Colors: Cyan Color

The tremendous hakaras ha’tov that I have for Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld shlita compels me to write this article. Having been fortunate to work alongside Rabbi Schonfeld for close to a decade, I would like to publicly thank Rabbi Schonfeld for all his mentorship and guidance. The Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills, as well as the Kew Gardens Hills community at large, has benefited greatly from Rabbi Schonfeld’s wisdom and leadership for 30 years, and it has been a z’chus for me to witness firsthand many of these leadership qualities. As Rabbi Schonfeld retires and leaves our neighborhood, I would like to share some of the lessons that I have learned from watching and helping Rabbi Schonfeld at the YIKGH.

In the Wake of the Supreme Court’s Landmark Ruling on Education Aid, Learn the Three Ps of Advocacy Work

There are no longer any legal barriers to federal, state and local governments providing financial support to religious and other nonpublic schools. This is the core impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling last month in Carson v. Makin - striking down Maine’s policy of excluding religious schools from its tuition assistance program.  So, what comes next?  What are the opportunities for Jewish and allied communities to create and expand education freedom and choice opportunities? The answers lie in remembering the “three Ps” that are the foundation of any good advocacy work - understanding policy, building partnerships and mobilizing people.

After the Supreme Court ruled that the state of New York could not pick and choose who is allowed to exercise their constitutional right to self-defense, Democrats mobilized to pass a law that says they can pick and choose who is allowed to exercise their constitutional right to self-defense.  Every New Yorker should be outraged at this egregious power grab based on nothing but a determination to keep their own citizenry in line.

So, what’s the hardest part about being a grandparent? The hardest part for this writer is when your kids, who live far away and come for a wonderful extended summer visit, leave to go back home. That’s the hardest part. I love hellos. I hate good-byes, but I know everyone feels that way.

Victories abound for life, religion, and self-defense rights came down from the Supreme Court over the past week, reaffirming and protecting freedom for at least one more generation.  While Democrats, the media, and Never Trumpers are trying to distract from the real issues of the nation with the irrelevant and wasteful January 6 committee, the true legacy of President Donald Trump is sitting in those three big chairs in the Marble Palace down in D.C.