Young Israel of Oceanside

Scenes Of Loss, And Caring

On L.I.’s South Shore, floating arks, no heat and, for some, no boilers in sight.
11/19/2012 - 19:00
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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