Regarding the June 17 article concerning the Teaneck Jewish Center, your reporter writes, “[Rabbi Lawrence] Zierler and [the synagogue’s president, Eva Lynn] Gans said they hoped that now that the synagogue is fully Orthodox, participants in other programs at the Jewish Center will consider becoming members.”
This is really the central point that has caused so much pain for long-time members of the synagogue. Why could there not be a separate service for congregants still wanting a Conservative service without a mechitza? Could it really be true that new Orthodox members would not join if such a service were occurring in another part of the building? If so, that’s something called intolerance. I have to hope that would not have been the case, but we’ll never know. Unfortunately, this decision has been made with no regard for the elderly members of the synagogue, members for 40 to 50 years who once walked to their services on Shabbat and holidays, who now must find somewhere else to belong.