Jay L. Kooper was elected as the 30th president of Livingston’s Temple B’nai Abraham. He will serve a two-year term.
“We live in challenging times,” Mr. Kooper said as he addressed the congregation at the annual meeting where he was elected. As president, his goal is to “both grow and prepare the temple for the post-covid 19 era, so that it remains both a strong and sustainable institution for generations to come,” he said. Temple B’nai Abraham was founded in 1853 in Newark and has been in Livingston for 50 years.
Mr. Kooper and his wife, Jessica, have lived in Livingston for 20 years; they joined the congregation shortly after moving to the community. Mr. Kooper has been on the TBA board of trustees since 2016 and has been vice president of the board and co-chair of the buildings and grounds committee.
Mr. Kooper is vice president, general counsel, and secretary of Middlesex Water Company and is on the board of the National Association of Water Companies and the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Public Utility Law Section, which he chaired. He’s also on the board of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation’s New Jersey chapter.
Jay and Jessica Kooper have two sons, Jordan and Ethan, who are alumni of TBA’s Early School, its Summer Camp, and its Jewish Learning Program, and celebrated becoming b’nai mitzvah at TBA.