It was standing room only at the June 24 surprise celebratory kiddush lunch that followed Shabbat services as Temple Beth O’r Beth Torah of Clark honored its spiritual leader, Rabbi Steven Stern.
“We honored our rabbi for his past and continuing service to our community,” Fern Cammy, the shul’s co-president with Jonathan Phillips, said. “He combines exceptional, dynamic leadership with great empathy, and is much beloved by everyone.”
Rabbi Stern went to Beth O’r Beth Torah as its cantor in 1994. He was introduced to chazzanut as a member of the legendary Cantor Moshe Koussevitzky of Brooklyn’s choir. His first professional position was on Cape Cod, where he led High Holiday services at the Sea Crest Hotel for years. In Clark, he took on many roles, including training b’nai mitzvah, establishing a choir, and directing the Hebrew school. He’s also an ordained rabbi, and he became the shul’s spiritual leader in 2007.
“It is the greatest privilege to serve and be involved in all aspects of synagogue life,” Rabbi Stern said. “TBOBT is not only a community but is also a family. I am deeply touched by this honor and grateful for the warmth and dedication of its members.”
Along with the surprise kiddush for him catered by Deli King of Clark, Rabbi Stern received a plaque from the congregation, a kiddush cup from its sisterhood, and a gift certificate to his favorite local cycle shop –he’s also an avid cyclist who trains regularly.
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