An extraordinary gift from long-time Temple Emanu-El member Marion Lavy, in memory of her late husband Dr. Norman Lavy, has enabled the purchase of the land and home immediately adjacent to Temple Emanu-El.
The Dr. Norman Lavy Community House has undergone major renovation which will enrich and enhance our community.
Dr. Norman Lavy was a devoted supporter of the Shabbat morning minyan and of Jewish study and scholarship, as well as a supporter of Jewish youth, and the use of the property reflects his lifelong commitments to these causes.
The Dr. Norman Lavy Community House is a permanent space for our Saturday morning minyan. It also provides an intimate space for Erev Shabbat dinners and programs, as well as Shabbat afternoon classes. We are fortunate to have a quiet, spiritual space that conveys the peace and essence of Shabbat for our community even when the main building is a hive of activity due to B’nai Mitzvah.
There is also be a dedicated Youth Lounge for our youth groups and space for educational programs and meetings.
The House is also the permanent home of our Aging in Place Initiative, which is part of our greater Lauren Danis Eldernet Project. Aging in Place is a joint initiative with The Westfield United Fund, The Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ, and Jewish Family Service of Central New Jersey, and will provide much needed advice and guidance to families and individuals confronting the challenges of aging – either themselves or their loved ones. The program is free and open to the entire community.
We thank Marion Lavy for her generous gift to Temple Emanu-El!