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Our 100th Anniversary Celebration
A near-capacity crowd of members, friends, neighbors, and dignitaries helped Temple Israel
mark its 100th Anniversary Centennial celebration on Saturday, September 17, 2011. The
morning went flawlessly, just as planned by Vice President Jaime Siegel and his committee
of hard workers. Rabbi Siemers presided over a lovely Shabbat service in the newly
renovated sanctuary, specially completed just in the time for this event. Services were
followed by speeches of congratulations from dignitaries, including State Assemblyman
Dan Losquadro, Suffolk County Legislator Ed Romaine, Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean
Walter, and a representative from Governor Cuomo’s office. All had proclamations of
congratulations declaring September 17, 2011 as ‘Temple Israel of Riverhead Day.’
The celebration culminated as we all adjourned downstairs to the social hall to enjoy a
sumptuous lunch of cold cuts, salads, and cake, followed by a presentation on early
life in Riverhead delivered by Shep Scheinberg.
For many, it was the first opportunity to view the completion of the first stage of our temple
renovation, planned and executed by Robert Brown, Richard Israel, and Herbert Israel,
among many others. The refinished and spruced-up sanctuary seemed more light, airy, and
spacious than ever before; restored to maintain the traditional décor, while ensuring that
everything looks ‘like new.’
It was a morning and an event which will be long remembered by all those who attended.
Sincere thanks to all who worked so long, hard, and tirelessly to make it happen.
Read our history as told by historian Carol Levin.
Jewish World article.
Riverhead News Review article.