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The Detroit Jewish News, 2013-10-10

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Come Home to

other river called denial.
We return home to find Mike (hus-
band/dad) furiously emptying the base-
ment of the wet furniture, carpet and
drywall in an effort to prevent mold
from setting in.
I look at him sadly and ask, "You
need our help now?"
"Desperately," he says.
We break our fast at 2:30 p.m. and
change clothes to begin schlepping.
Among our copious stuff, I find a
previously undiscovered, lovely Rosh
Hashanah platter that belonged to my
late mother-in-law. I also discover a
beautiful set of wine glasses, and I sal-
vage my siddur from my consecration
at Shaarey Zedek [in Southfield].
Sept. 15: Most of the houses in my
neighborhood have rain or flood dam-
age. We band together, people offering
trucks, helping to schlep to the dump,
offering showers (we've shut off the gas
to the water heater) and demolishing
drywall.
Our shul, Congregation Bonai
Shalom, is a 200-family Conservative
egalitarian synagogue that backs up to
a scenic creek. The building is now part
of the creek. The main sanctuary is dry,
but the rest of the building is flooded,
soon to be gutted, and the rabbi's house
next door is uninhabitable. The sukkah
was proven kosher as it fell apart and
floated away.
About 13,000 Jews live in Boulder.
Of the four synagogues with buildings,
Bonai Shalom had the worst damage
by far. We are borrowing office space
from the Jewish Community Center,
and have received help from Nechama
(Jewish Disaster Response), the Jewish
Federation and Jewish Family Services.
Religious groups around town
offered space and resources. We will
hold services at the Reform synagogue,
the Orthodox shul and at the Unitarian
church this month (possibly longer).
Recovery is just beginning, however,
and normal is a long way off. The bills
for the synagogue reparation are loom-
ing large, and we would be grateful for
any donations you could provide.
Donate online at bit.ly/laMkTCN.
Make your gift "in honor of
Congregation Bonai Shalom" so the
United Synagogue of Conservative
Judaism knows where to direct
your donation, or send a check to
Congregation Bonai Shalom, 1527
Cherryvale Road, Boulder, CO 80303,
with "FLOOD RELIEF" in the memo
line. ❑

Abigail Robinson grew up in Southfield and

attended Congregation Shaarey Zedek,
Tamarack Camps and Hillel Day School in
Farmington Hills. She lives in Boulder with

husband, Mike Kone, and sons, Jonah and
Ezra Kone, both avid Tamarack campers.

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