On November 5, Bris Avrohom celebrated its 44th annual dinner and 36th gala wedding, when eight couples, from 35 to 73 years old, renewed their wedding vows under a chuppah.
The couples were joined by their families — parents, grandparents, children, and grandchildren. Each couple received gifts, including a kiddush cup, candlesticks, and a siddur, chumash, Tehillim and a Tanya, all with Russian translations. Candles were lit by people with ties to the IDF to commemorate the sheloshim of the massacre in Israel.
The guest of honor, Eduard Slinin, has supported Bris Avrohom for more than 25 years. He has dedicated a sefer Torah to the BA shul and a room at Cheder Yaldei Menachem. Yanky and Chaya Bennish, the Young Leadership awardees, were honored for their support of Bris Avrohom’s institutions and activities.
Kenneth Sagrestano, the general manager of the George Washington Bridge and Bus Station at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, earned the Community Service award for placing five menorahs at locations under his jurisdiction. Throughout Chanukah, more than one million people are able to see the Chanukah menorah lights with his assistance.
Bris Avrohom is preparing for the eight days of Chanukah and plans to light 140 menorahs for the benefit of more than 28 million viewers. For information on its activities, call (908) 289-0770.