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May 8, 2018 2:11 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Summer Jewish Center To Open In Montauk

The home of the Chabad of the Hamptons summer location in Montauk on North Gravesend Avenue. JON WINKLER
May 10, 2018 9:32 AM

Montauk will have plenty of new visitors this summer, but those in the Jewish community will have a special spot of their own during the busy season.

The Chabad of the Hamptons announced last Wednesday, May 2, that it will be opening a new location in addition to the center at 13 Woods Lane in East Hampton, with the new center being a residence at 16 North Gravesend Avenue in Montauk this summer.

Musia Baumgarten, program coordinator for the Chabad, her husband, Rabbi Aizik, and their children, Sholom, Esther, and Zelig, will temporarily move into the new summer spot on May 25 and kick off the summer with “The Greatest Shabbos” before staying there through Labor Day weekend. Service and events still will continue at the Woods Lane location, organized by Ms. Baumgarten’s in-laws.

“We are ecstatic about this milestone in reaching out to the community in Montauk,” said Rabbi Aizik. “We look forward to connecting with the community and visitors, providing the one thing that Montauk is missing: a Jewish center!”

“Over the years, we’ve been getting requests from people for more Jewish programs and there’s always been the need for something more permanent in places like Montauk and East Hampton,” Ms. Baumgarten said. “People venture from one town to the other, but Montauk is much farther out. So we saw that there was a need.”

Ms. Baumgarten said the Montauk Chabad will hold Shabbat every week, Torah classes, cooking demonstrations and other small programs for adults and children.

“The Chabad is really there for the people,” Ms. Baumgarten said. “Whatever they want to happen, we will try to make happen.”

Ms. Baumgarten added that she and her husband are well aware of surrounding Jewish communities in the Hamptons, with significant presences in Bridgehampton, Southampton and Sag Harbor.

“It’s out there, there’s a large Jewish population out in the Hamptons,” Ms. Baumgarten said.

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