HAPPY NEW YEAR - B'NAI SALTAIRE OBSERVES JEWISH NEW YEAR IN A CATHOLIC CHURCH & A YACHT CLUB!
Text & photos by Jeannie Lieberman
A note from Break Fast organizer:
Laurie and Jim Oestreich are the spritual leaders and conducted a beautiful service for Yom Kippur. The service was conducted in Saltaire's Catholic Church, Our Lady Star of the Sea. Karen Strauss played the harp, Barbara Stein and Greatneck Richmond sang Kol Nidre and played their guitars.
There were several hundred Fire Islanders in attendance a the Yom Kippur Service at Our Lady Star of the Sea. Emilie and Herb Klagsbrun donated and arranged the beautiful flowers that graced the service, and have done so for many years in memory of their son.
Over 130 attended the Break the Fast celebration on Saturday night at the Saltaire Yacht Club.
The Klezmer Music was provided by Ismail Butera from the band "Hot Postromis"
At the Break the Fast Letty Pogrobin led the Havdalah service. Our shofar blower was Morgan Wolfe, who as joined by his family, Stacey and Steve and Hanna Wolfe. Stacey donated and designed all the beautiful flowers and linens for the festive table decor.
All the following people helped with the dinner:
Judy Terk, Jodi Appleman, Meryl Poster, Laurie Oestreich, Stacey Wolfe, Aaron Malinsky, Laura Nowak, Andi Epstein, Joyce Magid.
It takes a village
We gathered to worship here, at Our Lady Star of the Sea, a rare opportunity for many of us who had never been to a Catholic church and we were grateful for our temporary home (our usual haven, Saint Andrew by the Sea, was too small to accommodate the unusually sized assemblage which included many from Kismet and Fair Harbor - where they held Rosh Hashana services in their firehouse).
admiring the beautiful stained glass windows
Emilie and Herb Klagsbrun donated and arranged the beautiful flowers that graced the service,
BREAK FAST organizers: Randie Malinsky
.and Judy Terk
Stacey donated and designed all the beautiful flowers and linens for the festive table decor adorned with flowers, wine, the challah, the candles - gorgeous
but most important: THE FOOD
so much to talk about
and more talking...
but it was family and friends night
® Letty Cottin Pogrobin, my fellow Brandeis schoolmate, who looks, amazingly, much the same
The Kismet contingent:
Kismetics: Helene, me, Dutch, Sharon
Chivalry Saltaire Style: Ben Terk came to the rescue of 4 Kismetics at the bar who were told they must have a membership card to pay for their drinks - later another member offered to treat them for drinks but they were satiated with the great food and reluctant but gratefully passed. Nice folk, these Salteens - will spread the word.
and there was marvelous klezmer music
how much was that??????
It was a beautiful occasion, full of the warmth of a communal celebration of the Jewish New Year and the pleasure (relief) of ending the day long fast with fabulous Jewish "soul food": bagels & lox with a shmear, smoked whitefish, sturgeon, pickled herring in cream sauce, and, later, halvah on each table, rugelach and so much more - YUM.topped off with the "soul music" of a klezmer band playing the traditional old world Yiddish songs your "bubba" used to sing.
As a visiting neighbor from Kismet I must remark that the friendliness of the "Salteens" was welcoming and genuine. It was a pleasure and a privilege to be included.
May this good feeling infuse our communities for the year to come. L'Shana Tovah!