Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Pine Brook Jewish Center Celebrates 120th Anniversary


A graduate of Rutgers University, Barry Grummer has spent almost 15 years as president of the construction firm K Restoration and Roofing Corp., based out of New York City. Barry Grummer maintains membership with several professional groups and organizations, including the Pine Brook Jewish Center (PBJC).

Founded in 1896 and located in Montville, New Jersey, PBJC originally held religious services in local farmhouses. Over the years it erected buildings, as needed, to serve its growing number of constituents. The center, which is the oldest synagogue in Morris County, now greets a congregation of more than 500 adults and several hundred children.

PBJC began when a group of Orthodox farmers formed Chevra Agudas Achim Anshy, which was the first synagogue in the county. Jewish people find significance in “living to 120,” as this was Moses’ life span. To celebrate its 120th anniversary, PBJC held a gala on May 14, 2016, that included dancing, dinner, a raffle, and a silent auction. The raffle had a limit of 300 tickets, and the total cash prizes were more than $15,000. Dinner featured a buffet and cash bar, and was accompanied by a six-piece band.

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