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Oceanside Jewish center reopens site after Sandy

Oceanside welcome sign sits in front of the

Oceanside welcome sign sits in front of the Liberty Lighthouse. (Nov. 19, 2011) Credit: JC Cherubini

The Friedberg Jewish Community Center in Oceanside is reopening its building on Sunday, after being severely impacted by superstorm Sandy with eight inches of salt water and sewage that contaminated most of the facility, officials said.

Center officials are inviting community residents and volunteers to celebrate at the center, on 15 Neil Court, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be free entertainment, classes, food, gifts and giveaways.

Though staff couldn’t inhabit the building after the storm, they relocated their services — such as day care, preschool, seniors and fitness programs — throughout the community with the help of synagogues and other local organizations that temporarily housed them, center officials said.

Following the storm, the JCC organized a communitywide volunteer effort — going door-to-door to see whether people needed assistance, food or clothing. The center will continue to assist the community by providing social workers who can help with post-traumatic stress and financial assistance, officials said.

For more information, call 516-766-4341 or visit

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