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For Immediate Release: Contact:
MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2001 Corey Bearak
(718) 343-6779


          Join the the Northeast Queens Jewish Community Council (NEQJCC) and Chabad-Lubavitch of Eastern Queens for the lighting of the largest Menorah in Queens, on the Third Night of Chanukah, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., Sunday evening, December 9, 2001, 24 Kislev 5762, at the Chabad House, 211-05 Union Turnpike in Hollis Hills, announced NEQJCC Executive Chair Corey Bearak and President Jeff Gurdus. Their Fifth Annual Chanukah Menorah lighting features Sufganiyot (jelly donuts), Latkes (potato pancakes), edible Chanukah Gelt, Dreidels, and live music and dancing.

          "The Council appreciates the efforts of Rabbi Yerachmiel Zalmonov for coordinating this important community event," stated Mr. Bearak. "This year�s location offers more opportunities for community members, travelers and passersby to view our community Chanukah Menorah." For more information call (718) 464-0778.

          Mr. Gurdus also noted that Council also sponsors a Chanukah Party earlier on December 9, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., at the Samuel Field Y, 58-20 Little Neck Parkway, in Little Neck, with a Menorah lighting expected to occur between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. For more information on this event, call (718) 225-6750.

Jewish Community hosts Chanukah Menorah Lighting, Sunday, December 9

          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. Its 2001-2002 program includes a Menorah lighting ceremony in Glen Oaks and a Chanukah Party at the Samuel Field Y, both Sunday, December 9; a Sunday, March 3, 2002 Purim Carnival at the Samuel Field Y; and its annual Legislative Forum, co-sponsored by the Queens Jewish Community Council, April 7, 2002 at the Y, 58-20 Little Neck Parkway. Its Neighborhood Development program includes a unique pilot program to bring the resources of UJA-Federation agencies to NEQJCC member synagogues. The Council also collaborates with UJA-Federation to encourage residents to undergo cancer screening through workshops and the availability of mammography screenings.

          An association of 23 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). 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. NEQJCC member organizations include Bayside Jewish Center, Bay Terrace Jewish Center, Bellerose Jewish Center, Bell Park Jewish Center, The Bikur Cholim Society of New Hyde Park, The Conservative Synagogue of Jamaica, Hillcrest Jewish Center, Hollis Hills Jewish Center, Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services/Pride of Judea, Jewish Center of Bayside Hills, Jewish Center of Bayside Oaks, Jewish War Veterans, Lake Success Jewish Center, Little Neck Jewish Center, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Marathon Jewish Community Center, New Hyde Park Jewish Center, Oakland Jewish Center, Queens Jewish Center of Queens Village, Queens Region of Haddassah, Samuel Field/Bay Terrace YM&YWHA, Temple Israel, Temple Sholom, Temple Torah, Yeshiva Har Torah, Young Israel of Bayside, Young Israel of Holliswood/Holliswood Jewish Center, Young Israel of Jamaica Estates, Young Israel of New Hyde Park, and Young Israel of Windsor Park.

          For information, call Executive Director Sharon Nadel at (718) 225-6750 x 247.


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