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Rabbi Patricia Hickman reviews a model of the new Temple Israel of Brevard with board president and project manager, Larry Fineberg.  

Temple Israel of Brevard breaks ground on new synagogue 

Temple Israel of Brevard, the county’s only reform Jewish congregation, is celebrating construction of its new 8,500-square-foot synagogue. With a completion target of summer 2020, the new temple is being built on property adjacent to the existing structure, with seating for about 250 people. 

"We are excited to be building a beautiful new temple with room for more Jewish families," Rabbi Patricia Hickman said. 

In 2018, the congregation of Temple Israel of Brevard announced the sale of 7.5 of their 10-acre parcel on Lake Andrew Drive in Viera to Chabad of the Space & Treasure Coasts. After the new Temple Israel is complete, Chabad will take occupancy of the existing structure. 

For more information about Temple Israel of Brevard, visit TIofBrevard.com or call 321-631-9494.

Palm Bay police chief takes office

Congratulations to Palm Bay's new Chief of Police Nelson Moya.

Moya has served Palm Bay for over 28 years, beginning at age 19. He began his law enforcement career with the Palm Bay Police Department in 1991 and worked in a multitude of capacities including commander, and then rising to Deputy Chief in 2017.  

Chief Moya has professional affiliations with the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Florida Police Chiefs Association, the FBI National Academy Associates, and the Brevard County Association of Chiefs of Police, where he serves as vice president.  

"I am honored and humbled to be given the opportunity to lead the talented sworn and civilian members of the department as we work to provide exceptional public safety service to the City of Palm Bay," Chief Moya said.

Palm Bay Police Chief Nelson Moya’s daughter crawled up to the podium to join him at his swearing in. 


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