JUAN ISAZA, head of the buildings and grounds staff at Adath Shalom in Morris Plains, will be honored at the synagogue’s fund-raising gala, Saturday evening, March 23.
Isaza, who came to the United States in 1996 from his native Colombia, began working at Adath Shalom in 2001. He later earned a B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Isaza said, “It has been an honor to work at Adath Shalom.” He noted the parallel between his journey and that of the many Jewish immigrants to the United States. Although he traces his ancestry to Spain and Portugal, he believes his family’s tradition of lighting candles each year at the beginning of December — in a ritual similar to the lighting of the Chanukkah menorah — may be a hint at hidden Jewish connections
in his past.
The cocktail party will begin at 8 p.m. and will feature music and dancing. The cost is $75; call 973-539-4884.