(Courtesy of Bris Avrohom) On Sunday, November 11, Bris Avrohom conducted their 33rd Annual Gala Weddings, where eight couples had the privilege to wed according to Jewish law.
After signing the ketubahs they all filed into the room to gather with guests to commemorate 80 years since Kristallnacht with Ed Mosberg. The crowd rose as he walked in carrying a 500-year-old sefer Torah that survived the Holocaust. In his speech, Mosberg spoke about the horrors of the Holocaust and how he and his wife, Cecil, miraculously survived and expressed their gratitude to God for the miracles bestowed upon them, as now eight couples who were denied their religious freedom in the former Soviet Union are now receiving a proper Jewish wedding under the auspices of Bris Avrohom.
Following Mosberg’s speech, the couples were all wed and then proceeded to the grand ballroom at the Sheraton Parsippany for joyous dancing with lively music provided by Sandy Shmuely.
With over 400 guests in attendance the 39th Annual Gala Dinner commenced celebrating Bris Avrohom’s achievements in the metropolitan area with the Russian Jewish community. Leon Kozak introduced the dais, which included the honorees, elected officials and the rabbis of Bris Avrohom. The event commenced with the lighting of 11 candles by honorees in memory of the 11 souls tragically lost in Pittsburgh, followed by Rabbi Berele Zaltzman, senior rabbi of Bris Avrohom Fair Lawn, reciting Psalm Chapter 117 in honor of the Lubavitcher Rebbe and Kel Maleh Rachamim in memory of those lost in Pittsburgh.
Dinner chairman Tzvi Odzer introduced Rabbi Mordechai Kanelsky, who gave a report of Bris Avrohom’s activities and thanked its dedicated rabbis and staff. Closing the program, Sheila Oliver, the lieutenant governor of the state of New Jersey, delivered the keynote speech. She expressed her connection to the Jewish people which began when she was a little girl in Newark and continues today with the privilege of dancing with the eight kallahs. She reaffirmed her commitment to the Jewish community in the state of New Jersey, specifically as Chanukah approaches, when the Jewish community will celebrate the miracle of lights.
Rabbi Mordechai Kanelsky presented the Community Service Award to the three distinguished honorees from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Diannae Ehler, Janice Stein and Jenny Davis, for spreading the lights of Chanukah to millions of travelers in New York and New Jersey, where Bris Avrohom is preparing for its annual Chanukah celebrations of 125 menorah lightings throughout the metropolitan areas.
For more information about the Bris Avrohom organization, please call their headquarters at 908-289-0770 or visit its website, www.brisavrohom.org.