2013-06-14 / Community

A Concert To Rebuild Belle Harbor

By Dan Guarino

“The children of the congregants who moved to various areas in the metropolitan area still have the sand of Rockaways in their shoes,” said planners of a very special fundraising event planned for Sunday morning, June 23rd at 11:00 a.m.

Through their efforts, Congregation Ohab Zedek, recently reopened but not yet rebuilt, will host a Rebuild Belle Harbor Hurricane Sandy Relief Concert. Described as “a vibrant, inspiring event” it will feature performers Benny Friedman, Aryeh Kunstler, The Rambam Choir and special guest Shloime Dachs.

Hurricane Sandy left Belle Harbor residents, and millions of others, in the dark with no power, no heat and severe property damage. Some communities were impacted much worse than others.

The storm destroyed nearly every home in Belle Harbor and left the numerous synagogues in the community devastated.

As detailed on the event’s website, “eight families who cannot afford to rebuild are left homeless. Dozens had their first floors flooded, and no one escaped with a basement intact. Beachfront homes were washed out to sea.

“Families were scattered throughout the metropolitan area, from Teaneck to Brooklyn and Manhattan to the Five Towns. As some houses got power and heat back, neighbors housed neighbors. Each and every family in Belle Harbor has suffered a major financial loss.

“In addition, Congregation Ohab Zedek, the largest Shul that acts as the hub of the orthodox community, became uninhabitable in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. When the surge hit, the entire lower floor, which houses our Beis HaMedrish and the Yeshivah of Belle Harbor was totally flooded.

Our entire library with hundreds of Sefarim is reduced to sheimos. Two precious Torah scrolls could not be saved.”

“We lost so much,” it states, “but we are determined to rebuild. That’s why we, the children who grew up in Belle Harbor and who still love the community, are organizing a special concert.”

Tickets will be available at the door or in advance at www.rebuildbelleharbor. com.

For more information email concert@rebuildbelleharbor.com or call 201- 308-5580. Contributions can also be made through the website.

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