In a meaningful lead-up to Tish’ah B’Av, Emet Outreach hosted a thought-provoking lecture series for students in their Women’s Division. Designed to offer practical tips and shed light on interpersonal connections, the Nine Days series reflected the theme, “It’s All About Relationships.”
The story of Israeli soldier Lieutenant Hadar Goldin a”h seems to be a never-ending tale. It seems commonsense that a soldier going out to battle can rest assured that if the worst occurs, his remains will be returned to his loved ones. In 2014, during Operation Protective Edge, Goldin and Staff Sgt. Oron Shaul vanished, soon to be revealed as casualties. The years have passed ever so slowly for both of these families as they await the return of their sons to bring about a sense of closure. The families have called upon the Israeli government and their American allies to facilitate this basic right. One would assume that the hundreds of millions of dollars, $235 million precisely, that the US has pledged to rebuild Gaza, can amount to the return of these soldiers, at a bare minimum.
Everyone at Margaret Tietz was so happy for Mrs. Berta Rakhmanov, whose granddaughter surprised her on her wedding day. A long white limo pulled up to the front door and in walked the beautiful kallah and her chosson, along with Mrs. Rakhmanov's very caring son. We wish them a life filled with simchah, mazal, love, and much happiness as they start their lives together.
In response to an increase in antisemitic acts, particularly those in the City of New York, the NYPD Shomrim Society has developed the “Safe Shabbat” program. On Friday, July 16, at 6:30 p.m., just ahead of Friday evening services, members of the NYPD Shomrim Society joined with Rabbi and Rebbetzin Zakutinsky’s Hashevaynu on 72nd Drive in Kew Gardens Hills for the inaugural installation of their Safe Shabbat initiative, where representatives spoke on the importance of safety in our communities, denouncing anti-Semitism, and the importance of working together as a community to fight hate at all levels.