Sim Shalom Service honoring Rabbi Emeritus Fred Pomerantz

On Friday, October 12, at 7:30 pm, Temple Beth El will honor Rabbi Fredric Pomerantz for 50 years in the Rabbinate!

Join us as we celebrate Shabbat on October 12, 2018 at 7:30PM with the original sim shalom service, when we mark Rabbi Pomerantz’ 50th anniversary as a Rabbi. A Testimonial Journal will be created, with messages of thanks and respect from our community.

Click HERE for the advertising form.  Ad purchases must be received by October 8, 2018 to be included in the journal.

PHOTOS NEEDED – Please look through your old photos and send us any images of lifecycle events with Rabbi Pomerantz, so that we can include them in the journal. You do not need to purchase an ad to provide a single photo.  If you have more than one photo, please purchase either a half page or full page ad.  Please email with a link to your image file and a caption (names, dates, simcha) – or call 201-768-5112 for further instructions. Please send all photos by October 8 at the latest.

Rabbi Pomerantz served as Rabbi for Temple Beth El for over thirty years, from 1973 to 2004.

Join us for a special Sim Shalom service, which is Rabbi Fred’s signature worship service experience that incorporates jazz, traditional melodies and reflective meditations. This service has been performed professionally throughout the United States, but it all started at Temple Beth El years ago.

Fifty years ago, Rabbi Fred Pomerantz created a new Shabbat service that brought contemporary music to the traditional Jewish prayers used in worship. It was 1968, and the country seemed aflame in change. Jewish youth and younger families seemed unconnected to the formal hymn-like music that Temples had been using for fifty years. Sim Shalom, an experiment in Jewish music and meditation, utilized folk, rock, and jazz, to reconnect Jews to the ancient liturgy. Prayers and meditations not in the prayerbook were added to the service. Sim shalom allowed many moderns to reconnect to Shabbat worship, after having felt alienated from the older practices.

Rabbi Pomerantz traveled with singers and instrumentalists to Reform Synagogues in all parts of the country allowing both young and older congregants to celebrate the Sabbath with new heart and new spirit. For his work on Sim Shalom, and other such services, The Central Conference of American Rabbis invited Rabbi Pomerantz to join the seven person Liturgy Committee, which wrote, Gates of Prayer, Gates of Repentance, and Gates of the House, used by over a million Reform Jews for 40 years.