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Temple Adas Israel Breaks Ground On Synagogue Renovation

In Judaism, the holiday Shavuot celebrates the Israelites receiving the Torah after trekking for seven weeks through the desert — an arduous journey from Egypt to Mount Sinai, as the tale goes.

And so, it was only appropriate, and complete happenstance, that the groundbreaking ceremony for Temple Adas Israel’s renovation — a project decades in the making — fell on the same day this year.

Dozens of congregants gathered under a tent outside of the Sag Harbor temple on Sunday morning — many for the first time since COVID-19 landed on the East End — to commemorate the start of a new era for the oldest synagogue on Long Island, standing since 1898 as a symbol of resilience, but now much in need of a renovation.

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Temple Adas Israel Is Home for a Congregation

Now known as Temple Adas Israel, the oldest synagogue on Long Island stands as a metaphor for the Jewish experience, one of resilience and overcoming the most impossible of odds. It is a theme passed down through the generations as both a practical tool in everyday life and, above all, the faith that Jewish existence is not accidental, insignificant or trite.

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Clergy See a Way Forward

According to recent Pew Research Center studies, the United States has experienced slight but steady declines in the overall number of Americans who say they believe in God — lining up with findings that American adults under age 40 are less likely to pray, attend church services and identify with any religion than their elders, threatening the future of organized religion.

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