2010-06-10 / Top Stories

Senior Center At Temple Emanu-El Moving To Bergen Beach

By Charles Rogers

The Jewish Association for Services to the Aging (JASA) Senior Center at Temple Emanu-El of Canarsie will move its operation from its present location at 1880 Rockaway Parkway to Temple Sholom of Flatbush at 2075 East 68th Street in Bergen Beach by June 30th, according to officials.

“First of all, we want it known that Temple Emanu-El of Canarsie is not moving or closing,” said Jeffrey Albom, vice-president of the synagogue’s congregation. “Second, the JASA Senior Center located within our premises, is closing, effective June 30.”

Albom said he had received a call recently stating that the Canarsie Courier was planning to release information in this issue stating that the temple is closing, but neither the Courier’s editorial office nor the business office had received any such information.

“As with many things,” Albom said, “the information became a rumor after we had received a letter stating that the senior center is moving. I must repeat: the temple is not going anywhere.” He said he didn’t know who had called him with the wrong information, but supposed it was a surprised member of the center with a knee-jerk reaction to the news.

“It’s understandable,” Albom said. “Some of the members have been going to the center at this temple for the last 15 years — maybe more. They’ve looked on it as a home away from home.”

Leah Ferster, who is president of JASA, confirmed the news that the center is moving, but when questioned as to the reason, she said, “It’s really a good reason all around. I want to mention up front that it has nothing to do with the city’s financial problems with the budget.

“We feel that the move will actually be beneficial to the seniors because they will be provided with many more activities. It’s also larger,” she added. Ferster also noted that, while JASA currently is running both the Temple Emanu-El facility, it also has another center at the Hebrew Educational Society HES) less than three blocks away that can absorb some of the temple’s members.

Herb Lerner, 78, who has been a member of the center at the temple for “at least 15 years,” he said, was saddened by the news and said he’s not sure whether he’ll go to the center at Temple Sholom.

“I loved it here, but there’s the problem of transportation,” he said. “It was convenient to me because I live on East 83rd Street. I don’t want to go to HES — No reason, but I just don’t want to — so I’ll just have to pay Access-A-Ride, I suppose.”

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