SUMMIT, NJ - In June of 2013, Congregation Ohr Shalom - Summit Jewish Community Center (COS-SJCC) joyfully dedicated its new sanctuary. Since then, the congregation has used a temporary ark -- the holy cabinet in which the Torah scrolls are stored -- and eternal light.
During the the program, the adult, children’s and toddler’s choirs sang. Cantor Roth sang an original song with its creator, congregant Andrew Hollander. She also sang an original amusing duet with Rabbi Friedman crafted for this special occasion. Richard Barron, the congregant who coordinated and oversaw both the fundraising and the construction of the new sanctuary over a period of ten years, spoke about the vision of the congregation and the joy they feel as the project reaches completion.
Rabbi Friedman concluded his address with a challenge to the congregation:
“Over the last few years, we have been blessed to transform and expand our physical plant. We now have this beautiful space. The question is what will we put in it? We’ve already started to fill it up with prayer, with study, with celebration, with acts of tzedakah, with comforting mourners and more. If we continue to fill this space with those kinds of sacred acts, then our community will be as beautiful as the Ark we dedicate today.”