Chabad of the Rivertowns
Celebrates 20th Anniversary Gala

By Stephen E. Lipken


Chabad of the Rivertowns celebrated their 20th anniversary on Sunday, April 30, 2023, at Biddle Mansion, Tarrytown House and Estate, highlighted by the completion of a Safer Torah by Sopher (scribe) Moishe Klein, commissioned by Heather and Ethan Bloom.  A Torah Parade followed, spilling out onto Chabad Rivertowns headquarters on 303 North Broadway, Dobbs Ferry.


Approximately 200 people attended, according to Rabbi Benjy Silverman.


A brunch was served, along with musical entertainment by the Dan Jordan Trio and song, “A Small Piece of Heaven,” rendered by David Ross.


Joel Ross, one of the founding members of Chabad of the Rivertowns said, “I was the first person to meet Rabbi Benjy and I introduced him to some of the people in my previous synagogue.  One thing led to another, and we developed a beautiful, thriving community…”  


Emcee Richard Lobel displayed a Special Proclamation from Westchester County Executive George Latimer.  Chabad presented the “Young Leadership Award” to Amanda and Benji Knafo; Paula Payson Wolosky received the “Woman of Valor Award.” 


“Paintman” Dale Henry crafted two acrylic paintings that were auctioned off to support Chabad student scholarships, “The Wolf and the Lamb,” plus a portrait of Lubavitcher Rabbi Menachem Schneerson; both were created “on the spot.”


“It is with immense gratitude and joy that we welcome you to the 20th-year celebration of Chabad of the Rivertowns,” Rabbi Benjy and Hinda Silverman stated.  “As we gather together to commemorate this milestone, we reflect on the incredible journey we’ve undertaken over the past two decades.  The theme for our celebration is ‘Growing Together,’ which aptly represents the core values that have guided us since our inception.


“As we celebrate this milestone together, we look forward to the future with optimism and determination.  With your continued support, we are confident that Chabad will be able to achieve even greater heights and touch the lives of many more individuals and families in the years to come.”