Some synagogues have cancelled services ahead of a potentially historic blizzard.
At least synagogues in Providence, R.I., have called off Shabbat services this week in light of the expected severe weather. More than two feet are expected in Providence, one of the highest predicted snowfalls.
"Due to the impending blizzard all worship services have been canceled Friday, Saturday and Sunday," said a recorded message at Providence's Temple Beth-El on Friday afternoon.
The announcements of an approaching storm. The warnings about possible damage. The advice about what to do and not to do. The panic, and the inevitable been-there-heard-that-I’m staying-put attitude of some people.
To New Yorkers, the advance of Hurricane Sandy from the South last week was a novel experience. How often do hurricanes strike the Big Apple?
Residents of Borough Park were still facing snow removal issues this week from the Dec. 26 blizzard, and an unnamed labor source told the New York Post those problems may be deliberate.
“Borough Park was specifically targeted [because of] … its ability to sort of gin up the p.r. machine,” the paper quoted the source as saying. The lackluster snow removal may have been meant to embarrass Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has heavy political support in Borough Park, because of his budget cuts, the Post said.
As this week’s blizzard blanketed New York City in snow, Jewish Community Councils and other organizations scrambled to continue providing much-needed services in the hardest-hit neighborhoods, as well as meet emergency needs.