Congregation B'nai Israel

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Congregant Milestones

Mazel Tov

We congratulate our congregants and clergy on their wonderful achievements.

Rabbi Prosnit  was honored in late October with the Connecticut Regional Office of the Anti-Defamation League’s 2015 Distinguished Community Leadership Award. The award is given annually to “outstanding citizens who contribute to building strong communities that are open to all people without regard to race, religion, ethnicity or sexual orientation.”

Jim Greenberg became the newest member of the Candy Hall of Fame this fall, a decade after his father, Arthur, was
inducted. Jim joined his family’s Union Confectionery Machinery Co. as sales manager in 1986. He now holds the
positions of co-president, officer and director.

Rabbi Schultz completed his first New York City Marathon in 3:56:44, while raising $2,880 for the CT Challenge.

The Blue Card bestowed its Young Leadership Award on Rachel Rosenberg last month at an event at the New York Public Library. Rachel, who served as a 2014-15 AmeriCorps VISTA Community Liaison, is the daughter of Sam and Patti Rosenberg. Other honorees included Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel. The mission of The Blue Card is to provide direct financial assistance, with dignity and respect, to needy Holocaust survivors living in the United States.

Luise Burger served as Vice Chair of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) Biennial in Orlando last month. She also serves as Vice Chair of the entire URJ, which supports nearly 900 member congregations, including B’nai Israel,
in their efforts to enrich and energize worship, deepen Jewish learning, pursue social justice, nurture strong leaders and expand community. Over 5,000 leaders, including lay people and professionals, attended the five-day Biennial, learning and celebrating together. Speakers included Vice President Joe Biden, actor Michael Douglas and Ari Shavit, author of “My Promised Land.” The URJ is a Burger family business, as Luise’s husband Ed Burger served as
Chair of the Biennial Awards committee and previously chaired the 2013 Biennial in California. Luise will chair the next Biennial, December 6-10 in Boston.

Joshua Gersen became the assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic and the music director of the New York Youth Symphony earlier this year. The conductor and composer is the son of Steven and Barbara Gersen.

Eric Newman won reelection to the Town of Fairfield Representative Town Meeting. Newman also served as treasurer for the successful reelection campaign of First Selectman Mike Tetreau.

Let us know when you or someone you know does something worthy of a “mazel tov” at B’nai Israel, in the
community or beyond. Send your news and accomplishments to Bulletin Editor Scott Smith at