New Rochelle

Familiar Programs, New Demographic

Special To The Jewish Week
08/18/2009
Although Gail Rusgo and her husband are Orthodox and attended day schools, they’ve decided not to have their children follow in their educational footsteps. Rusgo, a teacher, told her rabbi at the Lido Beach Synagogue on Long Island, “I’m going to be sending my children to public schools, and we need more children.”

Closer To God, Far from Shul

09/06/2007
Staff Writer
Steve Solinga, 47-year-old tax attorney and baal teshuvah for a few years, passed all the familiar places and all the familiar faces during his morning strolls on Rosh HaShanah last year. Outside the Young Israel of New Rochelle, his congregation, he greeted his friends. “It felt funny walking past the shul when everybody was there,” he says. Solinga didn’t stop walking until he reached a Chinese restaurant. Where he attended High Holy Days services.
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