Jewish Chapel Opened at Naval Academy

September 18, 2005

Source: The Boston Globe / The Washington Post

On September 18, 2005 The Washington Post reported, "Retired Navy Commander Howard Pinskey remembers well that as a midshipman at the US Naval Academy, he would walk outside the campus gates every Saturday to attend Shabbat services at Knesset Israel Congregation in downtown Annapolis, Md.

Many Jewish midshipmen also have worshiped at All Faiths Chapel on the academy grounds.

But last week, Pinskey stood inside the new $8 million Commodore Uriah P. Levy Center and Jewish Chapel, marveling that Jewish midshipmen finally will have their own place on the campus to express their faith. The 35,000-square-foot center includes the 410-seat chapel, which will be used only for Jewish services, as well as a character learning center and fellowship hall for midshipmen of all faiths. The building also will house the offices of the academy's honor board.

With today's dedication of the center, the Naval Academy will become the last of the three US military academies to provide Jews with their own worship space. Funds for the project were raised by two private groups, Friends of the Jewish Chapel and the US Naval Academy Foundation... There are about 120 Jewish midshipmen at the academy, officials said."