Hurricane Sandy had major effects on many communities across the Eastern seaboard. Millions were left in the dark with no power, no heat, and some form of property damage. Some communities were impacted much worse than others. Unfortunately, Belle Harbor was one of the hardest hit areas.

The storm destroyed nearly every home in Belle Harbor and left the numerous shuls in the community devastated. Though massive funds clearly were needed for renovation and to help suffering families, most of its residents were busy repairing their own homes and could not devote the energy or drive to accomplish such a task. But with the faith, tenacity, and unity that are the hallmarks of this remarkable community, the children who had grown up in Belle Harbor–and still consider it “home” no matter where they live–came to the rescue.

Through their efforts, Congregation Ohab Zedek–recently reopened but not yet rebuilt–will host the Rebuild Belle Harbor Hurricane Sandy Relief Concert, a vibrant, inspiring event with Benny Friedman, Aryeh Kunstler, The Rambam Choir, and special guest Shloime Dachs performing. For those unable to attend, contributions to the fundraiser can also be made through the website.

Bring your family and help rebuild a beautiful community. The Belle Harbor “kids” will be happy to greet you. Congregation Ohab Zedek is located at 134-01 Rockaway Beach Blvd., Belle Harbor, NY 11694 The concert will take place on Sunday, June 23, at 11:00 a.m. Tickets cost $54, $36, $18 at the door or purchase at For more information, e-mail or call 201-308-5580. v


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