Temecula City Councilman Jeff Comerchero and Student Rabbi Sandy Rosenstein during a recent key passing ceremony at RTA's Riverside headquarters.
Riverside Transit Agency vehicle gets second life with Temple Beth Sholom
RIVERSIDE, CA — March 4, 2013 — A mainstay in Sun City for nearly 50 years, Temple Beth Sholom recently relocated to Temecula and opened its doors to a whole new generation of members. Problem is, nearly half of its current members remain in the Sun City and Menifee area, many of whom are seniors without the means to get to and from the new location.
That's not a problem now, thanks to a vehicle donation program that provided the growing synagogue with a new set of wheels compliments of the Riverside Transit Agency (RTA).
"This is exactly what we were hoping for," said Student Rabbi Sandy Rosenstein during a recent key- passing ceremony at RTA's Riverside headquarters. "Getting to and from our services is going to be a lot easier for so many people. We are so thrilled about this."
Rosenstein said the white 2007 Ford Allstar van, which seats up to 12 people and two wheelchairs, will come in handy for members headed to Friday and Saturday services at the new location, especially during night services when some elderly members have trouble driving.
Rosenstein said the van will serve at least three stops in the Sun City area, including the Vons shopping center off Sun City Boulevard, and the senior housing facilities of Sun City Gardens and Cherry Hills Club. The synagogue is located at 26790 Ynez Court, Ste. B in Temecula.
Temecula City Councilman Jeff Comerchero, vice chairman of the RTA Board of Directors, helped facilitate the donation. Comerchero said the donation program prolongs the life of these useful vehicles and allows groups such as the Temple Beth Sholom to enhance their services.
"This is such a great opportunity and a worthy cause," Comerchero said. "This vehicle is getting a longer, more productive life and making a positive difference in our community."
For years, RTA has donated vehicles to cities, churches, senior centers and non-profit agencies. The vehicles have surpassed their recommended service life and are no longer capable of remaining in the active fleet, but are in good condition and equipped with amenities such as wheelchair lifts.
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