Religions and Spirituality

Synagogue to Greet New Spiritual Leader

July 28, 2014 at 9:58 AM

SUMMIT, NJ - After a year-long search process, Congregation Beth Hatikvah (CBH) in Summit is set to welcome its new rabbi August 1.   Rabbi Hannah Orden, who has served a congregation in New Hampshire for the past six years, will move to Summit with her husband, Don, a social worker.

Rabbi Orden is a former teacher, actor, and writer who came to the rabbinate as a second career.  She was ordained by Hebrew College in 2010.   Describing herself as a life-long seeker who grew up in a secular Jewish household, she said she has since been, “on a lifelong journey to reconnect with Judaism and discover what still matters in our traditions.  We’re all searching for meaning and connection.”

Congregation Beth Hatikvah hired Rabbi Orden after an intense process to reach consensus on the congregation’s priorities, and then recruit and select a candidate that fit the profile.   The most important criterion, according to the search committee’s co-chair, Elly Silberman of Summit, was the genuine warmth and people skills that would help the congregation cement its community.   “This is my passion,” Rabbi Orden affirmed, “To build communities where people can make connections with each other, with Torah, and with the divine spark in each of us and in the world.”  

Sign Up for E-News

 “Hannah brings a gentleness of spirit and a real interest in each individual that she comes into contact with,” Silberman said.   Search Committee co-chair Amy Klein of Chatham pointed to Orden’s energy, sense of joy, and creativity.  “She’ll bring new ideas and vitality,” Klein said.

During the 18 months that CBH was without a full-time rabbi, the synagogue continued its religious, educational, and communal services with the help of an interim rabbi and stepped-up volunteer efforts of its membership.  Congregation president Dan Kiselik of Millburn described the transitional period as. “A remarkable unifying opportunity for us.   I’ve been inspired by the unprecedented level of across-the-board involvement and commitment of our members.”

Congregation Beth Hatikvah has planned “A Weekend of Firsts” to welcome Rabbi Orden, including a special Music Shabbat for her first Friday evening service August 1 at 7:30 p.m.   Andy Kaplan, the congregation’s music director and a resident of Summit, describes the monthly music Shabbats as a signature feature of the synagogue, the only Reconstructionist Jewish congregation in a 15 mile radius.   Guests are invited to join CBH members at the synagogue, located at 36 Chatham Road, to welcome the Ordens.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Summit

January Update

January 19, 2017

Dear Summit Neighbor,

I hope you are having a wonderful start to the New Year. With 2017 in full swing, I wanted to take this opportunity to provide a progress update on some activities in town. 

1. The Winter Farmer’s Market has arrived. Held at Calvary Church every Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., there is a great selection of fresh produce and locally prepared ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_48d23eb86351e2d19b2e_1cc0c318b3b034e1e033_winter_storytime

Fri, January 20, 10:00 AM

Summit Free Public Library, Summit

Storytime

Community Calendar Education

Fri, January 20, 11:30 AM

SAGE Eldercare, Summit

Fun-to-be-Fit Exercise Class

Community Calendar

Carousel_image_a88a67d7c51fc2b1361c_2b4f9e1efe9242037202_bridge

Fri, January 20, 12:00 PM

Summit YMCA, Summit

Duplicate Bridge at the Y

Arts & Entertainment Community Calendar

Summit Fire Department Blotter

Dec. 1, 2016 0233 - Units responded to a motor vehicle accident with injuries and an overturned vehicle with possible extrication. Incident located at mm 10 Route 24, West.  Springfield and Millburn FD also on scene.  Summit provided a safety block, and for scene safety and assisted with securing vehicles.  

Dec. 5, 2016 at 12:25 - Units dispatched to a PARK AVE apartment for a ...

Summit Police Blotter

January 9, 2017

12/24 - Nelson Collazo-Moreno, 25, of Summit was arrested for driving while intoxicated. Mr. Moreno was released with a pending court date.

01/01 - At 1323 hours a report was taken for a theft from a Springfield Avenue apartment complex. The maroon colored “Exit” sign had been removed sometime between 1800 hours on 12/31/16 and 1300 hours on 01/01/17. The approximate value of ...

Christine Murphy Welcomed as Newest Sales Associate at Lois Schneider Realtor

January 19, 2017

Lois Schneider Realtor’s top producing sales team welcomes Christine Murphy, our newest sales associate. Christine started with Lois Schneider Realtor in 2013 as a licensed sales assistant to one of the company’s top producing teams. She and her husband have been residents of Summit since 2001 with their three children, all of whom attend or have graduated from Summit Public Schools.

Video: Point View's Dietze Tabs Pharma, Energy, and Consumer Product Stocks Among Top Picks

Point View Wealth Management's Founder, President and Chief Investment Strategist, David Dietze, discusses his top picks in the wake of the Trump election:

bnn.ca

Point View Wealth Management, Inc. works with families in Summit and beyond, providing customized portfolio management services and comprehensive financial planning, to develop and achieve their financial ...

Closed Fund Open Mind

Closed-end funds (CEFs) can play an important role in a diversified investment portfolio. They offer benefits similar to those of an open-end mutual fund, but also sport unique advantages.  

Unlike a traditional open-end mutual fund, CEFs have a fixed number of shares available to trade. Their price is not tied to the value of the underlying portfolio. The only way the number of shares ...

Raising The 'Bar' When Celebrating Life's Milestone Moments

The renovation of the event space at the historic Grand Summit Hotel in Summit was directly aimed at creating a lighter, brighter, more welcoming space that would promote a party atmosphere inherent to the wedding and Bar / Bat Mitzvah and wedding celebration. The results have been embraced by the Hotel's very loyal clientele, as indicated by the strong repeat activity in the large social ...

Man vs. Waze

A lot of strange cars are traveling through my quiet neighborhood these days.  They are not driven by my neighbors.  Some mornings I even have trouble getting out of my driveway.  

Waze.

Ever since bridge repair closed a major thoroughfare near my house, the traffic on my sleepy street has increased dramatically.  And it is not by accident that commuters have figured out ...