Colors: Blue Color

After a year-long delay, the Young Israel of Queens Valley held its virtual recognition dinner on Sunday evening, March 14, with Rabbi Shmuel Marcus, the officers, the dinner chairs, and the honorees present in the shul. The dinner chairman, Shelby Dua, successfully organized the event in accordance with safety measures, despite numerous COVID challenges.

When an individual dies, the Executor or Administrator (“fiduciary/representative”) of the estate has the responsibility of distributing the assets to the beneficiaries.  The Executor must sift through files to determine what assets the decedent held at the time of death.  With the advent of technology it has become more difficult to get a handle on people’s assets after they die.  Even if the Executor finds an asset, he or she has to access the electronic document with a password. 

The Chazaq Organization and Met Council spent the afternoon of Tuesday, March 16 distributing hundreds of groceries items of the Pesach holiday. The event, held at the recently inaugurated Lev Aharon Community Food Pantry in KGH, attracted a vast array of community leaders and elected officials. Representing Met Council were Benjamin Zaientz and Aron Cyperstein. Other notable attendees included Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, Mayoral candidate Andrew Yang, Council Member James Gennaro, Council Member Barry Grodenchik, Assembly Member Daniel Rosenthal, District Leader Shimi Pelman, City Council Candidate Avi Cyperstein, and Jewish liaison for Public Advocate Jumaane Williams Simon Sebag, among others. Chazaq CEO Rabbi Yaniv Meirov was on hand as well.

The opportunity for an on-site lesson in state government was canceled last year at the onset of the pandemic. This week, Teach Coalition, a grassroots coalition of Jewish schools organized by the Orthodox Union, had a virtual lobbying day with community leaders, state lawmakers, and nearly 300 students from more than a dozen schools participating in a Zoom meeting to call for funding day schools.