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WOMEN’S LEAGUE/MAKOR DISABILITY SERVICES RECENTLY HELD ITS 40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION.

FIVE YOUNG WOMEN FROM THE ANCIENT CHINESE-JEWISH COMMUNITY OF KAIFENG, CHINA FULFILLED THEIR DREAMS OF FORMALLY RETURNING TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE.

Dovid and Cyna Singer and family

Dr. Yechiel Zagelbaum, noted pediatrician, served as master of ceremonies. Dvrei bracha was given by the Novominsker Rebbe, Rabbi Yaakov Perlow, who shared his long standing history with the organization and lauded Mrs. Warman for taking on the sacred task of chesed. Among the honorees were David and Cyna Singer, Guests of Honor; Phyllis Gitlin, the Professional Excellence Awardee, for her 35 years as Director of nursing; Shoshana Lefkowitz, the Makor Leadership Award and Jerome Levy who accepted the Gordon Levy Memorial award which actually coincided with his brother Gordon’s first yarzeit. Mrs. Jeanne Warman, founder of the agency, was presented with the Founders Tribute. Mrs. Warman began the agency with one home in 1978. She never imagined that the need for residential homes and

Shoshana Lefkowitz, seated

services in our community would be so great. Today the agency provides residential services in 32 locations. At the close of the evening special presentation of the Rabbi Ronald Greenwald Memorial was made to devoted staff members who have exceeded 25 years of service.

Two years after Gao Yichen (“Weiwei”), 25, Yue Ting, 27, Li Jing, 30, Li Yuan, 29, and Li Chengjin (“Lulu”), 30, made aliya in February 2016 via the Jerusalem-based nonprofit Shavei Israel, the five underwent formal conversion back to Judaism at the Jerusalem Rabbinical Court. They were all born and raised in Kaifeng, a city in the central Chinese province of Henan located southwest of Beijing, and are descendants of the once-thriving Jewish community that resided there for well over a millennium. “The Chinese Jews of Kaifeng are a living link between China and the Jewish people,” said Shavei Israel Founder and Chairman Michael Freund. “After

centuries of assimilation, a growing number of the Chinese-Jewish descendants are returning to their roots and embracing their Jewish identity. These five young women were determined to rejoin the Jewish people and we were delighted to help them realize their dreams. While in Israel, the five Kaifeng Jews were supported by Shavei Israel, which covered their tuition and living expenses and arranged for them to study at Jerusalem’s Midreshet Nishmat – the Jeannie Schottenstein Center for Advanced Torah Study for Women. Shavei Israel will continue to assist the Kaifeng Jews with their integration into Israeli society.

AT THE RECENT DINNER FOR YESHIVA TORAH VODAATH.

PHOTO CREDIT: SHULIM GOLDRING

PHOTOS BY JEFF HOFFMAN, BETH GUIDRY AND ILANA KANTEY

The American Veterans of Israel Legacy Corporation, in association with the Consulate General of Israel in New York, held the 52nd Annual Mickey Marcus Memorial service  at the U.S.Military Academy at West Point. The event memorialized Colonel David “Mickey” Marcus, among 41 U.S. and Canadian volunteers who gave their lives in Israel’s War of Independence (1947-1949). Among the speakers was Jeffrey Margolis,-President of AVILC; Brigadier General Cindy Jebb, Dean of the USMA Academic Board; Ambassador

Dani Dayan, Consul General of Israel in New York and Major General Michael Edelstein, Israel’s Defense Attache to the U.S.. Colonel Marcus was inducted, during the service, as a Distinguished Member of the Civil Affairs Regiment by the United States Army’s John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center. The program concluded with the recitation of the Mourners Kaddish and a wreath-laying ceremony followed by a Firing Salute and Taps rendered by the USMA Honor Guard.


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ON PESACH SHENI, RABBI ELI BIEGELEISEN WAS INSTALLED AS THE SPIRITUAL LEADER, MARA D’ATRA OF THE FAMED LIDO BEACH SYNAGOGUE, CONGREGATION ETZ CHAIM. HE IS ALSO THE DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AT YESHIVA DARCHEI TORAH. Rabbi Baruch Ber Bender, AchiEzer; Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, Executive Vice-President, Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud HaRabbonim; Rabbi Yaakov Klass, Presidium Member Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud HaRabbonim; Rabbi Yaakov Bender, Rosh HaYeshiva Darchei Torah; Mr. Alex Berkovich, President Lido Beach Synagogue; Rabbi Eli Biegeleisen, Lido Beach Synagogue; Rabbi Dr. Chaim Wakslak, Young Israel of Long Beach; Rabbi David Bibi, Swephardic Congregation, Rabbi Dovid Rothschild, Mesivta of Long Beach, Mr. Bert Fried, Chairman of Lido Beach Shul and Ariel Sutain Vice President

Rabbi David Ashear

At Young Israel of Jamaica Estates in Queens, well over two hundred enthusiastic men and women came to hear internationally renowned historian Rav Berel Wein. The event was sponsored by CHAZAQ in conjunction with the Young Israel.

The horrific house fire in Brooklyn that claimed the lives of a mother and three children on Chanukah, was a tragic and painful loss for the Azan family that also brought all of Klal Yisrael into a state of mourning.  Rav Aharon Walkin, the Rosh Yeshiva of Chazaq’s Bais Medrash Nosson Meir in Queens, approached members of his morning shiurim and expressed a desire to dedicate a Sefer Torah in their

memory. The Sefer Torah was mostly sponsored by members of the Bukharian-Sefardic community in Queens but they agreed to dedicate it to the Ashkenazi community in Lakewood, New Jersey as a special show of achdus amongst all segments of Klal Yisroel. Chazaq organized ksivas Osiyos on the day before Lag B’Omer which was attended by numerous prominent community rabbonim and community

members. Reb Yosef Azan, the father and husband of the victims, attended the event and wrote a letter in the Sefer Torah as well. On Lag B’Omer, the Sefer Torah was brought to the home of Rav Ahron Walkin in Lakewood for thefinal letter writing and then taken to the streets where hundreds of men and women danced throughout the night.

Rav Pesach Krohn

Once again, N’shei C.A.R.E.S. / Agudah Women of America presented a Sefirah Event in the spirit of making our days count by promoting spiritual growth and working on the improvement of our middos. The topic of the evening was, “Being a Friend in Times of Need.” The event, which is sponsored annually by Maimonides Medical Center presented Rabbi David Ashear and Rabbi Paysach Krohn. The program was chaired by Mrs. Laya Leshkowitz, co-chairman of N’shei C.A.R.E.S.

On April 25, shortly before the historic address by Emmanuel Macron, President of France, Rabbi Shlomo Segal of Kehilat Moshe of Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY delivered the opening prayer before the U.S. House of Representatives. Following the prayer, U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, of the 8th Congressional district, who sponsored the Rabbi as the Guest Chaplain of the day, welcomed Rabbi Segal along with his wife Adina, and other family members to the nation’s capital.


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HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL CREATIVE ARTS CONTEST AT KINGSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D-Brooklyn) honored the student winners of his Holocaust Memorial Creative Arts Contest at Kingsborough Community College recently. During the ceremony, the lawmaker announced that he was able to provide $700,000 in State funds that will

quadruple the size of Kingsborough’s existing Holocaust Center and create a new Intercultural and Student Center. These facilities will be accessible to the college and community for programming and research. The ceremony featured remarks by Holocaust survivor Jehuda Lindenblatt, Kingsborough

Community College Interim President Peter M. Cohen and Brooklyn College President Michelle J. Anderson. The contest attracted hundreds of entries from elementary, middle and high schools. Assemblyman Cymbrowitz sponsors the contest with the Manhattan

Beach Jewish Center, Holocaust Memorial Committee, Lena Cymbrowitz Foundation and Project Witness.

Hebrew Language Academy student Leah Portnoy, a second-place winner, with Assemblyman Cymbrowitz and City Councilmembers Chaim Deutsch, Kalman Yeger and Mark Treyger.

The first-place winners from Bay Academy.

At the JCA Lag b’Omer event

4th grade students in Lev Bais Yaakov working on their science experiment

To celebrate the 36th anniversary of the Maccabi Games, JCC of Greater Baltimore was host to both the Mini Maccabi (ages 9-10) and the Junior Maccabi Games (ages 11-12). More than 900 athletes from 18 different JCCs participated in the Mid-Atlantic Mini and Junior Maccabi Games, which incorporate healthy competition as well as social and cultural experiences. The Friedberg JCC Boys Basketball Team were the winner of the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Junior Maccabi Boys Basketball Games. The boys dominated the competition as they went undefeated with a 6-0 record.

A POST LAG BAOMER BONFIRE, THE SCOUTS WAY WITH ALIZA BERCOVICS Despite the predictions for ominous weather, the rain held off just long enough for the newly formed Cub Scout Pack 1818 to enjoy their first outing! In just three short weeks, over 50 local boys and their families registered with Pack 1818, the newest Shomer Shabbat and kosher chapter of Cub Scouts, chartered by The Marion and Aaron Gural JCC and initiated by local parent and attorney, Batsheva Altman. The pack, comprised of six dens based on grade level, meets twice a month. The program focuses on character and leadership development. Scouting em-

braces the outdoors through camping, hiking and water sports. They also focus on helping communities through service projects, STEM development and building confident kids through a wide range of activities.  The scouts have met twice at the JCC’s Harrison-Kerr Family Campus in Lawrence and took a trip to the outdoors campgrounds in Baldwin. At the outing, Sagamore Troop

volunteers, Steven Alberts and Wayne Price, demonstrated how to build a fire by forming a teepee of kindling and different size logs and then lit the fire with flint. The boys listened intently as they learned tips on fire safety such as keeping a proper distance, not to play near the fire, to keep their tzizit tucked in and to have a bucket of water handy to extinguish the fire.  Cubmaster Bruce Wernick was de-

lighted to see boys from a wide range of local schools join the pack. “We have kids signed up from public schools, HAFTR, HALB, HANC, South Shore, Darchei Torah and other local institutions, forming friendships and working together.  This is one of the only local activities I know of that bridges the divide between so many different groups in our community,” he explained. 

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