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Reunion Re-Kindles ‘Miracle on Florence’ Memories

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/community_briefs/article/reunion_rekindles_miracle_on_florence_memories_20070406

It was called the "Miracle on Florence Avenue," a small, humble synagogue that thrived for 50 years before shuttering its doors in 1986, a victim of old age and changing demographics. By all accounts, Huntington Park Hebrew Congregation, the second Conservative synagogue established in Los Angeles, should be buried in the sands of oblivion by now. And yet, 30 of us -- all fiercely loyal former members, ranging in age from 50 to 97 -- gathered on Jan. 7 at the home of Elliot Monka in Sierra Madre for a reunion that brimmed over not only with nostalgia, but with insight into how this tiny Jewish enclave could produce an unprecedented number of successful professionals and deeply committed Jews.

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