Anton Community Newspapers  •  132 East 2nd Street  •  Mineola, NY 11501  •  Phone: 516-747-8282  •  FAX: 516-742-5867
Intended comprare kamagra senza ricetta company.
Attention: open in a new window. PDFPrintE-mail

Jewish Center Ages Well

For the past year, Manetto Hill Jewish Center (MHJC), a progressive Conservative synagogue in Plainview, has been celebrating its 45th birthday. And members — both long-timers and new ones — are comfortable in its skin.

A small, but growing synagogue, its motto “large enough to serve you, small enough to know you,” has been embraced by its 200-family congregation. Ronni Mordechai, a mother of two young adult children from Levittown, joined MHJC three years ago.

“My husband and I found a community, of caring people who shared our values, that we didn’t have before,” she said. “From the moment we stepped foot in the door, we felt welcomed, appreciated and wanted. Especially my husband, Shlomo, who is a regular worshipper and pretty darn handy with a hammer and paintbrush.”

Lisa Fogelson agrees. Two years ago, she and her husband, Jason, started a monthly Shabbat and Me program for parents and children two-years-old and under. This year, they started a Shabbat Tots program for older children. They provide fun, educational services with puppets and musical instruments. They even spearheaded a unique, musical children’s service open to the community on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year and one of the holiest days in the Jewish calendar.

“As a new mother, I was looking for an egalitarian synagogue, one that would nurture our son and truly make him and us feel welcome,” Fogelson said. “We also wanted to make sure he would receive a quality Jewish education leading up to and after his bar mitzvah. Manetto Hill has more than met our expectations. We found an extended family here.”

Following the retirement of its long-term and beloved Rabbi Morris Bernstein five years ago, the synagogue board decided to take advantage of the transition and engage in strategic planning. Headed by then-president Larry Kurtzman, himself the son of MHJC founding members, a large committee was formed, comprised of a diverse group of congregants.

“We balance the advantages of traditional and progressive aspects of Jewish life,” said Kurtzman. “We revised our mission to reflect who we are today: a Conservative, egalitarian warm synagogue that creates an inviting home for the lifelong spiritual, educational and fellowship needs of our members and the community at large. We truly care about our members and the entire Jewish community.”

Major strides were made in attracting new members, raising more funds, improving its Hebrew school, and continuing its active community programming. A special and extremely affordable dues structure, including free Hebrew school, was initiated to attract new members and young families.

“It’s never been more exciting to be part of Manetto Hill,” said Harvey Cohen, ritual committee chairperson and a long-time pillar of the MHJC community.

“What makes a synagogue? Is it the building, the sanctuary? The number of Torah scrolls? The rabbi? No, it’s the congregation,” Cohen answers his own question. “And nothing gives me more satisfaction than walking through our halls and seeing the diversity and spirit of our members, young and old, breaking bread together, planning a program together, learning together, and praying together. I am thankful for this congregation’s leadership, humanitarianism and warmth.”

Rabbi David Senter replaced Rabbi Bernstein, but recently decided that New England promises a better quality of life for his family than Long Island can offer. The synagogue has just begun a search for a new spiritual leader.

“Plainview has one of the most vibrant Jewish communities in the country, and MHJC’s membership is inspiring, caring and thriving. We have no doubt that we will find the right rabbi who is both drawn to Long Island and to our very special congregation,” said Mark Hirsch, MHJC president. “A competitive salary package helps,” he adds.

In the meantime there is plenty to do at MHJC. Recently its sisterhood hosted a community crafts fair. In the coming weeks, members will be recognized with a member appreciation barbeque. Additionally, members and non-members can participate in game days, hear guest speakers, and participate in an instrumental Friday night musical Shabbat service once a month. For more information, call 516-935-5454.

News

Founded in 1995 by owner Bruce Grossman, the Cultural Arts Playhouse of Plainview is a year round, regional, off-off Broadway-style theater that has produced over 500 productions including educational and touring shows. It is also located in Roslyn Heights and Wantagh.

Named as one of Long Island’s Best Live Theaters, the theater serves more than 20,000 people each year with its professional adult productions, children’s theater performances, and theater education classes for ages 7-18. Artistic Director Tony Frangipane took time out of his busy schedule to talk theater.

There’s no question that Halloween is a holiday for the kids. But what about the kids that can’t enjoy it normally because they have severe allergies? That’s when “The Teal Pumpkin Project” steps in to help.

“The Teal Pumpkin Project is designed to promote safety, inclusion and respect of individuals managing food allergies – and to keep Halloween a fun, positive experience for all,” said Plainview resident Heather Alberti, whose five year old son, Nathan, has a life threatening allergy to peanuts and tree nuts.


Calendar

Movie: The Fault in Our Stars

Wednesday, October 29

Free Flu-Vaccines

Thursday, October 30

Family History Workshop

Sunday, November 2



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com