Yonkers resident Sidney Goldman celebrated his 90th birthday in May. Having served the Lincoln Park Jewish Center in a multitude of positions since first joining in 1978, the synagogue’s members, friends and Sidney’s family honored him by raising funds to purchase two beautiful new Torah covers, embroidered “In honor of Sidney Goldman,” recalling the decades during which Sidney removed the Torah from the Ark and carried it during Shabbat services.
The two new Torah covers were selected for their designs and adornments displaying symbols of the Jewish New Year: the round red pomegranate fruit, and the ram’s-horn shofar, sounded 100 times during the High Holiday services.
Sidney and his wife Fay have been members of the Lincoln Park Jewish Center for the past 38 years, and he has served the synagogue as its Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors during more close to four decades of membership. He continues to serve as Treasurer, is a member of the Rabbi’s contract committee and the Catering Committee. Fay served as a Director of the Sisterhood, and Sidney and Fay were honored by their synagogue at the 75th annual Journal Dinner in 2013.
Sidney was born in the Bronx in 1926, graduated from James Monroe HSin 1943 and served in combat in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II.
Sidney and Fay were honored as their three sons Howard, Roy and Lance saw the two new Torah covers displayed and used for the first time at the synagogue’s Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services.
Sidney retired from a long and successful career as an electrical engineer and now devotes his time to enjoying his family, including his three sons and five grandchildren; his continuing activities with the Knights of Pythias, visiting veterans at the Kingsbridge Veterans’ Administration and synagogue activities. His wife, Fay, retired after a long and successful career as a teacher.
Sidney is affiliated with the Jewish War Veterans of the USA and now serves as National Inspector, in addition to being Quartermaster of the Department of New York and Bronx County Council, and has served as Assistant Scout Master in the Boy Scouts of America, where he earned Wood Badge in 1974.
The Lincoln Park Jewish Center continues to raise funds to purchase two additional Torah covers for regular Shabbat use, to enhance their enjoyment and appreciation during the upcoming holidays of Shemeni Atzeret, Simchat Torah and Sukkot.
A delicious meal and entertainment are available at their upcoming Sukkot brunch party on Sunday, October 23, eaten and enjoyed seated in the large and spacious synagogue sukkah. Visit their website, www.LPJC.org, or call their office at 914-965-7119 to purchase tickets.
By Robert Kalfus
Robert Kalfus is grateful for the skills and experiences granted him during more than four decades as a photographer and photojournalist, working first on staff at the Long Island Press, then for almost three decades at the New York Post, where he received more professional awards from the NY Press Photographers Association than all ot™her Post photographers. Kalfus also worked at the NY Daily News, NY Times, Associated Press and Jewish Week, and is still working, contributing regularly to Yonkers Rising and The Jewish Link. He is available for surveillance, legal and medical, weddings and event photography.