Shabbat Services help dedication of Temple B’Nai Israel
— 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.
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.