Members of the Temple Beth Shalom Synagogue in Florida and the Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County assembled alongside community members, Town officials and the Police Departments of Warwick and Florida, service members, scouts, members of the Bruderhof Bellvale Community and Sikh communities, along with clergy from dozens of other religious congregations to attend a service of “solidarity and healing” at the Beth Shalom Cemetery, located at 108-152 Spanktown Rd. in Florida. The gathering was held on Sun., Oct. 16 in response to the recent desecration of the cemetery.
Healing From the Hurt & Hate
As the community reeled from the recent desecration of the Temple Beth Shalom Cemetery entrance, which was reported by Warwick Police to temple president Jon Gottlieb on Sun., Oct. 9, just days before Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year, many people find it difficult to believe that they still live in a world fueled with so much ignorance and hate. Some are finding it harder to accept that this could happen within such a tight knit community, where vandalism and hate crimes are rarely heard of.
A huge show of support was shown to the Jewish Congregation on Sunday. Approximately five hundred people and children gathered in solidarity at the defaced gates of the Jewish Cemetery. They showed deep respect for all those who are laid to rest there and they remembered the lives of so many who were lost during the Holocaust.
To read the full story, written by Lourice Angie, pick up a copy of the Oct. 19 issue of the Warwick Valley Dispatch. The Dispatch is available by subscription. To subscribe call 845-986-2216 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.