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Letter: Thank You From Rabbi Bravo And NSS

We’d like to take this opportunity to recognize and thank everyone who joined together at North Shore Synagogue to assist in our relief efforts in November following Superstorm Sandy and the nor’easter that followed.

The power at North Shore Synagogue was restored relatively early in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and immediately NSS became a warming center and shelter for the entire community. The outpouring of help from congregants, volunteers, lay leaders and suppliers was swift and without hesitation. NSS extends its deepest thanks and appreciation to all who helped.

The effort started with outreach to let the community know that NSS was open as a community warming center. Anyone needing a warm place to stay, a spot to charge devices, hot breakfast, lunch and dinner, or warm clothing, was welcome and many who were without power or whose homes had been damaged by the storm came to the synagogue. The synagogue library became a quiet place for families to watch movies and check in with friends and family on computers. 

The generosity of spirit from the entire Syosset family was an amazing sight to see. Synagogue members took it up on themselves to prepare hot meals and brought in large trays of food, everything from hot breakfasts to fresh salmon dinners. Del-Mir Caterers began serving three hot meals and snacks daily.  All of the regular NSS vendors were asked to help and each and every one of them did so, with great generosity.

For two weeks, the synagogue/warming center opened at 9 a.m. and closed at 10 p.m., except for two nights when the synagogue became a shelter for a small group who had nowhere warm to sleep.

This was a wonderful community effort, a shining example of how much a faith-based center can serve when disaster strikes. Our staff, members, vendors and volunteers all came together and we are so grateful to everyone.

Donations of warm clothing that were originally intended for the “War against Cold” campaign were brought to Long Beach. Clothing donations continue to come in at unprecedented levels and are still being brought to other communities in need.

While many members have had their power restored and life is slowly returning back to normal, NSS continues to collect pillows, blankets and warm clothing for those in other communities where the need is still great.  To make a donation, drop offs can be brought to the synagogue at 83 Muttontown Road, Syosset, NY 11791. For any questions, call Amy Schwach at 921-2282.

Rabbi Deborah Bravo