(PHOTO LINK AT END OF ARTICLE) The Jewish Community Council of Boro Park under the leadership of Rabbi Yechiel Kaufman, Executive Director and Mr. Yussi Rieder, Chairman; hosted their 7th Annual Legislative breakfast on Sunday morning, October 18, at Khal Chasidim, located at 4820 15th Avenue, Brooklyn, in honor of the Shearith Hapleitah-Holocaust Survivors.
This special event coordinated by the acclaimed public relations firm, The Friedlander Group, honored NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg who was introduced by a ringing Councilman Simcha Felder. Surprise Guest Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani wooed the crowed with his presence and strong words of support for Mayor Bloomberg. William Rapfogel, CEO of Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty served as Breakfast Chair. The general theme of the breakfast was articulated by Assemblyman Dov Hikind who paid tribute to the Holocaust Survivors for recreating the cultural landscape of Boro Park with a vibrant Jewish presence, blending the warmth and charitable practices of the past with the contemporary community. The gathering also focused on the uniqueness of Boro Park and its bright future of continued growth and ongoing transformation.
This event is always a valuable outlet for the survivors whose daily personal challenges as senior citizens are compounded by the horrific memories they have been forced to carry throughout the years. It is widely believed that this annual BPJCC event serves as an important stimulation for those participating, allowing them to reconnect with old friends and forge new relationships that add immeasurable companionship and pleasure to their lives.
The program honored the distinguished elected officials for their commitment to the Boro Park community: Congressman Jerry Nadler; State Senators Carl Kruger, Kevin Parker and Diane Savino; Boro President Marty Markowitz; Brad Lander was welcomed as the Democratic Nominee of the 39th NYC Council District. Gregory J. Schneider, Executive Vice President, Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany known as the Claims Conference received the Hakoras HaTov Community Appreciation Award in recognition for leadership and support of various Holocaust survivors related projects. A special message was heard from Jonathan Zalisky, of Health Plus, corporate sponsors of the breakfast. Special Recognition was given to Holocaust survivors Hersh Leib Klein and Peshea Friedman.
PHOTO LINK: Click HERE for photos by Hillel Engel & Shimon Gifter.
(Berel Septimus – YWN)