New City shul dedicates merger of two synagogues
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New City shul dedicates merger of two synagogues

Bruce Yore, left, and David Katz, co-chairs of the congregation’s outreach and engagement committee, hold the Torah scrolls. (Rhonda J Hodas Hack)
Bruce Yore, left, and David Katz, co-chairs of the congregation’s outreach and engagement committee, hold the Torah scrolls. (Rhonda J Hodas Hack)

Congregation Shir Shalom, created by the consolidation of the Montebello Jewish Center and the Nanuet Hebrew Center, dedicated its new community in New City on Sunday, November 28 — the first night of Chanukah.

The dedication began with a meet and mingle and included live music by the Shir Shalom Temple Dudes and Israeli dancing. Speeches by the congregation’s rabbi, Paul Kurland, and its co-presidents, Gail Kaiser and Jeff Schragenheim, were followed by joyous singing and dancing with the Torahs. It concluded with a Chanukah candle lighting, and refreshments, including sufganiyot, provided by the synagogue’s sisterhood and men’s club.

Members of the Temple Dudes, the shul’s unofficial house band, all are affiliated with Shir Shalom and include the congregation’s Cantor Barry Kanarek on keyboard, bass guitar, and vocals, Dr. Ken Blumberg on guitar, vocals, and harmonica, Rose Pollack on flute and supporting vocals, and Bruce Pollack on drums and percussion.

Congregation Shir Shalom is a multigenerational, forward-thinking egalitarian Conservative Jewish center that officially came into being on July 1, 2021. As a congregation, Shir Shalom strives to be welcoming to all, regardless of financial or personal situation. This includes the unaffiliated, intermarried families, people with special needs, and the LGBTIQA+ community.

For more information call (845) 708-9181 or email office@ShirShalomRockland.org.

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