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Two Synagogues Merge Under New Name- Hamakon  

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Rabbi Stewart Vogel

Temple Aliyah and Shomrei Torah Synagogue, two prominent Jewish houses of worship in the West Valley, have merged, forming a new concept in Jewish communal participation that builds upon the traditional model of synagogue life while aspiring to become much more. Under the new name, Hamakom – The Place, they are creating a welcoming and inclusive environment to embrace everyone interested in Jewish life, Torah, and culture, irrespective of personal histories, demographics, or levels of observance. The hub of Hamakom will be located on Valley Circle Boulevard while activities, programs, and services may be located throughout the community and online in order to reach and engage more people in new ways to foster connections on a deeper and more meaningful level. Both Rabbi Stewart Vogel (formerly of Temple Aliyah) and Rabbi Richard Camras (formerly of Shomrei Torah Synagogue) will jointly serve as spiritual leaders of Hamakom, and are excited and passionate about the future. “This is an incredible opportunity for our community to flourish and deepen our commitment to Jewish life,” said Rabbi Vogel. “Hamakom will provide a warm and nurturing atmosphere where individuals can explore their spirituality, engage in meaningful learning, and participate in acts of loving-kindness,” added Rabbi Camras. For more information visit

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