Sunday, September 16, 2007

Eruvin in the News: Sunnyside, Queens 2

Synagogue's Fishing Line Helps Lure Orthodox Jews

By John Lauinger

The Synagogue Young Israel of Sunnyside once had so many worshipers in the 1960s that it had to rent extra space to handle its Rosh Hashanah celebration.

But as time passed, the fortunes of the Orthodox congregation changed dramatically. Its membership, once more than 200, fell by more than half, and those who remained worshiped without a rabbi for more than 20 years.

Now, Young Israel celebrates Rosh Hashanah, which started yesterday, in the midst of a rebirth, having recently welcomed several young families into its ranks.

That revival is due in part to the lure of thousands of yards of religiously symbolic fishing line, which could be a crucial element in attracting young Orthodox families to Sunnyside. Read on...