Riva Silverman of Norwalk will be honored at “A Toast to Riva,” the gala benefit of Congregation Beth El to be held on Saturday night, March 5 at the Norwalk synagogue. The evening will be highlighted by a concert by recording artist Cantor Deborah Katchko Gray who will perform an “American Jewish Songbook.”
“It’s an honor to recognize Riva and pay tribute to Riva’s many hours of service to our congregation,” says Rabbi Ron Fish, Beth El’s spiritual leader. Silverman joined Beth El in 1988 after moving to Norwalk. In 2001, she became only the third woman in the synagogue’s 75-year history to serve as president. She also served as a Beth El board member and was chairperson of the Rabbi Search Committee, which brought Fish to the synagogue in 2001.
Professionaly, Silverman is director of development for the American Jewish World Service (AJWS). Before joining AJWS in 2005, she served as president of the Masorti Foundation for Conservative Judaism in Israel and as the New York director of the New Israel Fund. Previously, she served as program director at the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights and served as a community worker in Jewish-Arab co-existence in Israel. A graduate of Columbia University, Silverman holds a Master’s degree in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a Bachelor’s degree. in Talmud studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. She is married to Norwalk attorney Abram Heisler. They have three children.
Congregation Beth El is located at 109 East Avenue, near the Norwalk Green.
The evening will begin at 7:15 p.m. with havdalah and a special pre-concert reception for sponsors. The concert will begin at 8:45 pm, followed by a lavish dessert buffet and a raffle drawing.
Tickets to the concert and dessert buffet reception are $75 per person. For sponsorship prices or other information visit www.congbethel.org or call (203) 838-2710.