Congregation Beth Israel of Media established an annual festival to honor the memory and life of ELIANA ANDERSEN, daughter of Kathy Silberman Andersen and Dan Andersen, sister of Molly, and granddaughter of the late Ruth and Alexander Silberman. Ellie, a beloved fifth grader in our Hebrew School, died on July 25, 2003 after a courageous battle with a brain tumor.
Ellie loved school, her friends and family, and celebrations of all kinds. By combining Ellie’s loves in a festival of the arts, we give our children (and adults) a joyous event to look forward to each year, as well as reflect the Jewish tradition of “hiddur mitzvah,” enhancing community by creating beauty and art.
Congregation Beth Israel is honored to have been entrusted with a Holocaust Torah Scroll by the Memorial Scrolls Trust in Westminster England. The scroll itself is from the town of Prostejov in Czechoslovakia. We have engaged Rabbi and Sofer Kevin Hale to restore the scroll and we are planning a yearlong series of activities to give this scroll a home in our community.