Shab­bat Ser­vices help ded­i­ca­tion of Tem­ple B’Nai Is­rael

Sunday Star - - FRONT PAGE - By PAIGE MAL­LORY PASSMAN ppass­man@ches­pub.com

— The Eas­ton com­mu­nity joined Tem­ple B’Nai Is­rael on Fri­day, June 8, for Shab­bat ser­vices, part of the ded­i­ca­tion of its new tem­ple.

Tem­ple B’Nai Is­rael is a grow­ing Re­form con­gre­ga­tion with 220 mem­bers across the Mid-Shore, ac­cord­ing to Pete Arnold.

“It is over­whelm­ing,” said Rabbi Peter Hyman about the Shab­bat ser­vices. “When I came here ten years, there was of­fice for the rabbi, but ever since then, there has been a growth of the con­gre­ga­tion.”

Ac­cord­ing to Rabbi Hyman, his goal is to cre­ate a

con­gre­ga­tion that is for the gen­eral com­mu­nity, where they can em­brace the needs and the de­sire of the Jewish com­mu­nity.

“The sup­port and the ex­cite­ment of the com­mu­nity in gen­eral speaks vol­umes in the com­mu­nity in which we live in,” said Hyman. “They see strangers walk­ing by on the street, and re­ally have a sense of pride (that) ex­tends to the Jewish com­mu­nity.”

Ed Satell was the key­note speaker at the Shab­bat ser­vices. Satell is a busi­ness­man and en­tre­pre­neur who grad­u­ated from the Univer­sity of Con­necti­cut, and has been in the pub­lish­ing busi­ness for a very long time.

Ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease, Satell and his wife Cyna are mem­bers of and con­trib­u­tors to Tem­ple B’Nai Is­rael.

They chose to make a sig­nif­i­cant gift through the Satell Fam­ily Foun­da­tion to the tem­ple, so they can es­tab­lish the Satell Cen­ter for Jewish Life on the East­ern Shore, ac­cord­ing to Satell.

“I think it’s ex­cit­ing, be­cause giv­ing back is al­ways ex­cit­ing,” Satell said about hav­ing the Shab­bat ser­vices at Tem­ple B’Nai Is­rael. “We all stand on the shoul­ders of those who came be­fore us, so all of us have an obli­ga­tion to make things bet­ter in our com­mu­nity than we found them.”

Satell talked about a vi­sion that Rabbi Hyman had, and how the vi­sion is a dream for the tem­ple, and the peo­ple there. The Jewish com­mu­nity has a long tra­di­tion, and now they are ex­pand­ing on that tra­di­tion; the tem­ple will hold more peo­ple, do more com­mu­nity en­rich­ment, be an ed­u­ca­tion re­source, and be not only a re­spon­si­ble mem­ber of the com­mu­nity, but an en­larged mem­ber of the com­mu­nity.

“My big­gest in­ter­est is for the Satell Cen­ter for Jewish Life on the East­ern Shore to serve the com­mu­nity. My wife, Cyna, and I are part of this sy­n­a­gogue. It was a plea­sure for me to do some­thing more for Rabbi Peter Hyman, my ‘Rabbi for Life,’” Satell said.

PHOTO BY PAIGE MAL­LORY PASSMAN

The Eas­ton com­mu­nity came out on Fri­day, June 8 to look at the brand new sy­n­a­gogue at Tem­ple B’Nai Is­rael, and to at­tend Shab­bat Ser­vices.

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