2007-09-14 / Letters

Derech Emunoh Congregation Continues After 103 Years

Dear Editor,

As the New Jewish Year, 5868, approaches and I reflect upon the past year, I am satisfied and gratified of our current situation.

We have continued to maintain our Shabbas Minyon, conducted beautiful Chanukah and Purim parties, a traditional seder- all well-attended - for the benefit and enjoyment of the Jewish community.

It has been a long and difficult struggle to maintain our 103-year-old synagogue, after losing our once large and prestigious congregation 37 years ago to "urban renewal."

As we look forward to the future, we are encouraged by the progress of the Arverne by the Sea development in their efforts to create a new community, consisting of 2,300 new families, replete with shopping and recreational facilities.

The first phase - which has become home to approximately 10 percent of their goal, is still too small to indicate how many Jewish families will join our community - has been completed. The second section, named "the Breakers,"

which will consist

of an additional 250 units, is now going "full steam ahead," and the area is extremely busy with construction. When this part of the new community is completed by spring 2008, we will have a better indication of the amount of Jewish families that will become part of the community and where our new permanent home will be located.

In the meantime, we are preparing for our 103rd consecutive year of High Holy Day Services, to be conducted in an inspiring traditional manner as follows: -Rosh Hashana: September 13 and 14, 9:30 a.m.; -Kol Nidre: September 21, 7 p.m.; -Yom Kippur: September 22, 9:30 a.m.; -Yizkor: September 22, 11 a.m.

As is our custom, there will be no charge to attend. "You Don't Have to Pay to Pray" at Derech Emunoh.

On behalf of our Rabbi and our entire congregation, I wish you and your family a healthy and happy new year, and look forward to your prayers and continued financial aid in our continuous, noble efforts to maintain the "Flame of Judaism" in Arverne. "La Shana Tova."

ROBERT WEIN DERECH EMUNOH PRESIDENT

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