Over 50 people attended the Jewish Federation of NEPA’s annual Pocono UJA dinner at Temple Israel of the Poconos in Stroudsburg Pennsylvania on Sunday, September 15, 2019. Steve Arnovitz and his team from Colfax Enterprises Catering didn’t disappoint with a delicious three-course buffet dinner.
The program opened with welcoming remarks from Bernie Driller, a representative of Temple Israel and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Federation. Newly elected president, Esther Adelman, spoke about the role of the Federation, some upcoming programs, and good wishes for the new Jewish year.
Dassy Ganz, assistant to executive director, Mark Silverberg, introduced the guest speaker, Rabbi Cary Friedman. Rabbi Friedman regaled the enthralled audience with the story of how he came to develop and institute the course of study for the FBI and, in fact, law enforcement throughout the United States, which deals with the role of spirituality in a high-stress profession known to drain its members of their spirituality. With a mix of fascinating and often funny anecdotes, as well as statistics and hard news, Rabbi Friedman had the audience riveted and invested in his remarks.
Rabbi Jonathan Bickhardt of the Jewish Fellowship of Hemlock Farms spoke briefly to encourage everyone to attend the Federation’s next event in Scranton “An Evening with Comedian Avi Liberman,” on November 2, 2019.
Eric Weinberg, this year’s UJA co-chair, with his wife Angela, closed the evening, eloquently stating the case for his participation in Jewish causes and asking everyone to do the same during our fundraising season.