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Chabad of West Orange to Host Annual Dinner and Concert

(Courtesy of Chabad of West Orange) Chabad will honor four wonderful couples at its annual dinner: Shirley and Phil Levitan, Marsha and Marvin Frank, Dell and Tuvia Sahl and Sheina and Reuven Hererra.

Since moving to West Orange from Livingston, New Jersey, in 2011, Phil and Shirley Levitan have strongly supported the growth of Chabad. In Livingston, they were very active members of The Synagogue of the Suburban Torah Center, and as new residents they didn’t hesitate to continue their legacy of communal leadership. Shirley has served on the CWO Board—in fact, both Phil and Shirley have been instrumental in contributing to the continual success Chabad of West Orange has enjoyed over the last seven years. The Levitans feel it’s important to share with others their passion and appreciation that CWO is a place of warmth and joy…a place they have grown to love.

Marvin and Marsha Frank are being honored for their longtime support of Chabad of West Orange and are being especially recognized for the strong commitment they made to help purchase and move into the new building in 2015. They are being honored with the Chabad Tomorrow Award, distinguishing the Franks as visionaries who understand the importance of helping CWO secure a strong future. The Frank’s gift is an enduring part of the foundation that ensures that CWO will be a successful institution for many years to come.

Tuvia and Dell Sahl are long-term members of CWO. In 2005, Tuvia became the first-ever president of CWO during a legendary first board meeting that took place on the Sahls’ back porch. Many conversations have occurred since then, paving the road of progress—from the kiddush menu to Chabad’s dream of purchasing a shul of its own—and the Sahls have been there every step of the way.

Reuven and Sheina Hererra are the new kids on the block, but are very active and visible in the community. Sheina assists women with care and devotion in her important role of West Orange Mikvah attendant. She is passionate about her work with children with special needs at the Friendship Circle and in her spare time she enhances joyous events with decorative hand-carved fruit platters. Reuven matches Sheina with his unbridled energy. He works full time as a kosher supervisor at Jerusalem Restaurant in Livingston. He also volunteers on the overnight shift as an EMT for the Verona first aid squad. Every Friday he checks the eruv in West Orange, making sure it’s 100 percent kosher so the community can use it on Shabbos. Reuven serves as gabbai sheni for CWO and volunteers wherever he can lend a helping hand. Reuven and Sheina have two beautiful children, Sholom Nissin and Elisheva.

The dinner will feature a concert performance by Jewish singer/songwriter Tali Yess.

Tali is a Jewish recording artist strongly influenced by Jewish artists such Abie Rotenberg, Destiny and his father’s favorites. While studying music as university student, he developed a strong attraction to soul-wrenching niggunim, specifically those without words. The very emotional nature of these classic Chasidic melodies allows one to really connect with the tunes at a deep level. Through singing and performing niggunim, one can externally express the way they are experiencing the melodies internally. Tali’s musical repertoire is vast, spanning across generations of both Jewish and American compositions.

Join them on Thursday, June 21, for a special evening in support of Chabad of West Orange.

To make reservations or to place an ad in the dinner journal, visit www.chabadwestorange.com/dinner, call 973-325-6311 or email [email protected]. Cost is $180 per person.

The dinner and concert will take place at the Chabad, 401 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ 07052.

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