Sloatsburg Travel Plaza Prayer Time

During the months of June through August the Thruway Authority Officials turn the top half of the parking garage in the Sloatsburg Thruway Travel Plaza into a prayer area for Orthodox Jewish travelers. Every Thursday night as many as 1,200 members of the Orthodox religious community utilize the rest stop for prayer services. Rabbi Abe Friedman says that the stop is very useful, allowing them to pray for 10 minutes, and then continue on their way. Many travel the thruway to get upstate for weekend trips. According to Dan Weiller, a thruway spokesperson, the availability of the services, which are assisted by several rabbis and a thruway staff member, were created for the safety of drivers and patrons because people had been pulling over on the shoulder for prayers.

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