Rabbi Gerald Sussman - Outstanding Community Member Award
2017 Chai Society Community Mitzvah Awards Dinner
Many things influenced Rabbi Sussman to the Rabbinate: his career, and helping to strengthen his community. He felt deeply that Judaism pointed towards a world in which things were not what they seem and that great truths lay beyond appearances. Judaism was a world of mystery which hinted at the profoundest puzzles that lie at the heart of existence. As a college student, Rabbi Sussman had the opportunity to study Talmud and Jewish texts and fell in love with them. He entered the Jewish Theological Seminary and was ordained in 1979 and took a pulpit in Howell Township where he had the privilege of interacting with the last of the Jersey Jewish farmers, and then to Temple Emanu-El Staten Island in 1982. READ MORE.
Temple Emanu-El is a special place with 109 years of prayer soaked into the walls. As a Rabbi, he has tried to represent a traditional but at the same time loving and open approach to Judaism. His life has been enriched by Jewish and gentile colleagues who shared the interfaith work he has been proud to be active in. He is grateful for the support and understanding of the Temple EmanuEl community whose members have been the focus of his life for the last 35 years.
He has tried to include and reach out to the marginal and the friendless and those in need because this is what his faith requires, which has led him to serve as president of Project Hospitality. He is also proud to serve as chaplain of post 80 0f the Jewish War Veterans and the Jewish Historical Society of Staten Island.