Around Town

MAZEL TOV! — Gabe Lunin-Pack spent a year preparing for his bar mitzvah at Beacon Hebrew Alliance and was determined to go forward with it, even after the March 28 ceremony was canceled due to COVID-19 social-distancing restrictions. With his parents, Jesse Lunin-Pack and Elisabeth Neuberg, and his brother, Seth, in the sanctuary, and Rabbi Brent Spodek and Cantor Ellen Gersh participating from their homes, the family sent out a Zoom meeting invite. About 200 guests signed on from around the world — “more people than could have safely fit in the sanctuary,” noted Jesse Lunin-Pack. “Everyone who was a part of it was amazed at what a moving and meaningful experience it turned out to be.”

MEDICAL OUTPOST — As part of a national effort to provide housing for medical personnel who are working with COVID-19 patients and must remain isolated from their families, Joe Volk of Beacon set up his camper outside his home. “While flipping through the TV channels one evening. I noticed someone was sleeping in their garage to self-isolate from their family,” Volk said. “I figured someone could use my truck camper instead of an unheated garage.” Volk also posted his offer at RVs4MDs at

GROUP HUG — Teacher aides at the Garrison School organized a message for students that was posted on Facebook.

FOOD DELIVERIES — This past week, Beacon firefighters and police officers delivered lunch to the doctors, nurses and clinic workers at the HRHCare Health Center facility …

… while firefighters from Slater Chemical Fire Co. in Glenham prepared and delivered meals to first responders, including those at the Beacon Volunteer Ambulance Corps, and the intensive-care unit at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh. Slater purchased the food with proceeds from Slaterpalooza, its annual music festival.

Photos provided

The Current is a member of The Trust Project, a consortium of news outlets that has adopted standards to allow readers to more easily assess the credibility of their journalism. Our best practices, including our verification and correction policies, can be accessed here. Have a comment? A news tip? Spot an error? Email [email protected].

Comments are closed.