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Brockton synagogue opens anew in Easton

Temple Beth Emunah has moved into its new synagogue in the Easton Industrial Park after two years of operating without a building.

The new space was dedicated on Sept. 10 in a ceremony that began with members carrying the Torah scrolls and walking to the synagogue from Stonehill College’s Rabbi Werb Meditation Garden.

Congregation President Howard Shore wrote in the temple’s latest newsletter that lyrics from the Michael Buble song “Feeling Good” best expressed his feelings about the move: “It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life, and I’m feeling good!”

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“My vision is that our new space will be in use constantly,” he said. “I am hoping to bring back those days where the synagogue is a focal point of social activities for both members and the general community at large.”

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Temple Beth Emunah started in Brockton in 1951, built a new synagogue in 1971, and at one point had about 350 members.

Membership declined, though, and the congregation sold its building two years ago — the last of four Jewish congregations in Brockton to leave the city.

“How we got here is complicated,” Shore said. “Suffice it to say that many factors have contributed to where and how we find ourselves as a congregation at this time. [But] as the saying goes, ‘One door closes and another one opens.’ Our doors are open.”

Johanna Seltz can be reached at seltzjohanna@gmail.com.