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LI synagogue offers loans to new members

Atara, left, Gabriel, Noah, Benjamin, Eliana and Dan

Atara, left, Gabriel, Noah, Benjamin, Eliana and Dan Marzouk pose for portrait inside their new home that they are painting in Plainville. (Dec. 1, 2010) Photo Credit: Jason Andrew

 For two years Dan Marzouk was commuting 2 1/2 hours each way from Linden, N.J., to his job at an insurance company in Centerport, and he and his wife, Atara, wanted to move to Long Island.

So when they found out the Young Israel of Plainview Orthodox synagogue was offering an interest-free $25,000 loan to young families that move into the area and join the synagogue, it was the final nudge they needed.

"The icing on the cake was the incentive program they offer," said Atara Marzouk, 30, a mother of four. They moved to Plainview in mid-October, and while the money wasn't the only factor, "it helps."

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