Hundreds fill Temple Beth-El for annual Sabbath event
FEBRUARY 3, 2014
Nearly 300 people attended the Jewish Federation’s
community-wide Sabbath service (Photos by Emily Blackwood).
BY EMILY BLACKWOOD
| STAFF WRITER
Nearly 300 people filled the synagogue at Temple Beth-El Friday, for its
31st-annual, community-wide Sabbath service.
The event welcomed Jews from all synagogues.
Gloria Max, executive director of the local Jewish Federation, said
being able to mingle with other members is important due to the size of
Jewish community in Volusia and Flagler counties.
“Our Jewish population is very tiny,” Max said. “We don’t have thousands
of members like some of the churches do, so it is nice when a group of
people get together and see each other. It gives the congregants from
other temples a change to hear another rabbi give a service.”
That rings true for Jews like Sara Bronshtien, who says she attends
mostly for the social aspect.
“It is like a reunion,” said Bronshtien. “That is the reason we are
here, to meet people.”
In planning the event, the Jewish Federation usually arranges for an
outside guest speaker; however, this year’s speaker was already
Rabbi Barry Altman, of Temple Beth-El, will be ending his 38-year career
this year. He had the floor all to himself on Friday.
“When I first came here, I was just like a baby,” Altman reminisced
before the service. “I am leaving one facet and I am entering into
another. I’ve always taught at Stetson as a faculty, and I’m expanding
As for the day’s diversity, participants said they enjoyed intertwining
with other local synagogues.
“It is all part of a Jewish community,” said Mark Rubin, board member
for the Jewish Federation. “We get together once in a while and pray
together. It’s important for community solidarity.”
Rabbis and members of the local Jewish Federation gather
for a photo before the annual service.
The Social Service Council of the Jewish Federation of Volusia &
Flagler Counties, Inc. was established as a separate reporting
committee in 1981 in response to a growing community need. This
was demonstrated by an increasing number of requests for
assistance made by individuals and families relating to
financial stress, care of the aged, child welfare and other
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