Miami’s Shul of Downtown, directed Rabbi Chaim Lipskar, is already under water as Hurricane Irma only begins to bear down on Florida.
Rabbi Lipskar, his wife, their five children and about 30 other people, spent Shabbat at the Shul hosting a large Shabbat dinner — even though it was under a mandatory evacuation order.
The synagogue is only two blocks from the water. But it’s a new, 20,000 square foot building made of steel and Jerusalem stone, Rabbi Lipskar said, equipped with impact windows and plenty of safe places.
“We feel we shouldn’t leave our community behind,” he said. “We’re staying here, providing meals and services.”
The streets surrounding the synagogue in the trendy Brickell neighborhood were like “a ghost town” on Friday afternoon. But Lipskar said he hosted dozens of people for dinner, including young professionals in the neighborhood who aren’t evacuating and others who aren’t able to get out of town.
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