Representative Tony Hwang (Fairfield-Trumbull), joined Rabbi Colin Brodie in celebrating his 10th anniversary with Congregation B’Nai Torah, with a theatrical homage from congregation members that was written and directed by Rosalind (Roz) Friedman.

Rabbi Colin Brodie has led Congregation B’nai Torah since 2003. A native of London, England and a graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, with strong musical talents, the Broadway musical theme was an appropriate homage to the his journey from London to Congregation B’nai Torah.

Rep. Hwang presented a Connecticut General Assembly proclamation and emphasized the importance role of clergy in time of difficulties and unspeakable tragedies. Rep. Hwang believed that in the challenging times that we are encountering, especially in the aftermath of such traumatic

events like Sandy Hook and the Boston Marathon bombings, we need faith and emotional healing more than ever. Hwang stated that “faith is something that we need and seek — to give us emotional support. It is critical to the health and well-bring of our community that our clergy is there for all of us to turn to for comfort and reassurance. Rabbi Brodie has demonstrated his great ability to unite people, and help them feel like they are part of a family and reassure them that together as a community we will be able to overcome.”

“Rabbi Brodie with his ready smile and soothing London accent’ leaves a positive and comforting impact on every person he meets,” said Hwang. “In his 10 years at Congregation B’Nai Torah, he has truly unified our surrounding community and built a vibrant and growing congregation and I am incredibly thankful for the work he has done. He truly recognizes the importance of faith and has been a person the community has come to for support and counsel.”

“This was a very special evening celebrating a remarkable man who has enriched the lives of the entire B’nai Torah community,” said B’nai Torah co-president, Beverly Fein. “Rabbi Colin is beloved by all, with a gift for connecting with those of all ages; from our youngest preschoolers and children in our Talmud Torah to our adult and senior members.”