The possible sale of a synagogue in Holliswood to a Muslim group is raising some opposition in its Jewish congregation as well as other local temples that wish to see the site used by a different organization.
For Sale To Anyone? Temple’s Sale To Islamic Group Raises Specter Of Underlying Fears
Temple Israel of Jamaica recently merged with Temple Emanuel in New Hyde Park and is looking to sell its now unused synagogue to Ahmadiyya Movement of Islam, though the sale still is in It’s early stages and has yet to go before Temple Israel’s congregation for a vote.
Ahmadiyya, a moderate Muslim group, has been in the borough since 1984 and has a headquarters in Holliswood. It has 64 chapters in the United States and locations all over the world, including Israel.
Over the past year, several reform and conservative temples in Queens have merged, citing the borough’s changing demographics; the older Jewish population is dying out and the younger population is moving away. Between 1990 and 2000, the Jewish population in New York City decreased 22 percent, Lieber noted in a previous Tribune article.