Rabbi Zev Silber to receive the Jack and Mary Ferber Memorial Award of Beth David Synagogue

By: Arieh Ullmann

Beth David Synagogue will host its annual dinner on Sunday, May 6, at the synagogue, 39 Riverside Dr., Binghamton. This year’s honoree is Rabbi Zev Silber, who will receive the Jack and Mary Ferber Memorial Award. The award is named after Jack and Mary Ferber and recognizes individuals’ outstanding contributions to the congregation. Jack was president of Beth David Synagogue in 1964-65 and again from 1969-74. He was known as “Mr. Beth David” because of all he did for the synagogue.
Silber grew up in Brooklyn, NY, and received his ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, Yeshiva University in New York where he was a student of Rabbi “The Rav” Yosef Dov ha-Levi Soloveychik. In the tradition of his teacher, Silber also pursued a secular education He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in Talmud, both from Yeshiva University, as well as a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. Silber has worked as an educator in many places from the Deep South to the Northeast. He came to Binghamton in 1999 when he was hired as principal of Hillel Academy of Broome County, having held similar positions before in Indianapolis, IN, and Rochester, NY. He became the rabbi and spiritual leader of Beth David in 2005 and since then has served the congregation in many ways, ranging from delivering sermons on Shabbat and yom tov, to teaching weekday courses to conducting life cycle events and supervising kashrut, the mikvah and the eruv. He has been an active member on the board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton and works with Jewish Family Service to help people in the community who are struggling. 
“He and his wife, Judy, have opened their home to visitors and students who not only appreciate their hospitality, but also the rabbi’s breadth and depth of Jewish knowledge that invariably enriches the conversations during meals,” said organizers of the event. “Being honored at the annual dinner expresses the gratitude and admiration of the Beth David family for its rabbi and his caring leadership.”
The event will begin at 3 pm with cocktails and the dinner will follow at 3:30 pm. The cost is $50 per person, with three sponsorship levels: gold ($375) and silver ($275), both of which include two dinners; and bronze ($175), with one dinner included. Reservations are requested by Monday, April 23.
Anyone who did not receive an invitation, but would like one, can call the synagogue office at 722-1793.