Derech Emunoh Lives On
After being plagued by fires big and small since 1994, Congregation Derech Emunoh’s landmark synagogue at Beach 67 Street, Arverne, was finally demolished in April 2002.
Nevertheless, the congregation was not ready to give up. A gift of the use of a sunny double trailer, located at Beach 74 Street, donated by the builders of Arverne-By-The-Sea, enabled the frazzled congregation to continue.
A new young rabbi, Heshy Rubinstein of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, breathed fresh life into the weary Derech Emunoh membership. Rabbi Rubinstein’s family spent summers in Arverne many years ago and he attended the orthodox Derech Emunoh on Sabbath.
Although Rabbi Rubinstein was too young at the time to recall this, an older cousin of his recently reminded him of his family’s historical link to the old synagogue.
Purim, the happiest day of the Hebrew calendar year, was celebrated by Derech Emunoh on Monday evening, March 17 with the traditional reading of the Megilat Esther followed by a gala Purim party. Fifty men, women and children attended. A raffle yielded many prizes, including a microwave oven, which Rabbi Rubinstein arranged to have donated by National Liquidator.
Ironically, the only person to come dressed in costume was the Rabbi. He wore a costume of traditional, European Satmal Chassidic clothes with a tall round fur hat (shtreimel). Rabbi Rubinstein didn’t have to look further than his own closet for his costume as he is genuine Satmar Chassidic.
On the evening of Tuesday, March 18, several of the male congregants of Derech Emunoh celebrated Shushan Purim as guests of Rabbi Rubinstein at his family’s synagogue in Williamsburg.
Plans are in full swing for Passover (first Seder on April 16). Derech Emunoh will hold its Fifteenth Annual Community Passover Seder in the community room of 7400 Shorefront Parkway, thanks to the permission of Dayton Management to utilize their spacious and sunny premises. Anyone who wishes to attend the Seder is welcome. Reservations are necessary. See ads in The Wave for details.
Derech Emunoh is fervently looking forward to celebrating its one-hundredth anniversary in the spring 2004. The President of the Board of Directors, Robert Wein, has announced that if all goes well, Congregation Derech Emunoh will mark its one-hundredth year with the building of a new synagogue close to its historical site on Beach 67 Street.