2012-03-30 / Community

Synagogue Celebrates 90th Anniversary

By Debbie Fleury

Temple Beth El members and the Torah dedication. Temple Beth El members and the Torah dedication. Temple Beth-El of Rockaway Park is one of the oldest houses of worship on the peninsula. And on Sunday, April 29, it will celebrate its 90th anniversary.

In January 1920, a group of women met at a shop on Beach 116 Street for the purpose of forming a sisterhood. This first meeting blossomed into a storefront where high holy day services for the Jewish faith were conducted. A reported 100 people composed its earliest membership. Eventually an official temple of worship was established from the roots of this congregation.

Today, Temple Beth-El is a conservative synagogue with a vivid and everevolving history. Rabbi Allan Blaine succeeded Rabbi Robert Gordis in 1969. For many years Blaine has been active in publishing, radio and television. According to one of his congregants, his vision for the Jewish community is genuine and sincere. A supporter of interfaith activities, Rabbi Blaine welcomes everyone to come and celebrate the synagogue’s 90th Anniversary.

This year Temple Beth-El is expecting to create renewed enthusiasm and a thriving atmosphere in which the community can come together during the congregation’s 90th anniversary celebration. Seeing itself in the historical forefront serving its members from Rockaway, Belle Harbor and Neponsit, Temple Beth-El expects to meet its expectations.

The anniversary celebration will be held at the Rockwood Park Jewish Center in Howard Beach, April 29.

It is a fundraising event and all guests who are interested are urged to call: 718-634-8100 or visit: templebethrp.com, for more information about the gala brunch.

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