Friedberg JCC

Scenes Of Loss, And Caring

On L.I.’s South Shore, floating arks, no heat and, for some, no boilers in sight.

Staff Writer

When congregants at the Young Israel of Oceanside returned to their synagogue three days after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the New York-New Jersey coastline, they found the ark in their basement chapel overturned and floating in almost 5 ½ feet of water.

Three Torahs were still inside. Bookshelves had collapsed, spilling books into the water. Others were near collapse.

Bookcases collapsing in a chapel at the Young Israel of Oceanside. Photos by Barry Boshnack
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