Rabbi Marc Schneier

Hampton Shul Sheds Pool
To Add Another Center



HE Hampton Synagogue started out as a shul with a pool – now look at us!” Fred Schwalbe declared enthusiastically. The congregation in Westhampton Beach, Long Island, came together to dedicate yet another building on its growing campus where there’s no room for a pool.

The new building is the Kaylie Center, with a well-stocked library, comfortable study hall and a generous reception area for Shabbat kiddush. It was established by Harvey and Gloria Kaylie in memory of her mother, Lorrraine White, while the library was named in memory of his grandfather, Sam Aronowitz.

Ruth and Fred Schwalbe, whom Rabbi Marc Schneier praised as “the original founders of our synagogue,” hosted a dinner dance under a mammoth tent at their magnificent palatial estate. (Ruth is the daughter of Manhattan real estate mogul John Klein.)

The grounds were so vast that two golf carts ferried guests from the entrance gate to the tent.

“I can’t believe the turnout this evening!” dinner chair Harvey Greenfield exclaimed. “We raised $825,000.”

That was not the end of fund-raising. Kaylie announced a donation of $50,000 toward the One Family fund “to help our brothers and sister in Israel who survived the killings and bombings.”

Rabbi Schneier called on his congregants to be the first synagogue to respond to this campaign, and asked for matching money.

In the time it took to make hamotzi, Schneier collected an additional $50,000 from 28 people who pledged $1,800 each.

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