|Rosh Chodesh davening at the Old Broadway Synagogue|
Photograph by Viviana Perretti
We are delighted to announce, that after 13 years, we finally have a rabbi! Rabbi Moskowitz came to us through the recommendation of Rabbi David Merkin of Torah Umesorah and we are grateful to the organization for a generous grant that enabled us to hire Rabbi Moskowitz. From their first day, Rabbi and Mrs. Moskowitz have invested their seemingly boundless energies in expanding both the congregation and the Torah learning within it. Shortly after being hired, the Moskowitzes found an apartment a few blocks away from the shul, and Rabbi Moskowitz immediately increased the number of divrei Torah and derashos given on Shabbos. He also initiated weekday shiurim in addition to Rabbi Fridman’s longstanding Sunday morning shiur.
Rabbi Moskowitz has moreover, been making contacts to elevate the standing of the shul within the Jewish community. He is developing connections with other local rabbis and Jewish institutions such as Manhattan Day School and the West Side Kollel. He is also reaching out to City College and to the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, which is located on 125th Street in central Harlem. And, following in Rabbi Kret’s footsteps, Rabbi Moskowitz is cultivating relationships with the Columbia-Barnard Yavneh Minyan and with the Jewish Theological Seminary.
The Moskowitzes have been actively reaching out to Jews in Harlem and Morningside Heights. In addition to the shiurim, Rabbi and Mrs. Moskowitz host many people from Harlem and Morningside Heights for Shabbos dinner every week. All of these efforts are already paying off. Attendance at all of the services has noticeably improved even within this short period. More families are participating, and many more children are coming as well.
I am also pleased to report that the exterior restoration work is proceeding nicely. This project includes repointing the façade and parts of the northern and eastern walls of the shul. The project will also restore the purple stained glass window in the eastern (back) façade and it will replace all four back exit doors with new kalamein (steel clad) doors equipped with emergency exit hardware. At the end of the project, the fire escapes will be scraped and repainted. As mentioned in a previous letter, at the request of the New York Landmarks Conservancy, the scope of the work was extended beyond what was previously envisioned. The exterior of the building will be in much better shape as a result.
I am delighted to share these developments, and we are committed to doing everything we can to keep up the momentum. In order to do so however, we very much need your help. We would like to raise enough money so that we can comfortably pay Rabbi Moskowitz’s salary, not only this year, but next year as well. Within a few years, we anticipate that with a greater number of congregants, raising this money will be easier. For now, however, your support will be very much appreciated.
We will also need your help to complete the exterior restoration. The original cost for the project was approximately $65,000, and we actually raised close to that amount of money. Now that the work has been expanded, we will need to bring in an additional $15,000. With this as well, we need to count on you.
Accordingly, we ask you to remember us in your year-end giving. To enable the shul to pay for Rabbi Moskowitz both this year and next, and to help us complete the exterior restoration of the building, please send a check to the synagogue at the address below.
Your contribution will also help cover operating costs, as well as programmatic expenses, which include kiddush every week, High Holiday chazzanim, Purim and Chanukah parties, holiday dinners and new furniture in the basement to make it child-friendly and safe.
Checks may be made payable to the Old Broadway Synagogue and sent to the shul at 15 Old Broadway, New York, NY 10027.
If you wish, you can also give online. Click here to make a secure online contribution.
We thank you in advance for your support. Your help makes it possible for us to maintain our historic synagogue, offer our services and programming, and be a beacon of warmth and Yiddishkeyt in Upper Manhattan.
Warm wishes for a freylikhn, likhtikn Chanukah,
Old Broadway Synagogue
Chevra Talmud Torah Anshei Marovi