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Letter: The Community Synagogue Clergy: Connecting a Community

Over the last decade, Rabbi Irwin Zeplowitz and Cantor Claire Franco have dedicated themselves to further enhancing an already wonderful congregation as well as giving back to the town of Port Washington. Families are welcomed, friends are embraced, lives are enriched. These encounters are the cornerstones that make up The Community Synagogue. On May 11, The Community Synagogue honored Rabbi Z and Cantor Franco for their Decade of Dedication.

Rabbi Zeplowitz feels lucky to be a part of this town. He knows Port Washington is a community that embraces people when they come here, making them feel a part of a special place. Rabbi Z and Cantor Claire have dedicated their time to achieving just that. Cantor Franco has said that if she ever decided to give up her role as cantor, she’d always feel confident that her family belongs here. Over the last 10 years, Cantor Franco knows the synagogue has achieved a true sense of community.

That communal sense is the thread that makes up the fabric that is The Community Synagogue. Rabbi Z and Cantor Franco have been at the heart of the synagogue for the past 10 years, working with the rest of the leaders and staff, to educate, lead and create a welcoming, warm environment. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting Rabbi Z, you know how genuinely gracious and open he is. To the people of our community and the synagogue, he is not just a Rabbi but a mentor, a teacher, and friend who is always there to listen with a smile and an open mind. He opens your mind to consider those around you and to be the best person that you can be.

Cantor Franco brings not only an incredible and beautiful voice to the synagogue, but her sincerity and warmth truly shine through in everything she does. She is an amazing teacher who loves sharing and involving the younger generation of children in the music. She makes the experience one you will never forget.

Hayley Byer, Congregant