Laud multi-faith support for synagogue victims; Town’s trash haulers don’t even win bronze | Feedback

November 7, 2018

Paul Bunkin writes that a vigil at his Washington Township synagogue exhibited true support.

Congregation B’nai Tikvah-Beth Israel in Washington Township had a memorial service on Nov. 2 to honor the 11 people who were murdered Oct. 27 at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. 

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The response was overwhelming to invitations to church, police and political leaders requesting attendance. Over 200 people from our community of every faith responded by being present and offering their thoughts and prayers throughout the evening.




Our synagogue president, Josh Meyer, introduced our special guests and read a warm and wonderful support letter from Mayor Joanne Gattenelli, who was unable to attend. Several of our guests, including Police Chief Patrick Gurcsik; state Sen. Fred Madden, D-Gloucester; Freeholder Jim Jefferson, who also serves with a prison ministry; and the Rev. Carol Davies of the Bethel United Methodist Church; made wonderful comments that were very appreciated.

During a vigil, invited participants were each given a memorial candle representing one of the victims, and each person read out the name(s): Melvin Wax, age 88; Jerry Rabinowitz, 66; Holocaust survivor Rose Mallinger, 97; brothers David and Cecil Rosenthal, ages 54 and 59; Joyce Feinberg, 75; Richard Gottfried, 65; Daniel Stein, 71; and husband and wife Sylvan and Bernice Simon, ages 86 and 84.  

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Americans throughout our history have always supported each other at times of crisis and sadness. The evening of Nov. 2 was no exception.

Paul Bunkin, Turnersville

Town’s trash haulers don’t even win bronze

I do not understand why Washington Township has Gold Medal Environmental as the township trash collection contractor.

I’ve observed that the contractor’s workers can be careless with pickups and too rarely put containers back in upright positions. They leave them lying in the street with some bits of trash still in them. 

It is much the same thing where I live, even though it is in a condominium complex. The workers don’t seem to care. They act like they are in a hurry to finish up and get out of town.

I, along with many others, wish the township council would switch to Waste Management Inc., which held the contract until 2016, or a better-performing contractor.

Dominick A. Ruggiero, Washington Township

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