Nonagenarian clergy feted at Beth Jacob

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Redwood City’s Congregation Beth Jacob has plenty to celebrate this year as its emeriti clergy hit 90. Rabbi Emeritus H. David Teitelbaum and Cantor Emeritus Hans Cohn will be honored with congregational celebrations as each reaches the milestone birthday.

On April 30, historian Fred Rosenbaum will give a lecture titled “Human Rights, Jewish Values: Rabbi David Teitelbaum and the Transformation of Bay Area Jewry” as part of morning services for Shabbat and Pesach.

Teitelbaum served Beth Jacob for 38 years, retiring in 1995. Early in his career, he marched in Selma, Alabama, during the civil rights movement and supported Soviet refuseniks in the 1970s. After retirement, he chaired the Board of Rabbis of Northern California and wrote a memoir titled “As a Mighty Stream: The Life of an American Rabbi.” He lives in Palo Alto with his wife, Robin.

Cohn will be honored June 5 at a concert featuring the San Francisco-based Alexander String Quartet in a program featuring works by Beethoven and Dvorak. The German-born cantor came to California via Shanghai. As a cantor, he developed Beth Jacob’s choir and promoted Jewish music. He also retired in 1995 after 31 years of service. He lives in Palo Alto with his wife, Nina.

Both events will be at Beth Jacob, 1550 Alameda de las Pulgas, Redwood City. For more information, call (650) 366-8481.