Synagogue flooded before Rosh Hashanah services

September 17, 2012 5:06:27 PM PDT
The music was the same, so were the words and prayers, the place, however was quite different.

Members of the Jewish Center of Island Park celebrated the holiest day of the Jewish calendar in the parish hall of Sacred Heart Church.

"I think it's a sign just how if people work together, and there's no separation between religions really we're all one people," said Steven Diamond of the Jewish Center of Island Park.

Sometime over the weekend, a pipe burst in the synagogue just down the street flooding it with about six inches of water.

When members arrived on Sunday, less than 24 hours to Rosh Hashanah services, they saw the damage. They immediately contacted Pastor John Tutone and asked if the church had any space they could use.

"The fire department came, the parishioners came, and they cleaned the bathroom floors, kitchen and got the place in order so we could have company," said Pastor Tutone, "I just hope they don't open any closets, because we tossed a lot of stuff in closets the way you do when company comes."

The synagogue members are nothing but appreciative house guests. To them, this entire situation is far from unexpected.

"Did I think there was anything unusual? Honestly I did not. It's something I would expect to happen here," said synagogue member Lydia Galeon.

Get Eyewitness News Delivered

Facebook | Twitter | Newsletters | Text Alerts