- by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com Published 12:18am
CALDWELL, NJ - On June 9, Congregation Agudath Israel, in Caldwell, dedicated a new Torah scroll which was donated by long-time members Nat and Bea Taubenfeld, in memory of their late son David.
David Taubenfeld grew up in Caldwell and died in 2005 of a brain tumor at the age of 38. Taubenfeld left behind his wife Felicia and two children, Gabrielle and Gordon. According to friends, he was known for his warm spirit and tremendous acts of loving-kindness during his lifetime.
“David Taubenfeld grew up in Caldwell as did his mother, Bea.
He was a product of each stage of the Caldwell school system and of all aspects of Congregation Agudath Israel," commented
the congregation's religious leader, Rabbi Alan Silverstein, PhD.
"The blessed memory of David’s outstanding personal qualities
is a tribute to the synagogue and to the civic community.
May David’s name remain as a source of inspiration to us all.”
To commission the handwritten scroll, over 200 congregation members and Taubenfeld family and friends donated over $200,000, as a tribute to David and in support of the synagogue.
Although it differs from one community to the next, the dedication of a new Torah is traditionally celebrated in the same manner as the biblical account of King David welcoming the Holy Ark into his capital.
Once at the synagogue, a special celebratory ceremony took place in the sanctuary which featured recollections of David’s lifetime and musical performances by the congregation's choirs.