DSC_0125DSC_0128 (1)DSC_0129 (1)DSC_0127 (1)DSC_0117DSC_0126 (1)• Story and photos by Robert Chartuk

Member s of the Jewish Center of the Moriches celebrated the 50th anniversary of their synagogue on Main Street with a special service with local representatives and residents.
Although there had been Jewish families living in the Moriches Bay area since the early 20th Century, it wasn’t until the evening of January 3, 1945 that a congregation was established, according to event chairperson Larry Kiss.
A local duck farmer, Abe Bernstein (Bernstein Boulevard is named for him), withdrew $100 from the Center Moriches bank and challenged families including Hartstein, Janis, Bell, Kronman, Rabson, Rudnetsky, and Stark to help start the center. It grew into the new synagogue in August of 1966.
“They created a temple of faith that will endure for 50 more years and many more years after that,” said Brookhaven Councilman Dan Panico, who was joined by Town Supervisor Ed Romaine and Congressman Lee Zeldin, the only Jewish Republican in the House of Representatives. “We are proud to have an organization so dedicated to peace here in our community,” said Supervisor Romaine who, like Councilman Panico, resides in Center Moriches.
“Literally every day the history of our congregation is built,” Cantor Zachary Konigsberg told the assembled guests.

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