Borough President joined the Warbasse Congregation leadership to celebrate Hannukah in December. (Source: Gabrielle Shnayderman)
The Warbasse Jewish Heritage Congregation, located inside the hard-hit Warbasse housing complex, continues to bounce back from Superstorm Sandy – this time by helping their Jewish neighbors with free food for Passover this weekend.
The congregation escaped the worst of Sandy, only taking on a few inches of water, but was without power for months after the storm. Now they’ve received a large donation that will supply 500 people with food for the holiday.
Rabbi David Okunov and volunteers will be passing out free boxed food for Passover on Sunday at 11 a.m. It is a first-come, first-serve basis. The address is 2790 West 5th Street.
Source: Gabrielle Shnayderman
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz paid a visit to Warbasse Jewish Heritage Congregation this past Sunday, December 9, to help light the menorah and ring in Hanukkah for Warbasse’s first-ever Hanukkah party.
Two-hundred guests were present for the occasion at the center, which was still running on backup generators since Sandy struck late last October. The Warbasse congregation is inside the hard-hit Warbasse housing complex, which became a focal point for relief efforts after Sandy knocked out its independent generators and stranded residents as high up as 23 floors. The synagogue itself, however, was barely touched – a little holiday miracle for congregants.
Thanks to Gabrielle Shnayderman for the tip.
Correction (12/13/2012): The original version of the post indicated that the synagogue suffered extreme damage during Sandy. In fact, that was a nearby synagogue, and the Warbasse congregation only took two to three inches of water. We apologize for the confusion.