This Is Where We Used to Pray

The storm has long passed, but the horrors it left behind still remain. This heartbreaking new video from Odyssey Networks tells the story of West End Temple in Neponsit, NY, which was badly damaged when Hurricane Sandy whipped through the area. In a walk-through of the water-logged synagogue, volunteers – including the rabbi, president, and staff – are moved to tears when they speak of the congregation’s history and membership.

Says Rabbi Marjorie Slome, the temple’s spiritual leader, “This is a very resilient community, and for that I feel grateful.”

If you would like to donate to West End Temple’s rebuilding efforts, please visit

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Kate Bigam

About Kate Bigam

Kate Bigam is the URJ's Social Media and Community Manager. Prior to this, she served as a Congregational Representative for the URJ's East District and at the Religious Action Center as Press Secretary and as an Eisendrath Legislative Assistant. Kate resides in Northeast Ohio.

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