MORRIS COUNTY — Dozens of area scouts and scout leaders converged on Temple Beth Am on Friday, March 29, in celebration of Scout Shabbat.
Scout Shabbat was established by the Jewish Committees on Scouting to celebrate the anniversaries of the founding of the scouting organizations, and to honor the values that Judaism and Scouting share. Scouts of all faith traditions participate in Scout Shabbat events, often attending together with other members of their dens, troops or crews.
This year, Temple Beth Am’s annual event included the presentation of Jewish scouting emblems and awards earned by six local scouts. Girl Scout Jordan K of Parsippany was awarded the Lehava award, Dylan R. of Whippany was recognized for earning the Maccabee emblem, Caleb S. of Mountain Lakes and Franklin C. of Hopatcong received the Aleph emblem; and Daniel G. and Jonathan G. of Pine Brook were presented with the Ner Tamid emblem. “Jewish scouting emblems and awards recognize scouts who put time and effort into exploring their religious heritage and teachings,” notes Lynn Cutler, Chair of the Jewish Committee on Scouting of BSA Patriot’s Path Council, and member of the National Jewish Committee on Girl Scouting.
This year’s service included a very special addition: the naming of a baby boy whose father achieved Eagle Scout rank himself.
Scouts who are interested in learning more about earning their religious emblems and awards, or learning more about hosting or attending a Scout Shabbat service, are invited to email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.