A gala celebrating the 21st anniversary of the Rockaway Township-based Chabad Center of Northwest New Jersey will take place on Nov. 18 at the Crystal Plaza in Livingston.
Marty Statfeld, executive vice president of Brown and Brown Metro Inc., and Rabbi Asher and Sarah Herson, regional directors of the Chabad Center, will be honored at the event. The theme of the dinner, which begins 6 p.m., is “Turning Dreams into Reality.”
“When we began our endeavors, almost 21 years ago, we could not have imagined the impact our institution would have on others or on ourselves,” Asher Herson said. “Somehow, with God’s help, we were able to establish our primary institution, three satellite centers in different corners of northwest New Jersey and a newly constructed state of the art educational center, which just recently opened.
“The success we have seen is only a result of the selfless efforts of individuals who put our educational and charitable activities at the forefront of their busy lives,” he said.
Established in 1988 by a small group of volunteers, the Chabad Center has grown into a multifaceted network of social, religious and charitable programs through five community centers in Morris, Sussex and Warren counties. Its central office is at 1 Torah Way in Rockaway Township.
Its new educational center, the first of its kind in northwest New Jersey, will serve children and adults of all ages.
Although the center’s framework is deeply rooted in Jewish tradition, it conducts many nonsectarian programs in conjunction with local school districts, hospitals, police departments and municipalities.
For information, visit the center’s Web site at www.onetorahway.org or call (973) 625-1525, ext. 202.