2004-09-03 / Seniors

Havurat Yisrael Of Forest Hills Starts New Building

Rabbi David Algaze and his congregation, Havurat Yisrael of Forest Hills, will break ground for the new Center for Jewish Life on Sunday, September 12 at noon at the synagogue’s original site, 106-20 70th Ave. between Austin Street and Queens Boulevard. Festivities will include music, refreshments, and addresses by local politicians and communal leaders. Honey and apples for the new year will be distributed to children. The community is welcome. Admission is free.

Havurat Yisrael is a small but passionate congregation whose original building was destroyed in a construction accident six years ago. The congregation has stayed together, wandering amongst temporary locations, and has finally obtained a legal settlement and building permits. Havurat Yisrael is unique in opening its doors to all Jews. The synagogue is breaking ground the Sunday before this Rosh Hashanah so that by the next Jewish new year, all Jews in the community will have a welcoming place to pray.

Havurat Yisrael is an inclusive Orthodox Jewish community defined by its love for Torah, respect for rabbinic tradition, and devotion to Israel. For more than 20 years, Havurat’s unique and highly successful center for outreach was responsible for bringing back thousands of Jews to Judaism. A few minutes before a Shabbat in 1998 the Buildings Department came into the synagogue, posted an order to vacate the building, and locked the doors. Hopes of returning to the original location are kindled anew with a legal settlement and building permits now in hand.

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