Friday, 14 December 2012 00:00We’d like to take this opportunity to recognize and thank everyone who joined together at North Shore Synagogue to assist in our relief efforts in November following Superstorm Sandy and the nor’easter that followed.
The power at North Shore Synagogue was restored relatively early in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and immediately NSS became a warming center and shelter for the entire community. The outpouring of help from congregants, volunteers, lay leaders and suppliers was swift and without hesitation. NSS extends its deepest thanks and appreciation to all who helped.
The effort started with outreach to let the community know that NSS was open as a community warming center. Anyone needing a warm place to stay, a spot to charge devices, hot breakfast, lunch and dinner, or warm clothing, was welcome and many who were without power or whose homes had been damaged by the storm came to the synagogue. The synagogue library became a quiet place for families to watch movies and check in with friends and family on computers.
The generosity of spirit from the entire Syosset family was an amazing sight to see. Synagogue members took it up on themselves to prepare hot meals and brought in large trays of food, everything from hot breakfasts to fresh salmon dinners. Del-Mir Caterers began serving three hot meals and snacks daily. All of the regular NSS vendors were asked to help and each and every one of them did so, with great generosity.
For two weeks, the synagogue/warming center opened at 9 a.m. and closed at 10 p.m., except for two nights when the synagogue became a shelter for a small group who had nowhere warm to sleep.
This was a wonderful community effort, a shining example of how much a faith-based center can serve when disaster strikes. Our staff, members, vendors and volunteers all came together and we are so grateful to everyone.
Donations of warm clothing that were originally intended for the “War against Cold” campaign were brought to Long Beach. Clothing donations continue to come in at unprecedented levels and are still being brought to other communities in need.
While many members have had their power restored and life is slowly returning back to normal, NSS continues to collect pillows, blankets and warm clothing for those in other communities where the need is still great. To make a donation, drop offs can be brought to the synagogue at 83 Muttontown Road, Syosset, NY 11791. For any questions, call Amy Schwach at 921-2282.
Rabbi Deborah Bravo
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 00:00
During its April and May meetings, the Birchwood Civic Association welcomed Board of Education members and candidates from the Syosset School District, as well as Board of Education members and administrators from the Jericho School District to discuss budget proposals and issues facing the districts. The BCA voted to endorse both the Syosset and Jericho budgets, as well as the Jericho Library budget, acknowledging that all made a strong effort to retain programs while staying below the state tax levy cap. In addition, the BCA voted in support of Jericho's Proposition 2 regarding the establishment of a capital reserve fund. The Syosset Library budget was not reviewed.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
Susan Parker, a resident of Syosset for 24 years, is running for a trustee seat on the Syosset Board of Education.
A mother of three and employee of the Syosset Fire District for the past seven years, Parker has been an active PTA member for the past 21 years on a local and county level. Parker received her BS from SUNY Binghampton and her MBA from Boston University. Parker says she has two “gainfully employed” graduates of the school district, and a son currently attending Syosset High School.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
The Syosset Braves varsity boys lacrosse team (7-1) were victorious over the Plainview JFK Hawks (5-3) last Friday afternoon, 12-5 in Conference I play. The Braves are the number two seed going into the playoffs, and the Hawks are the number six seed.
Ending the first two periods with a 6-2 lead, the Braves’ defense reduced Plainview’s potential comeback to only one goal, while Syosset scored four.
Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00
Monmouth University sophomore Ashley Sandler of Jericho was named Northeast Conference tennis co-player of the week in April. The Syosset High School grad earned her second career league honor after posting a 4-0 record, including a 3-0 NEC mark, in a week that saw the Blue and White go 3-1.
Sandler did not drop a game in rolling to a 6-0, 6-0 win over La Salle’s Allison Amrein then stopped Wagner’s Rachel Jurgielewicz, 6-0, 6-4. Sandler edged the Mount’s Renee Deane in a marathon three-set affair, winning 6-2, 3-6, 13-11 and ended her week with another 6-0, 6-0 victory, this time over St. Francis’(Brooklyn) Akuila Edwards.