Large Effort for Victims of Hurricane Harvey


In two short days, a group of dedicated congregants gathered, organized and filled cartons with donated items brought over by generous members of Temple Judea of Manhasset to be shipped to Houston to meet the needs of the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

This was the outcome of a vision by Lauren Chizner, Rabbi Chizner’s wife who has a personal connection to Texas having been born and raised there. Lauren’s vision led to a consortium of nine Long Island synagogues, representing Reform, Conservative and Orthodox, all of whom reached out to their congregations who responded generously to her request.

One large truck was rented, then a second one added when it was realized that one truck would be insufficient to handle all the donations. Each truck was filled stopping at each of the nine synagogues to gather up the donations. In all approximately 25,000 pounds of donations were collected.




In addition to donations of food, medical and cleaning supplies, toiletries, bottled water and baby goods, close to $10,000 in gift cards were donated.

This was truly Tikkkun Olam, “saving the world” in its best sense.

Holocaust Center Celebratory Luncheon

On September 6, 2017, an annual celebratory luncheon was held to honor Holocaust survivors and their sons and daughters.  The event was hosted by Irving Roth, Director and Curator of the Holocaust Resource Center and was held in the magnificent newly-renovated ballroom.
Through the years, this group of survivors have provided an invaluable service to the community, leading discussions and answering questions for school groups and groups of adults who come to visit the Holocaust Resource Center.  They are a lively group, interested in telling their stories, reminding people of the Holocaust and its attendant horrors. The people who are active in this endeavor are in their 80’s and 90’s.
Their sons and daughters who attended the event are exceptionally proud of their parents and were pleased  that they were able to celebrate with them.
As Irving Roth stated, “This Group is the basis for the Holocaust Resource Center!”