This past Sunday, Easter Seals hosted Temple Shalom Day. The event was an opportunity for former members of Temple Shalom to tour the center and see how the newly renovated building would continue to impact the community.
Committee Chairperson, Mindy Goldstein, who helped coordinate the wonderful event, took a moment to speak to the guests, and this is what she had to say:
Thank you all for coming today. This must be a bittersweet experience for those of you whose lives were intertwined with Temple Shalom. Weddings, Baby Naming, Bar Mitzvahs, even Memorial Services once took place right here. The history of the Jewish people is one of movement and houses of worship move on the follow the people they serve. All over the region, one can find buildings that show their Jewish beginnings by virtue of the inscriptions carved over the doorway or into a cornerstone. These buildings have been repurposed for many things, including Houses of Worship for new immigrant groups.
We are here today to show you how this building, which will always be Temple Shalom in your hearts, has been rededicated to another wonderful purpose. It is our hope that this knowledge will help ease the burden of your remembrance.
Easter Seals is an international charitable organization dedicated to helping those with physical and intellectual disabilities. Despite its name, Easter Seals is not affiliated with any religious group and carries no spiritual mission. Easter Seals of Southeastern Pennsylvania is the local affiliate of Easter Seals and primarily serves disabled children.
For many years the disabled children of Lower Bucks County were served through a converted dance school on Trenton Road. Miracles took place there but the building grew old and outmoded. There was no room for expansion. As Easter Seals looked for a new home, this building serendipitously became available and was a perfect fit tor their needs.
I hope you have had the chance to tour the building and see this wondrous transformation. this has been a rewarding but very expensive process for which we are still running a capital campaign so we may utilize it to it’s fullest potential. See what has been done and what can be accomplished, I’m sure you’ll agree that this is a fitting new function for a building that has long meant so much to so many.
left to right: Rabbi Glenn Jacob, Mindy Goldstein, Easter Seals Capital Campaign Committee Chairperson, Roy Yaffe Esq., Easter Seals Board President, Rabbi Elliot Strom, Carl Webster, Easter Seals Executive Director/CEO and Alan Rosenberg of Temple Shalom.