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For Immediate Release: Contact:
MONDAY, JUNE 8, 1998 Corey Bearak
(718) 343-6779


Joseph M. Varon was unanimously elected as President of the Northeast Queens Jewish Community Council [NEQJCC], succeeded Corey B. Bearak, at a meeting last month [Monday, May 11, 1998] at the Young Israel of New Hyde Park in Floral Park. The Council also elected Mr. Bearak, who served seven terms as NEQJCC President, to a new position, Chairman of the Executive Committee.

In addition to Mr. Varon [Young Israel of New Hyde Park & Queens Jewish Committee on Scouting], a teacher, and Mr. Bearak [Temple Sholom], the Council re-elected Secretary Marcia Federman [Queens Jewish Community Council & Jewish Center of Bayside Hills] and elected Jeff Gurdus [Bellerose Jewish Center] First Vice President, Helene Zaro [Bell Park Jewish Center] Second Vice President, Jonathan Darche [Hillcrest Jewish Center] Third Vice President and Larry Greenberg [Marathon Jewish Community Center] as Treasurer. Mr. Bearak and Mr. Varon thanked outgoing Second Vice President Susan Fogel [Young Israel of Windsor Park] and Treasurer Max Singer [Marathon Jewish Community Council] for their commitment and service to the NEQJCC. Mr. Singer accepted an appointment from Mr. Varon to serve as a special advisor to the Executive Committee.

An association of 20 synagogues and other religious, education, fraternal and community organizations, the NEQJCC covers Bay Terrace, Bayside, Bellerose, Douglaston, Floral Park, Glen Oaks, Holliswood, Hollis Hills, Jamaica Estates, Little Neck, New Hyde Park, Oakland Gardens and Queens Village (north).

Council projects include neighborhood development, Jewish continuity, Lay Leadership, social action, fostering intergroup understanding and building a multi-cultural coalition. The Council combats anti-Semitism and discrimination, sponsors forums with major public figures, Jewish cultural events, open discussions with local Rabbis and represents community concerns. The Council publishes a (4-fold 8.5 by 14-inch) brochure, You Can Have It All, touting life in northeast Queens Communities, including a map locating its member synagogues and institutions.

The Council holds its Installation of Officers each fall (In 1998, Sunday, October 18) at a member synagogue. Its 1998-1999 program includes a December 13 Chanukah Festival @ Y & Menorah lighting ceremony that evening in Glen Oaks and during the day on December 14 at the Bay Terrace and Samuel Field Y's, a Purim Carnival Sunday, February 28 and its annual Legislative Forum, co-sponsored by the Queens Jewish Community Council, March 14 at the Y.

A UJA-Federation beneficiary, the NEQJCC works closely with the Queens Jewish Community Council, Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater New York, Metropolitan N.Y. Coordinating Council on Jewish Poverty and the Samuel Field Y.

For more information, call Sharon Nadel, Executive Director, at (718) 225-6750 x 247 or Corey Bearak at (718) 343-6779.



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