Summit, NJ: On January 23, 2010, nearly 150 members and guests of Congregation Beth Hatikvah gathered to honor two of the synagogue's founding members and longtime Jewish community leaders Bob and Shirley Max of Summit.

In 1994, the Maxes were part of a small local group seeking to create a new and comfortable spiritual home. They chose to affiliate with the burgeoning Reconstructionist movement because it was closely aligned with their goals for synagogue life.

Since then, Bob and Shirley Max have played an instrumental part in keeping the congregation growing, filling diverse volunteer roles from all forms of fundraising to coordinating continuing education, to the presidency.

In honor of their outstanding contribution to the growth of the synagogue, now in permanent residence in Summit, the Board of Trustees of Congregation Beth Hatikvah dedicated the lobby to them.

Bob and Shirley Max have served other organizations including the Jewish Historical Society of MetroWest, the Summit Free Public Library, and various other philanthropic organizations.

Congregation Beth Hatikvah is a warm, welcoming Jewish community serving members from Union, Essex, Morris and Somerset counties.