Annual Journal


Dear Fire Island Synagogue friends,

We are delighted to announce that this year the Fire Island Synagogue will be honoring long-time Seaview residents and members of the Fire Island Synagogue Board of Trustees, Caren and Gene Pillet, in our Annual Journal. 

Judaism and Synagogue leadership hold a central position in the lives of Caren, Gene, and their children with their spouses and grandchildren (Jason and Sarah, Rachel and Abram & Matthew and Ellen and grandchildren Avery, Brayden, Brooke, and Liam).  Caren and Gene have been members of FIS for 20 years and have served on the Board since 2005.  They are enthusiastic participants in both the spiritual and community life of our synagogue as evidenced by their weekly attendance at shabbat services, as well as their many volunteer activities in support of our educational programs, Saturday morning kiddushes, and Journal ad-solicitation. 

Gene and Caren have also been strong supporters of Temple Emanu-El in Englewood, New Jersey for close to 40 years through their work chairing and organizing numerous large and successful fundraising initiatives, leading the search for an Executive Director, and serving on the Board of Directors. Caren is also a past-PTA President and past-member of the Board Trustees at the Solomon Schechter Day School, where all three of the Pillet children were students. Caren successfully chaired numerous fundraising and volunteer programs at Schechter and is a lifetime member of Hadassah.  Gene was also actively involved in the Schechter community, where he spearheaded a fundraiser for Schechter’s new building campaign.  In addition, Gene volunteered at the Palisades JCC to assist Jewish Russian immigrants find jobs locally.

Please join us in supporting Fire Island Synagogue in honoring Caren and Gene Pillet for all their hard work in strengthening and enriching our Fire Island Synagogue community by placing a generous ad in this year’s Journal.

Robert Stein Co-President

Varco Veissid Co-President

David Scharf Co-President