Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel (TSTI), the Reform synagogue in South Orange, celebrated Rabbi Daniel Cohen’s 25th anniversary in rabbinic leadership at the congregation. On Thursday, May 31, approximately 300 people attended a gala at Maplewood Country Club. Outgoing board president Sue Wishnow and Cantor Emeritus Ted Aronson, who was the cantor during Cohen’s rabbinic internship and for many subsequent years, spoke about Cohen’s many contributions to the TSTI community.
Cantors Rebecca Moses and Joan Finn and Rabbi Alexandra Klein performed musical selections that included a touching tribute to Cohen and a light-hearted musical parody. In his remarks, Cohen praised TSTI for being a “light unto our community and far beyond.”
“Our commitment to equality, to respect, to using our talent and energies to make a positive difference in this world is as strong or stronger than ever, and I truly believe that at no time in my life has the message of who we are as a community been more important to us and to others,” he said.
In Cohen’s honor, the TSTI Rabbinic Leadership Endowment has been established to enable TSTI to continue its tradition of leadership excellence and to be a home for the Reform movement’s most talented clergy. The celebration continued on Saturday evening, June 2, with a Havdalah barbecue.
More information on TSTI is available at tsti.org.