soul stirring performance by the legendary Cantor Berele Zaltzman, who recently returned from a two week tour of performances throughout Moscow, Russia. The glorious evening was thoroughly enjoyed by all.