Members of Congregation Beth Israel and friends within the community are invited to honor Rabbi George Nudel on the occasion of his thirtieth anniversary as spiritual leader of the Scotch Plains synagogue on Friday evening, May 10. 

The anniversary celebration, which is free and open to the community, will take place during Congregation Beth Israel’s traditional Friday evening Shabbat service, which begins at 7:30 p.m.  Special presentations to Rabbi Nudell will be made, and the synagogue’s choir will sing in his honor. 

Following the service, all attendees are invited to an elegant dessert reception, catered by Deli King of Clark.

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George Nudell has been the rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel since 1982.  A native of Minneapolis, Rabbi Nudell began his career teaching Hebrew and Bible at the Minneapolis Talmud Torah in 1973, before moving to New York four years later to study at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He is a graduate of the College of Education of the University of Minnesota and received a Master’s Degree in Rabbinics and rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1982. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Seminary in 2007, in gratitude for his years of religious leadership in Conservative Judaism and devotion to the Jewish people.  In 2009 he received the Keter Torah Rabbinical Leadership Award, the most prestigious rabbinical award from the New Jersey Region of United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.

Throughout his tenure at Congregation Beth Israel, Rabbi Nudell has worked closely with Israel Bonds and the Jewish National Fund.  He is co-author of numerous Jewish Family Education programs. While a student at the Seminary, Rabbi Nudell wrote a history of the Law Committee of the Rabbinical Assembly, There Ought to be a Clearing-house.

A member of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Ministerial Association for 30 years, Rabbi Nudell has served as treasurer and president of the group, helping organize its annual CROP Hunger Walk as well as interfaith services for Thanksgiving and Yom HaShoah. He and his wife, Dr. Linda Casson (a.k.a. Liba), were founding members of the New Jersey chapter of the Spina Bifida Association.  Rabbi Nudell served on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Specialized Hospital and as an ethics advisor to the Infant Care Review Committee of Overlook Hospital. He also counsels and advises men facing prostate cancer treatment.

George and Liba Nudell reside in Scotch Plains and have three adult children, Elazar, Yoav, and Talia.

“Rabbi Nudell has not only presided over the life cycle events of several generations of our synagogue family, but he continues to be a remarkable teacher who imparts his considerable knowledge in a warm, comfortable and meaningful manner,” said David Littman, President of Congregation Beth Israel. “We are most fortunate to have enjoyed his leadership for 30 years and are thrilled to celebrate this great milestone with him."

Congregation Beth Israel is an egalitarian Conservative synagogue, serving the religious, cultural, educational and social needs of congregants from Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Westfield and surrounding towns.  Congregation Beth Israel is located at 18 Shalom Way, Scotch Plains, New Jersey  (corner of Martine Avenue). 

For more information or to R.S.V.P., contact the synagogue office at (908) 889-1830. Event sponsorships, in honor of Rabbi Nudell, are available.  To make a donation, contact Congregation Beth Israel.