The Third Miracle of Temple Brith Achim
During the early stages of TBA, funds were tight. When we started to work on the exterior of the building, funds were carefully managed. We were preparing for the second High Holiday Services in the Temple. The property was graded and sod was ordered for the entire property. But, with the contractor’s timetable, he could not do the work before the holiday. We had a problem. Harold Sheinbach, the president at the time, let us know the situations from the pulpit during the High Holidays. There was to be a terrible storm the next day. If the sod was not put down ASAP, all the money spent on the grading would be lost. Not to mention that the sod would be in bad shape. He asked for help. The next morning came and we stood at the Temple with jeans and work clothing ready to help. Streams of people showed up. They kept coming. Over 300 in total came—all ages, with love in their hearts. Some of these people did not even cut their own lawns, yet they were there to help for the good of the Jewish Community. What a sight. Cars slowed down on the road in front of the building not believing their eyes. What a crazy bunch!!
All of a sudden a man drove up on a piece of construction equipment and asked if we needed help. Boy did we. It was Don Resnick, the builder of Four Falls Corporate Center and much more. He and Nancy became part of our group and later helped build the addition.
I remember working on my hands and knees next to an 80 year old man—both of us laying sod. I asked him why he was there. He said, “In a lifetime there are few opportunities to make a real difference for your Jewish Community. This is a mitzvah and I will give it my all.”
This has been the tradition of Temple Brith Achim. Community first, caring and sharing for each other always. We built a family home for our Jewish brothers and sisters. It takes thought to always think of the big picture first. But the results are well worth it—a home for all of us to celebrate good times together, and a home to care for us when we need it.