350 people celebrated at the 25th anniversary dinner of Congregation B’nai Avraham of Brooklyn Heights, directed by Rabbi Aaron L. and Shternie Raskin, in New York City.
The sky was bright and sunny at six pm as the more than 350 guests arrived to the Museum of Jewish Heritage on the tip of lower Manhattan for Congregation B’nai Avraham’s 25th Anniversary dinner.
Outside: panoramic windows yielded breathtaking views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Hudson River, and beyond, the Jersey skyline; inside, the mood was electrifying. First the crowd hit the open bar; they began to feast on sushi and lamb, charcuterie and a mouth-watering display of side dishes and fruits while the sky delivered an amazing sunset.
By eight o’clock it was time to file downstairs to the auditorium for the more official part of the evening, but already some were wont to remark that the mood had escalated to a kind of spiritual high at seeing so many people at so joyous an occasion.
The M.C. of the evening, the Honorable Steve Cohen, started it all off by introducing President Stephen Rosen to address the audience. Rabbi Aaron L. Raskin, spiritual leader of CBA, came next with a Dvar Torah.
Then came the Honor Roll, with CBA honoring Mrs. Yetta Rosen, Dr. Bertrand Agus, MD, Mr. Gary Gottlieb, Mr. and Mrs. Adam and Sita Hess and Pery D. Krinsky, Esq. for all the wonderful work they do in helping keep Judaism alive in Downtown Brooklyn. Without their assistance and support CBA’s exciting programs and institutions such as Gan Menachem Kiddie Korner, Heights Seniors Kluger Klub, Heights Hebrew School and all the learning classes and programs would not be the same.
Despite the loveliness of the setting, the warmth of the candlelit room, a keen, unspoken longing was felt by all for a change of locale: May the next year’s Annual Dinner be held, not on the edge of the Hudson. but in the City of Jerusalem, with the coming of Moshiach. May he not tarry!