Temple Sinai of Newington will pay tribute to Rabbi Jeffrey Bennett for his 25 years of service to the Newington congregation on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. at the synagogue.
The evening, hosted by NBC Connecticut’s weekday morning news anchor Brad Drazen, will also include a Havdalah service, refreshments, and music by singer/songwriter Peri Smilow, co-creator of the Freedom Music Project, which brings together Jewish and African-American singers who perform music of the Passover tradition and the Civil Rights Movement.
“We’re delighted to honor Rabbi Bennett for his spirited, dynamic and energetic leadership over the past 25 years,” said Temple Sinai President Carol Benjamin. “Under Rabbi Bennett’s guidance, Temple Sinai has grown and flourished as a vibrant, welcoming, inclusive congregation. He is known for bringing a historical and educational perspective to our services and temple events while nurturing our spiritual growth – all with warmth, wit and good cheer.
“The Rabbi is an inspiring teacher, and we’re fortunate that so many of our children have been introduced to the Jewish faith through his caring instruction over the years,” she said.
Bennett holds a Bachelors degree from Rutgers University and Masters and Doctoral degrees from Hebrew Union College in New York. He resides with his wife Debra in West Hartford.
For information on the Nov. 3 tribute evening call (860) 561-1055.