Congregation Derech Emunoh Celebrates Rosh Hashana
Services were led by Rabbi Heshy Rubinstein and Cantor Chayim Shindler. Rabbi Rubinstein gave the sermon on both days of Rosh Hashana. Congregation Derech Emunoh president Bob Wien spoke with great emotion about the 105th year of service of the congregation and urged the congregants to be involved and help Derech Emunoh continue for the next 100 years. "Our synagogue," said Wien, "went through tough times, and is going through a tough time as these lines are printed. We are forced to leave our temporary double trailer due to continuous construction by the Arverne by the Sea development." "Congregation Derech Emunoh is just not ready to close its doors," says Rabbi Rubinstein. "Our brothers and sisters young and old alike must never be left in a community without a religious facility, a synagogue, a house of worship, whether it is for weekly Sabbath services or for every holiday celebration like Passover, Chanukah, Purim and even for our annual Shabbat across America services.
"The most joyous Jewish events took place in our beautiful double trailer, thanks to the Arverne by the Sea developer, such as Chanukah parties, singing and dancing, Purim parties, again singing and dancing. Just seeing the happy faces of these young children, the glowing faces of our senior members, with God's help we will continue. Good things don't come easy."
At the first prayer services of the new year 5770, Rabbi Rubinstein made sure in his sermon to tell everyone that they should do their best in praying to God to grant the congregation a happy and healthy new year, and to be inscribed in the book of life. After the prayer services the congregants sat down to a hot, delicious Rosh Hashana meal, which included a variety of traditional holiday specialties - apples and honey (for a sweet new year), delicious, fresh round-shaped raisin challahs, and tzimmes. Congregation Derech Emunoh says it wishes all a very happy and sweet new year.