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For Immediate Release: Contact:
MONDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2004 Corey Bearak
(718) 343-6779

NORTHEAST QUEENS JEWISH COMMUNITY COUNCIL´┐Ż & CHABAD HOST "LIGHT UP THE NIGHT" A SPECTACULAR CHANUKAH CELEBRATION, 12/12, 5:30 p.m.

News Advisory

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 Sixth Night of Chanukah, 5:30 p.m., Sunday evening, December 12, 2004, 29 Kislev 5765, at the Chabad House, 211-05 Union Turnpike in Hollis Hills, announced NEQJCC Executive Chair Corey Bearak and President Jeff Gurdus.  "Light Up The Night" A Spectacular Chanukah Celebration, their Eighth Annual Chanukah Menorah lighting, features music and dancing, hot latkes (potato pancakes) and fresh sufganiot (jelly donuts), and dreidels and chocolate Chanukah gelt for all children.

"The Council appreciates the efforts of Rabbi Yerachmiel Zalmonov for coordinating this important community event," stated Mr. Bearak.  "This 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 the Council also sponsors an Over the Rainbow Chanukah Celebration Chanukah Party earlier that day, Sunday December 12, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., at the Samuel Field Y, 58-20 Little Neck Parkway, in Little Neck, with a Menorah lighting expected to occur between 2:30 and 3:00 p.m.  For more information on this event, call (718) 225-6750.

Mr. Bearak) said NEQJCC, an association of 30 synagogues and other religious, education, fraternal and community organizations, covers Bay Terrace, Bayside, Bellerose, Douglaston, Floral Park, Fresh Meadows, Glen Oaks, Hillcrest, Holliswood, Hollis Hills, Jamaica Estates, Little Neck, New Hyde Park, Oakland Gardens and Queens Village (north).  

"Our projects include neighborhood development, Jewish continuity, Lay Leadership, social action, fostering intergroup understanding and building a multi-cultural coalition," said Mr. Bearak.  "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."   Its website- www.northeastqueensjewish.org - features a community calendar a downloaded brochure and links to its member organization websites.

Mr. Gurdus said annual programs include its Installation of Officers and Awards Breakfast each fall, a Purim Carnival at the Samuel Field Y (Sunday, March 20, 2005), and its Legislative Forum each Spring (Sunday, April 10, 2005).  The Council, together with Queens Region Hadassah, hosted Jeruslaem's Ben Yeduda Street and Beyond Comes to Bayside Hills, an Israeli Gifts Fair, in November 14 at the Jewish Center of Bayside Hills.  The 2002 fair at Bayside Jewish Center attracted thousands of visitors who purchased direct from Israeli merchants and listened to Israeli entertainers.    A beneficiary of UJA-Federation, the NEQJCC works closely with the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater New York, and the Samuel Field Y, noted Executive Director Gail Eisenberg who can be reached at (718) 225-6750 x247 or via email at gail@northeastqueensjewish.org

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