EAST GREENWICH – On Nov. 19, Temple Torat Yisrael held its second annual Monte Carlo night. The event was filled with music, food, and a lot of great energy from both congregation members and the community.
Indicative of how quickly Temple Torat Yisrael has become embedded in the broader community, local businesses and leaders donated more than $12,000 worth of merchandise to the silent auction. Highlights included $2,000 toward orthodontic treatment by Pezza Orthodontics of Cranston, gift baskets and cards from such East Greenwich mainstays as The Savory Grape, Ritrovo and Besos, and experiences like a Newport overnight package at the Admiral Weaver Inn. Synagogue leaders also donated wine bottles for a wine grab and funds to create a lottery tree.
The event is a major fundraiser for the growing congregation, according to Ways & Means Vice President Stephanie Norin. One of Temple Torat Yisrael’s goals, says Norin, is “developing more youth and young adult centered programs,” which will be open to all.
Susan Smoller, a past president of the synagogue, highlighted how great it was to have so many members and non-members having so much fun together. Naveh Levy, who helped organize the event, reinforced how important it is “as a community to support all East Greenwich businesses and places of worship.”
Put it on your calendar for next year – the weekend before Thanksgiving.
Hilary Levey Friedman is a member of Temple Torat Yisrael’s Board.