10.06.2011 8.Siwan, 5771 Isru Chag
Inaugural service scheduled for unconventional community of secular Jews; marks first new synagogue in NY neighborhood in a century.
Some might say a retail location on a trendy block in SoHo, across the street from the downtown branch of Bloomingdale's, is an unlikely location for a new synagogue. But its leader, Dovi Scheiner, can’t think of a place more appropriate for a congregation that will be predominantly young, hip – and unlikely to go to synagogue anywhere else.
The SoHo Synagogue, which will have its inaugural service Friday and a party to celebrate its opening on June 12, is the first synagogue to open in the neighborhood in almost 100 years (a Spanish- Portuguese synagogue once had a location on Crosby Street in the early 20th century)….