2014-10-29 / Voice at the Shore

Scholar’s Weekend inspires new tradition at Brigantine synagogue

By ELLEN WEISMAN STRENGER Voice shore correspondent


Participants of the Temple Beth Shalom Scholar’s Weekend Sunday session include, from left to right, (front row): Carol Dranoff, Lillian Hassman, Mina Kramer, Lill Shender and Gloria Jacoby. The middle row includes (from left to right): Jack Lieberman, Howard Abber, Shirley Morgan, Dr. Frank Kern, Linda Hahn, Renee Brachfeld, Rabbi Gerald Fox. Back-row participants include (from left to right): Sid Morgan, Burt Stolove, Lorraine Stolove, Dr. Roberta Ball, Dr. Robert Ball, and Rabbi Mark Novak. Participants of the Temple Beth Shalom Scholar’s Weekend Sunday session include, from left to right, (front row): Carol Dranoff, Lillian Hassman, Mina Kramer, Lill Shender and Gloria Jacoby. The middle row includes (from left to right): Jack Lieberman, Howard Abber, Shirley Morgan, Dr. Frank Kern, Linda Hahn, Renee Brachfeld, Rabbi Gerald Fox. Back-row participants include (from left to right): Sid Morgan, Burt Stolove, Lorraine Stolove, Dr. Roberta Ball, Dr. Robert Ball, and Rabbi Mark Novak. The Kern Family Scholar’s Weekend, which took place Sept. 19-21 at Temple Beth Shalom, is likely to be an ongoing tradition at the Brigantine synagogue, said Frank Kern, who funded the weekend and was delighted with the end result. “I was thrilled to be part of this weekend; I couldn’t have made any wiser donation. It was very inspiring,” said Kern.

The weekend, which included the annual Community Selichot service, featured the singing and storytelling of Rabbi Cantor Mark Novak and his wife, storyteller Renee Brachfield.

“The weekend itself was incredibly uplifting,” said Temple Beth Shalom Rabbi Gerald Fox. “The stories and music and the way they were woven together were just incredible. People were moved, many to tears, during the performances. That’s a gift—to give people a place to go in their minds, to take them out of themselves to a higher place, for the holidays.”

The small Brigantine sanctuary had a full house for the Community Selichot Service on Saturday night, with about 80 community and clergy members from throughout the area in attendance, noted Kern. “It was just joyous to see all these people in the community here,” he added. “Seeing all the people here, and all the clergy standing on the bima in unity, reminded me of landing in Israel for the first time and knowing you were home. It made me feel good about the entire Jewish Community in Atlantic County.”

“Many people gave their time and effort to make the weekend come together,” Kern continued, “and I think everyone at our synagogue would agree that it was well worth it.” .

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