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New Windows in the Sanctuary

No rest for the dusty! The renovation of the sanctuary continued this week, and you can see the progress, particularly the creation of windows on the back wall, in the photos below. The carpet and asbestos tiles have also been removed, so we’re safe and sound moving forward!

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Shabbat Greetings from Rabbi David Holtz – July 6

Wherever we have lived throughout our wanderings, Jews have been extraordinarily loyal citizens of our adopted countries.  In part it is to combat the frequent charge of dual-loyalty that followed us from country to country.  But even more it has been out of love and appreciation for our adopted homelands.  The Jewish love affair with America goes all the way back to our arrival in New Amsterdam over 350 years ago.  America has been very good to the Jews.  So it is fitting that we take some time on the Shabbat closest to July 4 to acknowledge all that America has meant to us.  Tonight we will be outdoors, and tomorrow we’ll be in the chapel.  Celebrate Shabbat and America with us!

One other note:  on Sunday I leave for a familiarization tour of Jewish Morocco.  If the hotel wifi works, I hope to post photos and thoughts on the blog at our new website.  Please take a look beginning Monday evening at

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Our Sanctuary Renovation Begins!

Here we go, the first week of renovation work in the sanctuary has begun! Here are a few photos of the demolition work that began on Monday. Glad it’s not in my house!

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Welcome to Our New Website!

Hi, everyone, welcome to our new Temple Beth Abraham website! We are enormously grateful to Robert and Leah Shiffman and family for their generous donation that made this site possible.

It’s a work in progress, if you see something that you think should be changed, just shoot us an email at and we’ll do our best to fix it or add to it or change it or build it.

It’s going to be a very exciting summer at temple with the renovation of the sanctuary (thanks to Judy Cohen and her family!) starting on June 25th. We’ll be using this blog to provide updates and photos of the renovation as it happens.

Here are some rudimentary drawings of the changes to come:

I hope you have a lovely and relaxing summer and we look forward to celebrating the new year with you in our new sanctuary!

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