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

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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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