Resolution J1145-2013

Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of Congregation Beth Elohim of Brooklyn, New York



  • Apr 17, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 10, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating  the 150th Anniversary of Congre-
gation Beth Elohim of Brooklyn, New York

WHEREAS, Religious institutions, and  the  many  spiritual,  social  and
educational  benefits  they confer, play a vital role in the development
of the moral fabric of a responsible citizenry; and
  WHEREAS, It is the tradition of New York State and our nation  to  pay
tribute  to  those  institutions and individuals who have contributed to
the ethical and spiritual values of their communities; and
  WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is  justly  proud  to  commemorate  the
150th  Anniversary of Congregation Beth Elohim of Brooklyn, New York, to
be celebrated with a 150th Anniversary Gala to be held  at  Stage  6  at
Steiner Studios in Brooklyn on Saturday, April 27, 2013; and
  WHEREAS,  Throughout  its  150-year  history, Congregation Beth Elohim
(CBE) has been among Brooklyn's  largest  and  most  influential  Jewish
congregations;  as the congregation evolved in the mid-19th century, its
members blended their German roots with their American identity, growing
and adapting their practice of Judaism and communal culture to the Amer-
ican context; and
  WHEREAS, Such were the challenges which shaped the  congregation  from
its  1861  founding in downtown Brooklyn, through its relocation to Park
Slope in 1909, to the challenges of constructing a second building,  the
Temple House, in 1929; and
  WHEREAS,  By  the  turn  of  the century, Congregation Beth Elohim had
become one of the leading synagogues in Brooklyn, distinguished  by  its
leaders, membership and programs; and
  WHEREAS,   Pioneering   modern  Jewish  education,  Congregation  Beth
Elohim's leadership was also at the forefront  of  improving  interfaith
relations, among other achievements; and
  WHEREAS, Through the 20th century to the present, the story of Congre-
gation  Beth Elohim exemplifies how immigrant Jews and their descendents
remained grounded in their traditions while becoming an integral  compo-
nent of the wider community; and
  WHEREAS, Congregation Beth Elohim stands on the threshold of tomorrow,
prepared  to  meet  the challenges of the coming decades while retaining
that spiritual resolve which characterizes its past; and
  WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body  to  take  note  of
enduring  religious  institutions  and to bring such institutions to the
attention of the people of this Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commemorate  the 150th Anniversary of Congregation Beth Elohim of Brook-
lyn, New York, to be celebrated with a 150th Anniversary Gala on  Satur-
day,  April  27,  2013; fully confident that this commemoration reflects
the belief in those values which enhance  the  dignity  and  purpose  of
life; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Congregation Beth Elohim of Brooklyn, New York.


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