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A great-grandson finds spiritual connection at Beth Hebrew Rosh Hashanah service

JUSTIN TEVYA FINKELSTEIN | Posted: Thursday, September 24, 2015 8:00 am

This Rosh Hashanah, a Jewish service was held at 333 E. Portland St., in downtown Phoenix, the former home of Beth Hebrew Congregation, for the first time since the congregation left the building in the 1970s. More than 100 people attended the informal service. The following is a Facebook post by the great-grandson of one of the founders of the congregation, posted after his participation in the service.

Today, I had a first. Something I never thought I would’ve experienced. I’ve always thought of Phoenix as my home, but I’ve never “loved” Phoenix. For the first time, this evening, I felt connected to Phoenix in a way that has never happened for me in the past. I was born here, my family roots are here. But feeling the connection to my family’s previous generations in a spiritual way is entirely new for me. I imagine this is what it would feel like for those folks that have generation after generation in the same house.

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