It’s happening this Sunday, and everyone will be there.
Approximately 50 shuls and 20 schools from across the community are preparing to join the Unity and Gratitude Hakaras HaTov event, slated to begin at 2:00 p.m. this Sunday, October 27, one year after Superstorm Sandy.
Time may have dulled the effects, but those nightmarish moments remain vivid in our memories: the rising waves, the terrified calls, the abject fear, the helplessness . . .
We haven’t forgotten. And now it’s time to give thanks.
The storm left our community devastated physically, financially, and emotionally–but, miraculously, with no loss of life amongst us. And just as we pulled together as a community to rebuild what was lost, we gather as a community to express our heartfelt gratitude over what was miraculously salvaged.
Yeshiva Sh’or Yoshuv, the venue which brings back so many bittersweet Sandy memories, is being outfitted with special seating arrangements to accommodate the overflow crowds. Every one of us was a grateful beneficiary of Hashem’s compassion that night. Every one of us can and should take the time to say a proper thank-you.
The program itself has been designed to be short, uplifting, and inspiring. Rabbi Fischel Schachter, a speaker universally beloved by adults and children alike, will present a brief keynote address, followed by the public recital of Tehillim led by rabbanim representing each segment of the community. The event will include a special musical presentation by renowned singers Eitan Katz (a talented local who was personally affected by Sandy) and Boruch Levine, as well as a special surprise presentation by a young member of the community. For additional details, please see Pages 24—25 of this issue.
The rabbanim and principals involved in the event are overwhelmed by the sheer electricity of the achdus already generated by this, a unified, public display of hakaras ha’tov.
The storm will forever be seared onto our collective memories. We were all there. And now, one year later, we will all be there, once again–together. Join us. v