Colors: Blue Color

Democratic mayoral candidate Andrew Yang followed through on a campaign promise made just last week to residents of the Jewish community of Kew Gardens Hills – to return before Election Day. Yang joined Assembly Member Daniel Rosenthal, who delivered an endorsement early in the campaign. They began the afternoon greeting passengers at the Kew Gardens subway station and continued onto Kew Gardens Hills, where Yang spoke with community members, heard their concerns, and posed for photos. Yang reaffirmed his commitment to public safety. “Nothing is going to work in our city unless we and our families are safe on our streets and in our neighborhoods.” He vowed to tackle this challenge as his first task in office.

Following the success of the pilot year of the Purple Fellowship, Shalom Task Force (STF) is excited to announce the launch of the STF Young Leadership Board and Ambassador Program. “When our first cohort of the Purple Fellowship was wrapping up, we knew we did not want these students’ involvement with STF to end there. This new initiative allows for our future leaders to grow the skills they excelled in during the fellowship, while deepening their connection with the work of STF,” says Jeffrey Younger, Director of Communications and Program Operations.

The three-week period that begins with the fast of the 17th of Tamuz and climaxes with Tish’ah B’Av is known as “The Three Weeks.” It is a time of mourning and reflection for the destruction of both the First and the Second Temples in Jerusalem, as well as many other tragedies that befell klal Yisrael over the course of history. In order to internalize and grow from the memory of these calamities, Chazal instituted increasing degrees of mourning practices during this period.