Congregation Beth Israel of the Merrimack Valley, located in Andover, welcomed more than 70 guests into its new home. A short service was followed by brunch and then the dedication of the new sanctuary. Rabbi Howard Mandell opened the program, setting the stage with his references to the Jewish record of resilience and renewal as a response to the forces of bigotry and oppression. He also spoke of the faith's tradition of Tikkun Olam, repairing a broken world. In keeping with this practice, CBI dedicated a percentage of its ad revenue from the event to the Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund. Andover Selectman Annie Gilbert enthusiastically welcomed the congregation back to Andover. State Rep.-elect Tram Nguyen also brought words of welcome, congratulations and excitement. Both Gilbert and Nguyen accepted the check on behalf of the Disaster Relief Fund. From left are Howard Spector, CBI co-president; Andover Selectman Annie Gilbert, Rabbi Howard Mandell, Nguyen, and Robin Rose, CBI co-president.


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