On Saturday, May 13 Temple Sinai held its annual gala, presented this year in honor of Herbert and Sue Barton for their more than 50 years of service to to the temple. Herbert is Executive Director Emeritus of Temple Sinai, and Sue is a Sisterhood member and former Sisterhood president.

A cocktail party for gala patrons and underwriters, with hors d’oeuvres from Ruth’s Chris and Galatoire’s, opened the evening. The formal program began with welcoming remarks from then-President Bob Brickman, the first of many to thank the Bartons for their dedication to Temple Sinai. Senior Rabbi Matthew Reimer gave the opening prayer and blessing.

Dinner for the almost 200 guests was served courtesy of Rommel’s Catering. Cakes donated by Antoine’s Bakery, Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse, Dorignac’s Food Center, Haydel’s Bakery, Maurice French Pastries, Maple Street Patisserie, Melanize Blitz Catering, Melissa’s Fine Pastries, Omni Royal Orleans, Robert Fresh Market, Royal Cakery, and Windsor Court Hotel were spread out among the tables and allowed guests to mingle as they sampled the different flavors.

Cantor Colman of Temple Sinai and Cantorial Soloist Victoria May of Congregation Gates of Prayer, with Marcus St. Julien on piano, provided the evening’s entertainment. Raffles for a Roberto Coin gold and diamond ring and an Ida Kohlmeyer serigraph print proved to be amusing as well when President Brickman and Herbert Barton were announced as the winners.

Additional speeches were made by Rabbi Emeritus Edward Paul Cohn and Herbert and Sue. In their speeches, Herbert and Sue shared fond memories and expressed their love for Temple Sinai.

“I must say that Temple Sinai has been not only a major part of my life, but a most important part,” said Herbert. “I have been blessed to have worked with Rabbi Feibelman, Rabbi Blackman, both of blessed memory, with Rabbi Cohn, and now, for almost a year, Rabbi Reimer. Of course, there were several other rabbis along the way,” Herbert said to the laughter of the crowd.

Herbert and Sue were joined by their children Barbara, Chip, Rozanne, Sherry, and Gus.

The gala committee was co-chaired by Bob and Caroline Brickman and Sandy Levy, with Bill Goldring as an honorary chair. Temple Sinai is extremely grateful for the generosity of the gala’s underwriters: Herbert and Sue Barton, Barbara Greenberg, Mark and Niffer Greenberg, Sean and Diana Greenberg, Gus and Michelle Levy, Sherry Mayer, Modern Flooring in memory of Arnold Levy, Daryl Muller and William Reynolds, Orleans Capital Management Corporation, David and Jennifer Silver, Mark and Amy Stein, Joshua and Rachel Stephenson, Devin and Lauren Wakeman, Whitney Trust & Asset Management, Dr. Gerald and Joan Berenson, Bourgeois Bennett CPA, Bob and Caroline Brickman, Marianne Cohn, Current Electric, Robin M. Giarrusso, Jane Goldring, Goldring Family Foundation, Hermie Kohlmeyer, Betty Kohn, Rusty and Renee Levy, Sandy Levy, Julie Grant Meyer, Myron and Brenda Schneider, Robert and Pamela Steeg, and Robert and Marie Wolf.

Click on the arrows on the right and left of the picture below to browse through the gala slideshow.