Dear Chisuk Emuna family,
As you probably know, there was an accidental fire at the synagogue on Friday evening. No one was hurt but the building suffered major damage. The sanctuary was gutted. The Torahs in the chapel were removed on Friday night and are temporarily residing at Kesher Israel. The Torahs in the sanctuary were removed on Saturday morning and taken to the JCC. These Torahs were damaged and, at this time, we are not sure to what extent.
The response from the community has been fantastic. The JCC hosted our Shabbat services and are offering office space and ongoing support.
I want to commend the Harrisburg and surrounding fire departments that responded to the 3-alarm blaze. The firemen and women were incredibly respectful and sensitive to our concerns and desire to rescue the Torahs. We are also grateful to Mayor Steven Reed and Police Chief Kellar and his officers.
I will keep you updated as to the status of the building and the next steps. We may have lost our physical home for a while but our real home lies in the relationships between the members of our congregation.
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Thank you for being part of the Chisuk Emuna family.
Stan Schneider, President