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Jan 11, 2011 1:19 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Jewish Center Of The Hamptons Offers Dial-In Service

Jan 11, 2011 1:19 PM

“If you can’t come to us, we’ll come to you,” said Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman of the Jewish Center of the Hamptons on Woods Lane in East Hampton. Members of the congregation and others are now able to use an 800 number to phone in and hear the weekly service live if they cannot get to the synagogue on Saturdays at 10 a.m.

On Saturday, the first day the new dial-in service was available, those who phoned in at 9:58 a.m. heard the rabbi’s voice loud and clear. “Do you think anyone’s with me on the telephone?” he asked. After some background whispering, the service began. “Shabbat Shalom… and if anyone is listening out there on the telephone, Shabbat Shalom,” he said.

Cantor Debra Stein’s vocals were heard next, the Hebrew words rising and falling in perfect pitch. Then the rabbi explained to the congregation that
this service was the first one available by phone, that the technology is for people in the hospital or at home “who want to stay in touch with all the beautiful things we’re doing.”

“Now that’s not an excuse for staying away from services,” Rabbi Zimmerman added. He is known among congregants for claiming, with a smile on his face, to count those who come and do not come to services.

“I’m working to add live audio streaming from our website in two weeks,” said Diane
Wiener, the congregation’ executive director, said. “We’re a geographically diverse congregation, so it’s necessary.”

Rabbi Zimmerman said he was pleased to hear from
Juliette Feffer, a member who usually comes out from Manhattan on weekends, that she
was grateful to be able to call
in, as she “couldn’t get out because of the snow.”

The dial-in to a live service is part of an on-going outreach by the Jewish Center to congregants who require assistance, including those who need rides to appointments.

“We know that because we have three groups—those who live in New York City, people who stay half the year in Florida, and those who reside as far away as Quogue—people are separated from us physically all the time,” the rabbi said.

Future plans include providing live connection through the phone or internet to the rabbi’s Bible study and Hebrew classes. “We want to be a sanctuary without walls,” he said.

Anyone who wishes to dial
in to future 10 a.m. Saturday morning services can call
1-800-846-4808, enter account number 99088599, and touch the # key.

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would like toknow if it is fact or fiction the hassidic community purchased 10 acres of land in quogue with intention of erecting a synagogue there????
By fyi (17), westhampton on Jan 7, 11 4:33 PM
What does that have to do with this article? Are you opposed to a religious group being able to build on private property?
By razza5351 (551), East Hampton on Jan 9, 11 12:34 PM
re: would like toknow if it is fact or fiction the hassidic community purchased 10 acres of land in quogue with intention of erecting a synagogue there????

It was my understanding that there was a mosque going up on the property.
By Slim Pickens (20), Southampton on Jan 10, 11 10:07 PM
why are u so worried?????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!???????????????
By Biba (564), East Hampton on Jan 7, 11 7:00 PM
1-800-DIAL-GOD?

As an Agnostic, I couldn't resist...
By Mr. Z (11670), North Sea on Jan 7, 11 11:21 PM
Could this explain the sudden push for an eruv around Quogue, Quiogue and WHB?
By loading... (588), quiogue on Jan 9, 11 2:11 PM
"All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry”

~ Edgar Allan Poe
By Mr. Z (11670), North Sea on Jan 10, 11 10:57 PM
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