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Community Currents Upcoming events…

In recent news…

On Wednesday, May 22 at 7 p.m., Andy Statman and Friends will be performing a free concert at Queens College’s LeFrak Concert Hall. Presented by the college’s Center for Jewish Studies, the concert is made possible through a grant from NYC Councilman James F. Gennaro. The concert is part of a national tour in honor of Statman’s recent National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship, the nation’s highest award in the folk and traditional arts. Andy Statman is a Grammy-nominated musician and considered one of the world’s premier mandolinists and clarinetists Opening for Statman will be A Shur Thing, a family band that includes Rabbi Moshe Shur (guitar and vocals) and his sons Yehuda (drum and vocals) and Mordechai (guitar and vocals). The band will play compositions written by Rabbi Shur, who teaches Judaism and Jewish mysticism for the college’s Department of History and Jewish Studies program.

Ozer Dalim Opens 43rd Branch Ozer Dalim has added a new gemach loan office to serve Israelis during their time of monetary need or crisis. The new branch is in Givat Zeev, a bedroom community with a 15-minute drive from Yerushalayim and Modiin and commuting distance from Tel Aviv. Founded in 1983, as a hamlet of 100 families, it has grown to about 12,000 inhabitants. The branch is headed by a volunteer gabbai who recently moved to Givat Zeev from another community, where he ran an Ozer Dalim for many years. His wealth of experience and dynamic personality have already spurred the new branch to become known and used by those who are in need of a gemach loan. Founded in Israel in 1983, Ozer Dalim is a gemach interest-free loan society that aims to help with dignity. Its all-volunteer staff issues loans with easy repayment terms to families and individuals struggling to remain solvent, to the unemployed, the ill, and the aged.

***** The Jewish Community Council of Marine Park (JCC of MP) will be hosting Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi as the first featured speaker at this year’s annual Scholar-in-Residence program, which will take place on Shabbos Parshas Beha’aloscha, May 24-25. Rabbi Mizrachi, a noted lecturer and kiruv activist, will speak on several topics at various locations in Marine Park throughout the course of Shabbos. The program will begin on Friday night, following the Shabbos seudah. Men and women are invited to join Rabbi Mizrachi at Khal Bnei Torah where he will discuss the Jewish educational system in depth. On Shabbos morning, Rabbi Mizrach will join Khal Bais Mordechai for davening. Later that afternoon, at 4:45, Rabbi Mizrachi will speak to women only at Khal Adas Yeshurun on “The Prestige of Jewish Women.” The closing session, for men only, will take place at 6:30, at Khal Tiferes Avraham, where Rabbi Mizrachi will talk about “How to Stay Happily Married.”

Flatbush Jewish Community Establishes Advocacy Coalition A Flatbush Jewish Community Coalition has recently been established to coordinate efforts by disparate segments of the Jewish community in Flatbush to foster the growth and development of one of the fastest growing Jewish communities in the country. The FJCC plans to address many of the civic and communal challenges that face the Jewish residents of Flatbush, including safety, zoning, quality of life concerns, and emerging political issues. The new coalition, representing a broad spec-

trum of the Flatbush/Midwood/Madison/ and East 30’s neighborhoods, will partner with other established groups for the benefit of a community that has more than doubled in size in the past decade. One of FJCC’s major activities will be to serve as an advocate for the local community to elected officials and government agencies on all levels. Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, and a long time Flatbush resident, said, “I welcome the creation of this new coalition to unify efforts to enhance the community, advance its interests and quality of life, foster cooperative efforts, and build ties to elected and other governmental figures. Working with COJO and other established organizations, the FJCC can augment their on going programs while mobilizing broad participation from the community for effective and impactful advocacy. Our voices need to be heard to assure the future of our growing community.” According to the organizers, FJCC will also register new voters and encourage everyone to vote in both the primary and general elections. Josh Mehlman, one of the organizers of the coalition, said, “Due to the recent citywide redistricting, it is more important than ever that our community’s voice is heard through a strong voter turnout.” He added: “Elected officials pay particular attention to communities with large voter turnouts; many of our concerns will be directly affected by our participation in the electoral process.” The organizers are inviting community residents and business owners to join this new community initiative in building a stronger, more united community. For more information, e-mail flatbushjcc@gmail. com or call 347-729-1940.

Ateret Cohanim Gala By Daniel Perez

Ohr HaLimud Seeking Students By L. Braun The Multi-Sensory Learning Center, a division of Ohr HaLimud, has secured the “Operation Read” Grant Program and is looking for approximately 15 children, boys and girls, between the ages of 7 and 10 who are exhibiting delays in reading, writing, and spelling. “We are filling a specific need in the community,” said Leah David, executive director of Ohr HaLimud. “Our Multi-Sensory Learning Center is not a simple tutoring service. We are Orton-Gillingham language therapists who are supervised by Fellows of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. This assures a diagnostic, prescriptive, and successful learning experience. After evaluating each client’s specific needs, a PEP (Personal Educational Plan) will be developed. This method allows the language therapist to focus on specific areas of reading and language development. By utilizing the scientifically based Orton-Gillingham, multi-sensory approach, each child is put on the road to educational success in reading, writing, spelling, and language arts skills. “We are in our 10th year and we have seen struggling students transformed into confident happy readers. We are a community program with a simple goal…every child has the right and ability to learn to read.” David also speaks proudly of the success of Ohr HaLimud’s Bais Yaakov Girls School, now accepting applications for its 11th year. The school offers a complete Hebrew and English curriculum for girls who are falling behind because of an inability to grasp the process of reading and language when traditional methods are used. The students at Ohr HaLimud, ages 6-14, receive a complete Orton-Gillingham, multi-sensory education in both Hebrew and English subjects. Yiddish is also taught in the one-to-one sessions for those students who require it. Applications are now being accepted for the 2013-2014 school year. Call 718-972-0170 ext. 101 or e-mail for more information.

(Three Star Photographers)

(L-R) Radio personality Steve Malzberg; Chaim Leibtag, dinner emcee; Mel Wadler, executive committee member and dinner coordinator; Dr. Joe Frager, executive committee chairman; and keynote speaker Lt. Col. Ralph Peters. Dr. Meyer Abittan, who sang the Star Spangled Banner, is partially obscured.

Yom Yerushalayim – the holiday commemorating the reunification of Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty in 1967 – came a day early for many New Yorkers as the American Friends of Ateret Cohanim celebrated the organization’s 34th anniversary at the luxurious Elite Palace in Woodside, Queens. Among the night’s many distinguished dignitaries: Rabbi Yaakov and Rebbetzin Elana Kermaier of the 5th Avenue Synagogue, recipients of Jerusalem Chai’s Rabbinic Leadership Award;

Sitting (L-R): Bonei Yerushalayim awardees Marcus and Sara Lehmann and Jack and Barbara Beyda. Standing (L-R): Rabbinic Leadership Honorees Elana and Rabbi Ya’akov Kermaier; Dr. Joe Frager, chairman, executive committee; Mel Wadler, dinner coordinator and member, executive committee; guest speaker Lt. Col. Ralph Peters; Oheiv Yisrael awardees William K. and Mark Langfan.

Jack & Barbara Beyda and Marcus and Sara Lehmann, who were honored as “Builders of Jerusalem”; and William and Mark Langfan, a father and son who received the organization’s “Lover of Israel” Award. The event was also graced with a number of dynamic speakers, including members of Ateret Cohanim’s senior leadership, popular talk radio host Steve Malzberg, and Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, a U.S. Army officer turned political commentator and bestselling author, who gave the keynote address. To learn more about Ateret Cohanim, visit

Hockey Memorial Tournament On May 19, Yeshiva Har Torah in Bellerose, NY, will host the 2013 Martin Weiselberg Memorial Junior High Hockey Tournament. The tournament, in its eighth year, is dedicated in memory of Marty Weiselberg, father of Har Torah Junior High hockey coach, Elliot Weiselberg. Marty fell victim to a blood clot and passed away on March 28, 2006. Elliot, a 27-year-old lawyer from Brooklyn, along with his brother, Stuie, hopes to use this tournament to further his late father’s legacy. “My father was someone who gave his all for every cause that he involved himself in,” says Elliot. “His love of Judaism and his passion for its promotion among the youth in our area reached astounding levels.” For 18 years, Marty served as treasurer on the board of Yeshiva Derech HaTorah in Brooklyn, NY and played an active role in the education of over 1,000 boys during that span.

The tournament will be comprised of eight elite school teams from the New York and New Jersey leagues. Participating in the event are Metropolitan Yeshiva Junior High Hockey League representatives Yeshiva Har Torah, Hebrew Academy of Nassau County, Adolph H. Schreiber Academy of Rockland County and Yeshiva of Central Queens. Joining them from the Hockey Association of Yeshiva Middle Schools will be Kushner Hebrew Academy, Yavneh Academy, The Moriah School and Jewish Educational Center School. The tournament is also serving as a charity event for Hatzolah. There will be a hockey memorabilia raffle held with eight valuable prizes, including autographed jerseys, game-used gear, and autographed pictures. To donate or purchase raffle tickets, or for more information, e-mail

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Community Currents On May 7, Ellie Kastel, executive director of the Boro Park Y, was honored in Albany as part of the Senate’s annual Women of Distinction program which recognizes women’s contributions to their communities. Kastel has been an integral part of the Boro Park YM-YWHA team since September 1980.

(L-R) Senator Simcha Felder, Ellie Kastel, and her husband, Rabbi Dr. Nechemia Kahn.

Rabbi Michael Levi, Rabbi Moshe Ausfresser, and NYPD Chief Thomas Chan at a meeting of New York City’s Office of Pupil Transportation for the city’s yeshivas. Alexandra Robinson addressing the audience.

Over 70 mental health professionals, clergy and community leaders recently attended an Ohel Institute for Training workshop on co-parenting during and after divorce.

An estimated 450 people from throughout the tristate area came together at Young Israel of Jamaica Estates last Sunday to show their support for the men and women of the Israel Defense Forces. Proceeds from the event are being donated to Israel’s Benji Hillman Foundation, which caters to the needs of Israel’s lone soldiers – IDF servicemen and women who do not have family residing in Israel. Delivering the evening’s keynote address was Ambassador Yehuda Avner.

At the first annual dinner for Refuah V’Chesed in Montreal.


Public Advocate Bill de Blasio speaking with Jewish community leaders at a meeting hosted by Leon Goldenberg.

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Community Currents This past Wednesday, in honor of Shavuos, each of the more than 1,000 children attending Released Time across the greater New York area received a Tehillim with his or her Hebrew name. In addition, Release Time instructors organized ice cream parties and readings of the Asseres Hadibros for the children and their families for the first day of Shavuos. More than 20 groups of bachurim will be going out on Wednesday, the first day of Shavuos, and walking as much as 10 miles to run these programs.

Director Dor Lin of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, Israel with Dr. Joshua Weinstein, founder & CEO of the International Center for Autism Research and Education (ICare4Autism).

Earlier this month, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes visited The SAFE Foundation, a New York certified drug, alcohol and gambling outpatient clinic in Brooklyn. He said, “As a man of faith, I believe that it is our responsibility to re-engage and rehabilitate people, allowing them new and healthy, productive, law abiding futures, rather than throwing them into correctional facilities that do not seem to correct anything.”

Yeshiva College juniors Gilad Barach and Eli Grunblatt were recently awarded the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, a highly competitive grant that supports undergraduates who intend to pursue careers in science, math, or engineering. Only 271 college sophomores and juniors across the country are selected for the scholarship, which covers the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.

Board members Jack Terzi, Eddie Gindi, Ike Chera, Ike Dweck, Ike Tawil, Scott Dweck, and Joe Cabasso with DA Charles Hynes in the center.

DA Charles Hynes and executive director of The SAFE Foundation. Board and staff members on the side.

(L-R) Sharon Korn, guest of honor; Rebbitzen Aviva Feiner, Rabbi Feiner; Alan Korn, guest of honor; Brian Nadata, dinner chairman; and Chaim Leibtag, president, at the annual diner for the White Shul in Far Rockaway.

The World Jewsh Congress recently held its Plenary Assembly in Budapest in light of growing anti-Semitic concerns. Among the speakers at the assembly were German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Cardinal Péter Erdő, the archbishop of EsztergomBudapest and current president of the Council of European Bishops Conferences, as well as various special envoys to the Middle East.

FM Westerwelle (right) and President of the World Jewish Congress Ronald S. Lauder.

(Photo credit to Doron Ritter)

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