Palm Beach Synagogue to Celebrate Milestone

March 8, 2009

Author: Michelle Dargan

Source: Palm Beach Daily News

Rabbi Moshe Scheiner was managing a medical supply company in Miami when he got a call to help a startup synagogue in Palm Beach.

Educated at the Rabbinical College of America in Morristown, N.J., and the Rabbinical College of Australia and New Zealand in Melbourne, Scheiner had decided to make a go of it in the business world after marrying his wife, Dinie.

"I chose not to go into the rabbinate and, instead, decided to live a private life," Scheiner said. "But I was called back, and when God calls, you can't escape. You often find your destiny on your path, even when you choose to avoid it."

What began as a fledgling group of 15 people holding services in the basement of Temple Emanu-El in 1994 has grown to nearly 300 families today.

A March 15 gala dinner will celebrate the synagogue's 15th anniversary and the completion of Phase 1 of its building renovations.