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Hundreds fill Temple Beth-El for annual Sabbath event
FEBRUARY 3, 2014

Nearly 300 people attended the Jewish Federation’s annual.
community-wide Sabbath service (Photos by Emily Blackwood).


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 synagogu
es. 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 in-house.

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 my rol

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 personal emergencies.


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