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Synagogue opens in Fresh Meadows

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Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:45 am, Thu Sep 26, 2013.

A new synagogue, Congregation Bet-El Sephardic Center, officially opened Sunday in Jamaica Estates.

The center was organized in 2007 and with the help of member Avi Dishi, purchased a house at 180-01 Union Turnpike. It took several years for the congregation to raise funds to extend the building and it was necessary to get a zoning variance for a larger structure.

But the work is now completed and the 400 members have a place to worship that meets their needs.

The center was started by Rabbi Yakov Nasirov to be all inclusive. That is why the congregation was named Bet-El, which translates to “the house of God” or “his house.”

Officials at the center say the facility is open to all Jews, no matter their background, including Sephardic, Ashkanazi, Israeli, Bukharian, Afghani, Yemenite, or Persian.

Attending the opening ceremony was Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows).

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