Synagogue in Flood-Ravaged Colorado City Holds Yom Kippur Service

Boulder Chabad Shul Worships Even as Rain Pounds Area

Rain, Go Away: Child clings to mother as they survey the remains of a flood-damaged road in Colorado.
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Rain, Go Away: Child clings to mother as they survey the remains of a flood-damaged road in Colorado.

By JTA

Published September 16, 2013.

Some 300 worshipers attended Yom Kippur services in the lobby of the Chabad on Campus center in flooded Boulder, Colo.

The lobby of the synagogue building is above the flood line, according to Chabad.org, which reported Sunday on the services.

Rabbi Yisroel Wilhem, co-director of Chabad of the University of Colorado, said many were unable to leave their homes to attend services, but others came because of the tragedy of the flash flooding that continues to batter the Boulder area.

Rabbi Yaakov Borenstein, co-director of the Chabad Jewish Center in Longmont, Colo., was forced to evacuate his home late Thursday night, according to Chabad.org, booking the last room at the hotel in which he had booked a room to host the center’s Yom Kippur services.

Rain continued to fall Sunday in Colorado, with the death toll as high as six and nearly 500 people unaccounted for, according to reports.



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