While Herbert Barton has been celebrated for his many years of service as Temple Sinai administrator, both he and his wife had never been celebrated as a couple. That was until Saturday evening, May 13, when Temple Sinai held its annual gala and honored the Bartons for their more than 50 years of service to the temple, Louisiana’s oldest Reform temple and the largest Jewish house of worship in Louisiana.
Herbert Barton is executive director emeritus, while his wife Sue is a Sisterhood member and former Temple Sinai 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 followed by words from Senior Rabbi Matthew Reimer, who delivered 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, Melanie 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.
Temple Sinai Cantor Colman and Cantorial Soloist Victoria May of Congregation Gates of Prayer, with accompaniment by pianist Marcus St. Julien, provided 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 to the audience both of the Bartons 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.
The Bartons were joined by their children Barbara, Chip, Rozanne, Sherry, and Gus.
Photos from the evening are here: