National Small Business Week began this past Monday with a kickoff forum at the General Society Hall in Manhattan on Friday. The event united Jewish community leaders, city, and state officials to raise awareness of resources and services available to business owners throughout the state and allowed them to network as they continue to recover from the pandemic and seek new growth opportunities as they are at the core of the city’s path to rebuild and reinvent herself.

The Margaret Tietz Nursing and Rehabilitation Center hosted an annual memorial service for Yom HaShoah this past Thursday, April 28. The Remembrance Day for Jewish Martyrdom and Heroism included the participation of residents, rabbis, elected officials, and survivors of Nazi brutality.

Neria Aranbayev z”l, 20, was the type of person with an energetic smile that one desired to emulate. Neria developed into an outstanding student of Torah and a beacon of light for the Kew Gardens Jewish community and the Bukharian community at large. His impact was known throughout the many Queens area shuls and organizations, and his love for Bukharian traditions and music knew no end. The child of Avraham (Alik) and Svetlana Aranbayev, and the brother to two loving sisters Irina Aran Sulay and Cristina Noa Aran, Neria had tremendous love and respect for all.