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February 9, 2018  RSS feed

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New congregation forms in Pasco

Pasco resident Alan Stern saw a need and took matters into his own hands to find a solution.

Stern grew up in a Reform Jewish family. His wife’s family was more Conservative/Orthodox. They live in Land O’ Lakes between two congregations, each one about 15 miles away.

Feeling that neither synagogue offered something for the Sterns and their extended families, Stern did the next best thing: he started holding services of his own.

Under the name Family Friendly Temple, Beth Chevarim (House of Friends,) the Sterns have opened their home to local Jews that want to worship with their whole families.

“I have grandchildren from age 5 to 15,” said Stern. “I want them to come and enjoy the services and I want to sit next to my wife.”

Wife Nayda Stern creates the home cooked fare for the services held the third Friday of each month and members chip in $10 to alleviate the cost. During the January gathering, members also decided on the official name and began choosing a board of directors.

Fifteen families responded to the ad the Sterns put in the local paper and more responses have been pouring in.

“We need to be united as a group,” said Stern. “Pasco is a growing area. I want to reach as many Pasco Jews who are unaffiliated to get a feeling of where to go from here.”

The next service will be Feb. 23 and runs about a half an hour. Dinner, which is kosher, will be served afterward. All community members are invited.

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