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The Gavel is Passed…Temple B’nai Abraham Welcomes New President

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Julie A. Silbermann, a Township of Livingston resident, has been elected President of Temple B’nai Abraham in Livingston. Mrs. Silbermann, the synagogue’s twenty-sixth president in its 160th year history, officially began her term of office on March 1. She succeeds Edward Meinhardt, also a resident of Livingston.

Prior to becoming president, Julie served as a B’nai Abraham Vice-President and held several vital temple leadership positions, including Board of Education Chair and PTA President.

Julie married into a “TBA” family, as her husband Max is a long-time, multi-generational B’nai Abraham member with family ties reaching back to Rabbi Joachim Prinz’s congregation in Berlin, where Max’s father and grandparents worshipped.   Elaborating on the depth of her connection and commitment to this congregation, Julie noted, “When Max and I moved to New Jersey from New York City, we drew a circle around the Temple and said that was where we would look for a house based on a car pool radius to the Temple.  Our children, Matthew and Karen went through B’nai Abraham early childhood education program, day camp, Primary School, Religious School and both became B’nai Mitzvah at our synagogue.”

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The 2013-2014 Officers who join Julie in leadership roles are Vice Presidents Bruce H. Greene, Randi Jeddis, Jeffrey Klein and Ginny Roth; Treasurer Jeffrey Kollin; Secretary Stacey Rosenberg; Assistant Treasurer Saul Berkowitz; Assistant Secretary Scott Loventhal and Immediate Past President Edward Meinhardt.

In addition to her various Temple B’nai Abraham responsibilities, Julie currently serves with distinction in the Initiative for Children’s Health Sub-Committee at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center, Dean’s Council at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center and the Northern NJ Cabinet Member for the Campaign for Bucknell University.  Previously held positions include The Pingry School Board of Trustees, The Pingry School Parents’ Association and President, Bucknell University Parents’ Board. Her husband Max Silbermann is also dynamic participant in synagogue activities and a temple committee chair as well as a community leader in the Livingston Soccer Club events.

In her speech to the congregation at its annual meeting, Julie spoke of her commitment to TBA’s past tenets and her vision for the future.  Julie remarked, “Our Temple is a busy place, full of educational opportunities, social events, children’s schools, family activities and spiritual happenings.  There is something for everyone and I encourage you to become active and attend our religious, educational, and social events regularly.  I know we all have TBA in our hearts and we all want the best for our Temple family.” She added, “I will do my best to serve effectively, always keeping our beautiful Temple, the congregants, and our best interests at hand.  Please know that I will always serve to the best of my ability and I will certainly serve very proudly every day.  Thank you again for this amazing opportunity.”


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