Recent Events at TBR

January, 2017 - Cafe Beth Rishon Cabaret

This year's Cafe Beth Rishon Cabaret night was resplendent with the amazing musical and dancing talent of a diverse cross-section of our TBR community members, our Cantorial intern and of course, our very own musical virtuoso Cantor Ilan Mamber!  The performances were varied from Broadway to opera to jazz to folk songs to good old rock and roll and more! The audience greatly enjoyed all of the amazing performances from evolving teen talent to the more seasoned musicians and dancers.  The snacks and desserts were devoured before the first act and during intermission by the appreciative crowd!  KUDOS to Cantor Ilan Mamber for having the vision to create this wonderful Cabaret evening and keep it going as an annual event!

A giant THANK YOU to everyone who helped to organize the event: the Concert & Publicity Committee (Ilan Mamber, Alyson Cohn & Kris Len), the Stage Manager (Gail Niederman), the sound engineers (Scott Fergang & David Schwartz), the lighting designers (Gail & Mark Niederman), the food committee (Alyson Cohn & Kris Len), the ticket takers (Carol Mamber, Cyrile Wilson & Judy Ackerman), the musical technician (Cathy Brennen), the photographers/videographers (David Edelson, Mark Niederman, Nita Goodgal) and all the members who contributed snacks for the hungry crowd!

Congratulations to all the talented participants: Mark Biddelman (Vocals, Guitar,) Gail Bindelglass (Vocals), Rick Cohen (Drums), Alyson Cohn (Vocals), Josh Fergang (Vocals), Olivia Fornasieri (Vocals), Richard Greenberg (Vocals), Summer Greenwald-Gonella (Vocals), Amy Shey Jacobs (Vocals), Mark Kantrowitz (Vocals, Guitar, Bass), Judy Kessler (Vocals, Piano), Jan Koch (Vocals), Barbra Lieberstein (Vocals), Ilan Mamber (Vocals, Guitar, Harp), Andrew Mester (Guitar), Jacob Niederman (Clarinet), Naomi Rogin (Vocals), Jean Martin (Choreographer), The Syncopated Seniors Tap Dancers (Dianne Daniele, Peg Gallagher, Carolyn Ganzer, Jean Martin, Phyllis Russell, Joan Spielman). 


January, 2017 - Game Night at TBR

A great time was had by all the players who attended our recent Game Night

Who knew there were so many card sharks at TBR as the Canasta players challenged each other!

Many seasoned Mah Jong players taught the newcomers how to play and from the smiles in the photos, it was a wonderful evening!



December, 2016 - Chanukah Fun Day

Our annual Chanukah Fun Day was filled with dreidels, latkes, games, entertainment and tikkun olam projects for our children, their parents and grandparents!

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped to make this day a great success!

November, 2016 - Happy Hour and 1/2 at Blue Moon Mexican Restaurant

October, 2016 - Annual Sukkah Hop


We all enjoyed visiting the sukkahs at two homes, the Canotr's and another congregant. Our visits were accompanied by the wonderful music of Cantors Ilan and Summer. The Rabbi instructed young and old how to "shake your lulav"! It was a beautiful morning of celebration with our congregation.


October, 2016 - Adult Bat Mitzvah Graduation & Service

During the morning service of Shabbat Chol Hamo’ed Sukkot, on Saturday, October 22, the Intermediate Sabbath of the Festival of Sukkot, Temple Beth Rishon in Wyckoff, NJ celebrated the B'not Mitzvah of its sixteenth adult Bat Mitzvah class. 

The class included Laura Ashkenazi, Sybil Duchin, Madeline Lakritz, and Michelle Nemiroff. The four women spent two years studying and exploring synagogue skills, Jewish liturgy and scripture, Hebrew, history, identity, values, and traditions under the direction of Cantor Ilan Mamber who coordinates this program. 

They learned Hebrew with the congregation’s long time Bar Mitzvah tutor, Judy Ackerman, attended Rabbi Emert’s educational modules, and coached in their speeches by the congregational rabbinical intern, Lois Ruderman. 

The adult students led a most moving Shabbat and Festival morning service at which they chanted all the scriptural passages from the Torah and Prophets, led most of the prayers, and delivered the most inspiring speeches about their recent two years of exploration of their identity and immersion in study. 

The seventeenth adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah class is now being planned. Men and women who are interested in participating in Temple Beth Rishon’s new adult Bar and Bat Mitzvah class are invited to contact Cantor Mamber.

March 2016- Purim Carnival

THANK YOU to all the people who helped make this year's Purim Carnival so successful: Jana, Gonen, Rabbi Emert, Kris, Nancy, Judy, Hillary, Tony, Victor, Denis, Jeff Polevoy, Judy and Bruce Ackerman, Scott Fergang, Dara Pasternack, Lin Korn, Lisa Liebman and everyone else who gave of their time to make this day such an amazing event. The room was filled with such laughter and upbeat energy you couldn't wipe the smiles from everyone's faces!