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Helping the children of West End Temple

West End Temple is a neighborhood community center, open to all local residents. Over 200 children walk through its doors every week, not only to attend the best nursery school on the peninsula, or its terrific religious school, but West End Temple is also home to Brownies, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, JCCRP Youth Basketball clinics, Kinder-Jocks SportsTM soccer clinics, Lego Camp, Tot Drop-In Center, and a children’s art program.

It is urgent that we help these children who have lost so much return to a sense of the familiar, to reunite them with the teachers and classes and programs that they love.

As a first step we want to reopen our Educational wing, and we need your help to do so. While we were lucky to have some flood insurance it’s very clear that it will not cover a great portion of the destruction caused by Sandy.

Your donation will not only help restore a venerable community institution, but will also mean so much to the daily lives of the young children of the neighborhood. With the educational wing reopened, they can begin to regain a sense that their world, turned upside down by Sandy, is returning to “normal.” They need to be able to come together with their friends, in their community, to learn and to play.

If you’d like to make a donation, click on the photo below and you’ll be taken to our secure website:

Sanctuary - December, 2012

Donation details…

The Union of Reform Judaism (URJ) has set up a fund to help West End Temple and its congregants, as both were devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Everyone in the community had significant damage to houses, possessions, and cars.

Many of West End Temple’s congregants are in need: Figuring out where to send their kids to school, where to get to a hot meal, etc. The synagogue, which is central to the well being of the community, was under four feet of water, and basically destroyed – office, library, sanctuary, computers, walls, floors, carpets, sound system, windows, and much more.

Please give what you can by clicking on this link to the URJ’s secure website.

Then, go to the link specifically mentioning WEST END TEMPLE.

These people will rebuild their lives, but they need your help.

Sanctuary – December, 2012

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West End Temple Celebrated Hanukkah/Shabbat

Because so many made it happen:

  • Rabbi Bob Loewy and Gates of Prayer, Metairie, Louisiana for helping to underwrite the Hanukkah / Shabbat dinner.
  • Congregation Rodeph Sholom Religious School, Manhattan and its families for decorations and goodie bags.
  • Tammy and Anthony Marino and friends in Sugarbush TX for toys – in memory of Tammy’s uncle Nat Lieberman.
  • And generous donations of gift cards from
    • Temple Solel Hollywood FL
    • Congregation Mishkan Israel, Hamden CT
    • Congregation Beth Ahabah, Richmond VA
    • Reform on Campus/Men of Reform Judaism
photo by Val Coleman

Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers!

A very heartfelt THANK YOU to all the amazing organizations that have donated their time to help clean up West End Temple!

Congregation Beth Elohim, Brooklyn

Temple Beth Emeth V’ohr Progressive Shaari Tzedek, Brooklyn

Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, Manhattan

B’nai Jeshurun, Manhattan

Temple Emanuel, Manhattan

Woodlands Community Temple, Greenburgh

Brooklyn Heights Synagogue, Brooklyn

Temple Beth Abraham, Tarrytown

Rodeph Sholom, Manhattan

Kane Street Synagogue, Brooklyn

Hollis Hills Jewish Center, Queens

Community Synagogue of Port Washington

Central Synagogue, Manhattan



UJA/Federation NYC


Bard College

Speaker Quinn’s office



Yeshiva University

Church of the Latter Day Saints


Rabbi Joseph I Weiss Sanctuary

The Sylvane Room