Saturday, November 26, 2005

Lakewood shul turns 100

Lakewood's shul, Sons of Israel, celebrates 100 years!

A.P.P. : the spring of 1905, Congregation Sons of Israel was formally incorporated.Now, a century of bar mitzvahs, weddings and funerals later, the legacy of those first families is cemented as Sons of Israel marks its 100th anniversary."In all humility, we are the first Orthodox institution in Ocean County and Lakewood," Rabbi Shmuel Tendler said in an interview this week. "It's something we take pride in."
It's a particular note of distinction in Lakewood, which has morphed from a quiet community with one formal shul in 1905 to a world-reknowned destination for Torah scholars who want to study at Beth Medrash Govoha.
BMG, as the rabbinical college centered around Private Way and Sixth Street is known to many, has long since become the focal point for most of Lakewood's 6,500 Orthodox families."They are the driving force," said Tendler, who studied at the college for 15 years. "We owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude. The entire community does."...

Two of Lakewood's other long-standing temples are debating their futures.
Congregation Ahavat Shalom, a Conservative synagogue, is said to be in discussions to sell its building and property at Forest Avenue and 10th Street, although Rabbi Lee Paskind has repeatedly declined to comment on any sale.
And Temple Beth Am, a Conservative synagogue, turned down an offer last month to sell its building and merge with Temple Beth Shalom of Dover Township...
posted by Yeshiva Orthodoxy
at 6:06 PM


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