Israeli volunteers assist Sea Gate residents after storm.
The hurricane was called Sandy but Af-Bri is the “Angel of the Rains.”
On Oct. 8, Shemini Atzeret, exactly three weeks before “Frankenstorm,” the Jews of Brooklyn’s Sea Gate (and around the world) said the annual “Prayer for Rain,” calling on Af-Bri to “thicken and form clouds and empty them,” perhaps with anger (Af), preferably for a blessing, for health (Bri), with the seasonal insert of Mashiv HaRuach, “He makes the wind blow and the rain...”
'We Are A Lost Community," says organizer; volunteers come from near and far.
Two weeks after Hurricane Sandy devastated the East Coast, causing particularly severe damage to beach communities, the Jewish community in this enclave adjacent to Coney Island is still struggling to recover and reeling from what residents say is a lack of attention from authorities.
Numerous houses in the community, which was overrun by storm surge, remain without power or uninhabitable, and five synagogues in the neighborhood were heavily damaged.