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August 29, 2015 | 14th Elul 5775

Solar Powered Ner Tamid, The Community Synagogue of Port Washington, NY

Solar Powered Ner TamidOver the past several years, The Community Synagogue of Port Washington has been in the midst of a building project. When working on the new building, we were very aware of saving energy while simultaneously working to make our congregation as green as possible. Rabbi Irwin Zeplowitz, one of our spiritual leaders, proposed an exciting challenge: As part of saving the environment, he and Rabbi Renee Edelman wanted to create a Solar Ner Tamid. Congregant Steve Kaplan took up the challenge and created a solar powered Ner Tamid, pictured here, which now hangs above the ark in our new chapel. The eternal light features a realistic flickering LED bulb powered by a remote solar panel mounted outside the building. The sun powered light has been constantly burning; during the day it is powered by the sun and at night excess power recharges self contained batteries to keep the “candle” flickering. The eternal light has remained illuminated 24/7, through rain, snow and even electrical outages.

We are happy to share this development with any congregation desiring to go from an electric powered Ner Tamid to one powered by nature. You can purchase the readily available components for your own solar Ner Tamid for under $90 (fixture not included) and the light could be put in almost any designed light fixture you desire.

For more information, please contact Steven Kaplan, Co-Chair House Committee – The Community Synagogue, Port Washington, NY via email at

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