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This week's Torah portion is Parshat Re'eh

Candle Lighting

Friday, Aug 6, 7:57pm


Motzei Shabbat, Aug 7, 8:49pm

Shabbat Mevarchim

Shabbat, Aug 7


Service Schedule
Morning Minyan
Sundays 9:00a (Zoom)
Monday-Friday 8:30a (Zoom)
Shabbat 10:00a (In-Person & Zoom)
Evening Minyan
Sunday-Friday 6:30p (Zoom)
Building Repair Update

As this fiscal year winds down and we have had a chance to reflect on all that has occurred, we want to update you on the effort that has taken place to restore the synagogue’s lower-level post-flood. As you may recall, the basement flooded on June 29th, 2020. Since then, we have had countless meetings and phone calls regarding the basement and how to restore it to a usable space again.  We have relied on many volunteers who have given their specialized knowledge and time to the project. We are pleased to let you know that we have concluded our negotiations with our insurance company. This was not an easy process and though at times we were in opposition, we did receive all that was promised by our policy. We are now moving into the restoration phase of the basement which includes replacement and modernization of the building infrastructure equipment and restoration of the interior. The result will be a warmer and more welcoming environment. The restoration phase is planned for completion before the High Holidays this year.  We will welcome everyone back into the new building to hold our High Holiday services in a post-pandemic, socially distanced, and County-approved method that will hopefully bring most of you here, in-person, to enjoy HTAA and each other.

Our congregation owes thanks to the following individuals for all the efforts made thus far:

Marty Borenstein provided his technical expertise in mechanical systems to ensure that we installed the most efficient and cost-effective infrastructure system
Natalie Cantor provided strategy and tactics in dealing with the County and permitting department, as well as with the insurer.
Ethan Goldrich has navigated us through this crisis with skillful leadership and forward-thinking. He has spearheaded almost every meeting to date between the insurance negotiations and contractors bidding for our repair work, and he has kept the restoration plans moving in a forward direction.
Barb Jaffe literally waded through the post-flood mess to photograph and inventory the entire contents of the basement. She spearheaded the clean-up efforts and has been available to everyone needing access to the site at all hours. She meticulously documented all our losses in a report to the insurance company, which allowed us to recoup as much compensation as possible for the items lost. 
Doug Legum gave us a “real-world, business perspective” and linked us with a first-class General Contractor.
Brent Polkes taught us about the insurance process and gave us guidance on advocating for a maximum benefit.
Laurie Russell has been involved since the water subsided. She has spent innumerable hours familiarizing herself with the architectural drawings and history of repairs to date. She has spearheaded the negotiations with the contractors to formulate a repair plan and ensured that competitive pricing aligned with our restoration goals.
Gary Siegel provided us with the legal guidance necessary at all phases of the project.
Rabbi Suson has provided leadership and support throughout the process.

Upcoming Programs & Events

Torah for Today (ZOOM)
Tuesday, Aug 3 7:00pm
Blood Drive
Wednesday, Aug 4 3:00pm
Sisterhood ZOOM Meeting
Monday, Aug 9 2:00pm
Sisterhood Board ZOOM Meeting
Wednesday, Aug 11 3:00pm
Membership Committee Meeting-Zoom
Thursday, Aug 12 7:00pm

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