February 8, 2013
Northeast Jews brace for ‘historic’ blizzard
Some synagogues have cancelled services ahead of a potentially historic blizzard.
At least synagogues in Providence, R.I., have called off Shabbat services this week in light of the expected severe weather. More than two feet are expected in Providence, one of the highest predicted snowfalls.
"Due to the impending blizzard all worship services have been canceled Friday, Saturday and Sunday," said a recorded message at Providence's Temple Beth-El on Friday afternoon.
The Touro Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in the country, will reportedly not hold prayer services this shabbat for the first time in years.
In New York City, where snow is expected to be lighter, fewer cancellations were reported.
B'nai Jeshurun on Manhattan's Upper West Side said services will be held as usual with the exception of a special service for young children, which had been canceled.
"A lot of people live within walking distance so we're allowing them to use their own discretion," said a spokesperson.
As Winter Storm Nemo closed in on the northeastern United States on Friday, thousands of flights and trains were canceled and rescue services put on high alert. The storm is predicted to be one of the biggest winter storms to hit the northeast in years and comes just months after Hurricane Sandy battered the region.