As the oldest continuously operating synagogue in the City of Newark, Congregation Ahavas Sholom is an Egalitarian Conservative Synagogue with a traditional service that welcomes all Jews, fulfills their spiritual needs, provides educational and cultural experiences.
The synagogue’s mission states that Ahavas Sholom is passionately committed to the pursuit of Tikun Olam (repair of the world) and Tzedakah (social justice). Ahavas Sholom recognizes as part of Tikun Olam that it has an obligation to the environment, physical space and activities of the community. We therefore consider support for the conservation of open space, the creation of both passive and active recreation in Newark and among communities within its metropolitan area to be part of our mission.
Ahavas Sholom is characteristic of other religious institutions in Newark. Just as many inner-city churches draw the greater part of their members from outside the city itself, Ahavas Sholom now has relatively few congregants who live in Newark.
American cities are redeveloping in part as their unsurpassed cultural and religious institutions attract suburbanites to meaningful experiences. Ahavas Sholom is holy ground. It inspires those who step through its doors to pray, think, and learn, and to care about each other’s lives and the life of the community.
On March 6, 2019, Marianne Moy, a long time member of the Ahavas Sholom community, announced, “In gratitude for my journey which culminated today, March 6, with me going to the mikvah, I am so proud to announce the launching of the Russell Moy – Ahavas Sholom NJPAC Jazz for Teens Scholarship Fund. Russell, whose birthday was incredibly, also today, March 6, passed away in 2011. He was an avid Jazz drummer and teacher, and would be extremely proud of Ahavas Sholom for embracing the Jazz for Teens program as part of our community outreach.”
Russell Moy, who was Marianne’s husband, performed and recorded with Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr., Connie Francis, Pearl Bailey, Vic Damone, Jack Jones, and Bobby Rydell, among others. He was named one of the top jazz musicians at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
Russell taught percussion to others, for over 47 years at his own studio, and also as a faculty member of the Elon College North Carolina Music Festival. He was the first recipient of the Jim Chapin Teacher’s Award, a prestigious honor recognizing his lifetime service to the drum teaching world. His greatest pleasure was witnessing the progress of his students, many of whom now have successful drumming careers of their own.
Marianne said, “His life’s passion was teaching and giving opportunities to those rising stars who might never have had a chance to meet and learn from music’s great legends. The joy that I feel on this most auspicious day of my conversion will convert his dreams that he can no longer actualize into a dream come true for a student that would have otherwise not had an opportunity to attend a Jazz camp.”
It is so fitting that we honor Russell through this scholarship fund. We welcome your support in keeping his legacy alive and well. Please join your friends at Ahavas Sholom in honoring both Russell and Marianne for both their contributions and journey together. Your support is greatly appreciated and is tax deductible.
Donations can be made by credit/debit card and PayPal here.
To donate by check, make the check out to Congregation Ahavas Sholom, noting “Russell Moy Scholarship Fund” in the memo. Send all checks to Congregation Ahavas Sholom, 145 Broadway, Newark, NJ 07104.