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Temple volunteers help hurricane victims

Volunteers donned safety gear to protect against mold and debris. Pictured, back row: Ben Davidovich, Noah Broder, Joey Zimmerman, Lucas Winson, Michael Pilch, Debbie Landzberg. Front row: Laura Solomon and Lynn Becker.

Fourteen volunteers from Temple Shearith Israel recently spent the day in the Rockaways as part of the Hurricane Sandy relief effort.

Working with two organizations, Occupy Sandy and Respond and Rebuild, the volunteers worked in two houses doing “de-construction” work.

They ripped up flooring, drywall and insulation, used crowbars to remove rotted wood, and shoveled bags of rubble out of the basement of a two-family house.

“It was a long day filled with hard and grimy work,” said coordinator Laura Solomon, “but we know we truly made a difference.”

Some local volunteers, adults and students alike, worked in the distribution center at the site, helping organize the donations received (cleaning supplies, clothing, etc.). “With so many people coming in for food and clothes, our work to sort and straighten was badly needed,” said volunteer Amy Cohen.

The relief effort began with a donation drive organized by the TSI Social Action Committee.

Temple Shearith Israel is located at 46 Peaceable Street. For more information call 203-438-6589 or visit tsiridgefield.org.

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