PHOTOS: We’ve all heard much about the terrible damage sustained by communities during the recent hurricane. Perhaps one of the hardest hit, yet least publicized communities, was the Yeshiva community of Long Beach, New York. Located in the few blocks that separate the ocean and the bay, the community took the full brunt of the storm, quickly finding itself under several feet of water. As the water receded, Long Beach was left looking much like a war zone, with extreme damage to its entire infrastructure.
Aside from the hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage to a number of the Yeshiva buildings, the Yeshiva was forced to temporarily relocate to upstate New York, no less than eleven Hanhala members have sustained devastating, unrecoverable losses to their homes, their personal property, and belongings. Many of these homes were deluged by over six feet of salty ocean water, leaving them in uninhabitable condition, with tremendous damage to each, totaling over a half of a million dollars.
Presently, due to the severe condition of their homes, the families have been forced to uproot and relocate to surrounding communities (as to be in close proximity to their children’s schools and their places of employment), with the Hanhala members themselves commuting to the Yeshiva’s temporary location in the Catskills. In addition, as you can well imagine, being charged with ensuring the Yeshiva’s future and its over-all continued success, while at the same time attempting to get their own houses rebuilt and their lives back in order, is no easy feat.
Feeling their plight, and wishing in some way to show gratitude to those who have given so much, a number of concerned alumni have undertaken an emergency campaign to help ease their predicament.
“We therefore turn to the entire Lakewood community to help in this worthy endeavor by assisting in the rebuilding process, thus allowing these families to return home and resume their normal daily lives and allowing the Hanhala members to continue in their Avodas Hakodesh undisturbed”, say the organizers.
There will be an Emergency Relief Asifa this Motzei Shabbos, December 1, 2012, at the Yeshiva Ketana Hall, at 8:15 P.M. The event will be graced with the presence of the Rosh HaYeshiva, Hagaon Harav Yitzchok Feigelstock, shlit”a.
Mayor Menashe Miller, a Long Beach alumnus, will chair the event.
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My parents live in Long Beach. Their entire basement had to be gutted. All the furniture and applinces such as their washer/dryer, boiler, hot water heater had to be discarded. Its very very sad.
My heart goes out to all those who have lost so much in the storm. Lakewood is very fortunate to have been spared in relative comparison to some of these communities that have experienced utter destruction.
That’s not a picture of the Yeshiva, is it?
The dormitories & Rebbeim’s homes suffered tremendous damage – please help them recover from their losses & move back!!
it really saddens me to see these pictures & thousands more & see what happened to our own brothers & i really hope everyone will take Hashems wake-up call for teshuva ASAP so nothing else happens C”V
how bad does a situation need to get for a person to start doing teshuva? has it not gotten bad enough with all the past tragedies striking klal yisroel?
if we don’t do teshuva C”V things are just going to go from catastrophic to horrific & destruction C”V
LETS HELP OUR BROTHERS OUT NOW BY sending them whatever we can. from checks to clothing & food etc…
They really need our help. A great makom Torah.
its a picture of a rebbi’s house
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