To mark her 20-year anniversary, local and statewide community members paid tribute to Cantor Ellen Tilem.
The celebration took place Friday at Temple Emeth and featured music by Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach in a style that Tilem has been formatting over the course of a year.
State Senator Loretta Weinberg presented Tilem with a proclamation from Gov. Chris Christie. Rabbi Sirbu, Fr. Jim Warnke and past President Micki Grunstein paid homage to her at the conclusion of the night.