Hillel Academy looks for help

By Perry Russom

January 15, 2014 Updated Jan 15, 2014 at 12:48 AM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Action News) It's been almost a month since the roof collapsed on Hillel Academy, a tenant at Temple Israel in Vestal.

The temple is now a construction site.

The side of the building where the roof caved in is now being torn down.

"As a result of this catastrophe, the community, which is suffering like every other community has to dig deeper to support one of its critical institutions," said Randy Friedman, vice president of finance at Hillel Academy.

Since the collapse, the students have been moved to Temple Concord in Binghamton.

They will stay there until the end of the school year. Then, the school will reassess and see where Temple Israel is in their construction.

Friedman said he doubts the temple will be ready in time for the new school year.

The collapse has affected both students and teachers.

"They've struggled because this happened right before winter break," said Friedman. "They've had to redo their entire curriculum. They had to redo all of their lesson plans."

The students have been receiving supplies from surrounding schools in the area and state, as far north as Syracuse.

Friedman said they do need more.

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