Temple Sinai celebrated its 150th birthday on March 7, 2020, with a Roaring Twenties Gala presented by the Goldring Family Foundation. The Patron Party took place at the home of Joan and Julian Feibelman. Julian is the son of Rabbi Julian Feibelman, Temple Sinai’s senior rabbi from 1936-1967. Galatoire’s and Ruth’s Chris Steak House donated hors d’oeuvres. Cantor Joel Colman and Dr. Marcus St. Julien performed show tunes.
The gala featured a red carpet entrance with gold draped in the foyer, reminiscent of 1920s glamour. Tables adorned with tall glass centerpieces filled with feathers, pearls, red roses and carnations, coupled with amber uplighting, evoked a club atmosphere.
Master of Ceremonies David Bernard took on the persona of Jay Gatsby for the occasion. Janie Glade served as Event Chair.
Jay Gatsby’s favorite drink, the peach bellini, was passed around in champagne glasses throughout the evening. Meryl Zimmerman performed live jazz and 1920s swing music, accompanied by professional 1920s dancing by Dance Quarter.
A video presentation featured all living past presidents speaking about their poignant memories. The clergy, as well as Herbert Barton, Executive Director Emeritus, were also featured.
An auction featured 38 prizes, offering highlights such as a Saba breakfast for eight guests served at home and home stays in Florida and in Colorado for skiing. A raffle featured two prizes: a French Baroque freshwater pearl 54-inch necklace donated by Hope Meyer Jewelry, won by Sue Barton, and an 18 karat white gold and diamond ring donated by Friend & Company, won by Josh Danzig.
All proceeds supported the operations of Congregation Temple Sinai. Temple Sinai, the oldest Reform Jewish synagogue in Louisiana, provides regular worship, social and civic engagement and education for children and adults to more than 500 families. Approximately 175 guests were in attendance.
➺ Event at a Glance
What: “Temple Sinai 150th Celebration,” benefiting the Temple Sinai Congregation
When: Saturday, March 7
Where: Home of Joan and Julian Feibelman