On Sat., Aug. 20 over 100 congregants of the Congregation Agudath Achim in Bradley Beach took time after services to honor the borough’s police department.
Chief Leonard Guida, Lt. Ed Scott and a number of other officers represented the department while Mayor Gary Engelstad and Borough Councilmen Harold Cotler and Norman Goldfarb, a longtime police officer, represented the council.
Cotler read a prepared message to the police department stressing the fact that officers put their own safety on the line everyday.
Rabbit Kelman recited a special blessing for the state and police.
Children from the synagogue made cards, giving them to the officers.
According to a release from the synagogue, Chief Guida pointed out that in his many years of service to Bradley Beach, this stood out as a unique event to honor the police officers who protect the community 24/7.
Councilman Goldfarb, on behalf of the council, also expressed his appreciation to law enforcement.
The ceremony was followed by a special Chulent Cook-off, a traditional Jewish delicacy, with Mayor Engelstad, Chief Guida, and Councilman Goldfarb serving as judges.
The release also stated that a musical, “Kabbalat Shabbat at the Beach” will be performed Fri., Sept. 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the 5th Avenue Gazebo. It will be followed by Kiddush and refreshments. All are welcome to attend.
The public is also invited to the musical Havdalah on Sat., Sept. 3 at 8:20 p.m. at the Gazebo.