Resolution J5269-2013

Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of Temple Beth El, of Niagara Falls, New York, to be celebrated on June 4, 2014



  • May 29, 2014: ADOPTED
  • May 21, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating  the  150th Anniversary of Temple
Beth El, of Niagara Falls, New York, to be celebrated on June 4, 2014

WHEREAS, Religious institutions, and  the  many  spiritual,  social  and
educational  benefits  they confer, play a vital role in the development
of the moral fabric of a responsible citizenry; and
  WHEREAS, It is the tradition of this State  and  this  Nation  to  pay
tribute  to  those  institutions and individuals who have contributed to
the ethical and spiritual values of their communities; and
  WHEREAS, This Legislative Body takes  pleasure  in  commemorating  the
150th  Anniversary  of Temple Beth El, of Niagara Falls, New York, to be
celebrated on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, with a special Kiddush  Luncheon;
  WHEREAS,  The Temple Beth El Synagogue is the oldest continuously-used
Jewish house of worship in Western New York; and
  WHEREAS, Formed 150 years ago, the congregation moved into the  build-
ing that houses it to this day on October 11, 1914; and
  WHEREAS, At its peak, the multigenerational congregation had an active
religious  school,  and  celebrated  many  life  cycle events, including
Consecrations, Bnai Mitzvot, Confirmations, weddings and funerals; and
  WHEREAS, The vibrant community of Temple Beth El still  holds  regular
services and holiday celebrations; although it is too small to support a
full-time  rabbi, various members of the congregation lead the services;
there is an active Sisterhood, and the  group  also  gathers  for  movie
nights, dinners, and other social functions; and
  WHEREAS,  Connected to the larger community, Temple Beth El also spon-
sors joint functions with churches, participates in many local organiza-
tions, and hosts various fairs and bazaars; and
  WHEREAS, Temple Beth El stands on the threshold of tomorrow,  prepared
to  meet the challenges of the coming decades while retaining that spir-
itual resolve which characterizes its past; and
  WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body  to  take  note  of
enduring  religious  institutions  and to bring such institutions to the
attention of the people of this Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commemorate  the 150th Anniversary of Temple Beth El, Niagara Falls, New
York, fully confident that this commemoration  reflects  the  belief  in
those  values  which  enhance the dignity and purpose of life; and be it
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Temple Beth El, Niagara Falls, New York.


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