Temple Community Celebration: An Overwhelming Success

Temple partners gathered in the Social Hall on Saturday, May 7th for the temple’s annual fundraising celebration.  This year’s theme of Serving Our Community was exemplified by our honorees, Sandy and Burt Masnick, and Harriet and Norman Copel whose devotion and dedication to service on behalf of Temple Beth El set a standard for us all.  Special Recognition went to restauranteurs Kelley and Nino Antuzzi for their commitment over the years to feeding those in need in our greater Huntington area.

TCC Co-Chair Karen Bernstein served as emcee and kept the evening’s program moving along.  After a beautiful prayer led by Cantor Alison and welcoming remarks and a blessing by Rabbi Jeff,  Karen kicked things off with our first of five raffles.  Sue Seiler introduced a video by Kelley and Nino Antuzzi, who were busy that Saturday night manning their restaurants and couldn’t attend in person.  Jan Singer lauded Harriet and Norm Copel, and Jen Gillet spoke lovingly about her Aunt Sandy and Uncle Burt Masnick.  The entire presentation ceremony was live-streamed on the special TCC YouTube channel and can be found on the TCC website available now to those who missed it on May7th or who want to relive that exciting event again.

“The evening was a huge success in every way,” exclaimed TCC Co-Chair Patricia Kresner.  “Seeing our temple friends in person after the long pandemic shut down was wonderful.  I must commend the event committee for the beautiful room set-up and decorations.  The food was a delight, Northport Deli really went all out on our behalf.  Our own temple partners pitched in to provide a dazzling array of cookies for dessert.”

The Temple Community Celebration is TBE’s annual philanthropic event.  This year we raised in excess of $100,000, thanks in no small part to our generous sponsors.  In addition to donations to the Scroll of Honor, money was raised through the sale of raffle tickets and business listings.  Please consider patronizing those business that support our temple; they can be found on the TCC website.  Our beautiful Scroll of Honor, documenting all who donated to the event, is being readied for permanent display.  You can view the heartfelt tribute messages from those who donated featured on the TCC website.

Proceeds from the TCC are earmarked for the temple’s annual operating budget and will help cover costs associated with running and maintaining the building, supporting the Religious School, and other budget lines.

An event such as this could not have happened without the work of many dedicated and selfless individuals.  Co-Chairs Karen Bernstein and Patricia Kresner wish to acknowledge and thank all who contributed to the TCC’s resounding success.