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Harrisburg congregation moves into new synagogue

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Several years after a fire destroyed their synagogue, Chisuk Emuna Congregation now has a place to call their own. A dedication ceremony was held Tuesday night at the brand new synagogue at Green and Vaughn streets in Harrisburg.

The event kicked off at the nearby Jewish Community Center. The center had been the group's temporary location for several years.

A large group gathered around members who carried the congregation's Torah scrolls to the new synagogue up the street.

The brand new building is nearly 13,000 square feet and stands at the site of what was the abandoned Riverside Elementary School.

The project for new synagogue cost nearly $5.7. That number included demolishing the old school.

Tuesday's dedication came on the Jewish holiday of Shavuot. The atmosphere was festive as well as emotional.

"This means the world to me. Its home, we are going to our home, " said congregation member Laura Moneco.

The fire that destroyed the old building at 5th and Division streets occurred in April 2009. The sanctuary was destroyed. However, all but one of the congregation's Torah scrolls were salvageable.

Synagogue leaders are now hoping this new locations will be a gathering place for the entire community.

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