Months Later, New Hyde Park Temple nevertheless Trying To Make Repairs Due To…

Months Later, New Hyde Park Temple nevertheless Trying To Make Repairs Due To…

NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — The remnants of Hurricane Ida barreled by New York in September. A synagogue located in a low-lying area of Long Island suddenly found itself swamped in 6 feet of water.

Now, months later, it is nevertheless trying to retrieve, CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan reported Wednesday.

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The spiritual home for 250 families of Temple Tikvah in New Hyde Park is trying to retrieve from unheard of shock.

Rabbi Randy Sheinberg and temple president Andrea Comerchero showed CBS2 the devastation from the remnants of Ida.

Most of the temple was drowning in floodwaters. Fish swam down Hillside method from a nearby pond. A beloved sanctuary was destroyed.

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“My grandparents were founding members of this building in the 1950s and my parents were married here. My husband and I were married here. My children were mitzvahed here,” Comerchero said.

Remediation crews calculate $1 million in damage and more millions to remove mold, asbestos and rebuild.

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“It’s a enormous undertaking. So much damage here. We’ve never seen something like this before,” said Eric Magnuson of IPM Corp. Remediation.

The temple, which is located in a slight valley, found itself surrounded by water from Ida.

“I tear up because it has just been a tremendous blow,” Sheinberg said. “I’ve been rabbi of this congregation for 18 years.”

Three nearby temples are offering space for displaced congregants to meet and keep up sets, as Tikvah fundraises, prays for donations, and applies for emergency funds amid fears that the congregation may have to sell the building.

“We are going by the time of action of FEMA. Unfortunately, we don’t know what that will provide,” Comerchero said.

The information “tikvah” method “hope” in Hebrew, filling the temple’s leadership and members with optimism that they will be able to rededicate their synagogue sometime in the new year.

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“Part of my job is to keep the community together, to keep us maintaining our hope. And at the same time, we are grieving,” Sheinberg said.

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