To foster the unity amongst the many Jewish organizations since Hurricane Sandy flooded the streets of Long Beach, the entire community was invited by Rabbi Eli and Mrs. Beila Goodman of the BACH Jewish Center/Chabad of the Beaches, shluchim to Long Beach, Lido Beach, and Atlantic Beach communities, to join a unique celebration where a new Torah was dedicated by the Kaylie family in honor of the bar mitzvah of their son and grandson, Hudson/Hillel Yehuda.
The focus of the Torah dedication was the emergence of the Long Beach community since the storm. Various representatives of many Jewish organizations who were part of the relief effort were in attendance—including Rabbi Mendy Kotlarsky, Chabad headquarters; Rabbi Benny Zippel, Chabad of Utah; Rabbi Berel Pewsner, Chabad hurricane relief; Mr. Moishe Hellman, Ohel Family Services—as well as State Assembly and City Council representatives, together with national media. A parade marched through the streets of Long Beach with hundreds of men, women, and children singing and dancing. v