The Jewish community of Central Queens is reeling from the shock of the untimely passing of a well-known community personality, Mr. Marc Hoschander, Reb Melech ben Ephraim z”l. The warmth he radiated, along with his energy, enthusiasm, and zest for life, will be sorely missed. Marc was a compassionate, pleasant gentleman who ran to do a mitzvah and display his love for Hashem and His creations.

Rabbonim, Singers & 500,000+ People for Shidduchim at, plus what did Rav Chaim Kanievsky say about this year’s Tefillah?

This coming Sunday, July 25, is the day of tefillah for Tu B’Av. At 12:00 p.m. EST,
join over 500,000+ Jews around the world uniting together in tefillah for shidduchim - “Tu B’Av Together”

One moment. 500,000 Jews across the globe. Together for shidduchim. That is Tu B’Av Together.

It was 20 years ago today – a long time but not long enough to forget the horrors that occurred on September 11, 2001. Every one of us who lived through those shocks will remember them forever.

When tragedy strikes, there is often no rhyme or reason. Yet we often find unsung heroes who rarely desire recognition or accolade. Jews, in particular, have long found Florida as a refuge from the chaos and fast-paced life elsewhere, and many have settled on its shores to ride out their golden years. The Surfside Champlain South Towers oceanfront condominium collapse last Thursday, just north of Miami Beach, has left 12 confirmed dead and 149 victims unaccounted for, as structural flaws are revealed and an investigation before a grand jury appears imminent. Most apartments in this complex had a mezuzah affixed on their doorposts, and during wintertime this condo has a much higher occupancy rate. There remains a concern that there are duplicate names on the unaccounted list, as both English and Hebrew names might have been reported to the rescue team.

The past Shabbos, exactly one month after the collapse of the Champlain Towers South in Surfside, search efforts were officially ceased, bringing a close to one of the worst disasters in Florida history. It was two days later that the final unaccounted victim, Estelle Hedaya a”h, 54, was identified by her younger brother Ikey, bringing the total to 98 fatalities. This moment culminated a month of heart-wrenching t’filos for the Jewish community that committed to bringing peace to each affected family. Nobody who was found deceased is believed to have survived the initial collapse.

College of Staten Island and Programs in Biochemistry and Chemistry at the CUNY Graduate Center

 City University of New York was once a bastion for free and safe public higher education. Among its stakeholders, Jewish New Yorkers flocked to the lecture halls of City College, Brooklyn College, Hunter College, and Queens College and received excellent preparation for careers in law, education, engineering, business, the humanities and the sciences. I myself have been fortunate to be a faculty member at the College of Staten Island and the CUNY Graduate School for nearly 50 years. My wife received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Queens College. We and our fellow Jews belong at CUNY and demand that all communities and stakeholders in the University are welcomed and treated fairly. Today we feel less than welcome at CUNY.