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For Immediate Release: Contact:
MONDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2006 Corey Bearak
(718) 343-6779


           The Northeast Queens Jewish Community Council [NEQJCC] presents three Awards for Outstanding Service, including one to City Council Member David I. Weprin who chairs the City Council's Finance Committee, at its Annual Installation and Award breakfast, 11:00 a.m., Sunday, October 29 at Bellerose Jewish Center, 254-04 Union Turnpike (one block east of Little Neck Parkway) in Floral Park, announced NEQJCC President Jeff Gurdus.    Mr. Gurdus will be installed to a sixth term as President, reported Corey Bearak, chair of the NEQJCC's Executive Committee.  The other honorees are Michael N. Rosenblut, President and CEO of the Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care & Rehabilitation; and  Corinne Steel, NEQJCC Vice President and its Salute to Israel Parade coordinator.  NEQJCC Executive Director Gail Eisenberg thanked The Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation for it generous support for the reception.

           In addition to Bearak [Temple Sholom], re-elected to a tenth term,and Gurdus [Bellerose Jewish Center], Council officers include First Vice President Helene Zaro [Bell Park Jewish Center], Second Vice President Ethel Levine [Hillcrest Jewish Center], Third Vice President Corinne Steel [Marathon Jewish Community Center], Treasurer Herb Friedman [Jewish Center of Oak Hills], Secretary Marilynne Vogel [Congregation Ohr Moshe and Utopia Jewish Center] and Trustee Dr. Steven Goodman [Samuel Field YM&YWHA].

           For further information, view the Council's www.northeastqueens jewish.org website or contact NEQJCC Executive Director Gail Eisenberg at (718) 225-6750 x247 or via email at gail@northeastqueensjewish.org.

           Reservations may be made at  $25 per person through NEQJCC Member organizations; $36 per person non-NEQJCC member; Tables of 10 at $300 (through October 20.  After October 21, $45 per person, tables at $400.   The Council accepts Congratulatory Messages in its Awards Journal according to the following schedule: Diamond Page at $2,000 (includes reservations for a table of twelve), Full Page at $750 (includes 5 reservations), Half Page at $425 (includes 3 reservations), Quarter Page at $225 (includes 1 reservation), and an Eighth Page at $150.  Journal information must be submitted no later than October 20 to insure inclusion.

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

           NEQJCC projects include neighborhood development, Jewish continuity, Lay Leadership, social action, promoting involvement and volunteer opportunities, 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.

           As part of its Neighborhood Development efforts, the Council helped form the NORC-WOW, a pilot program to serve seniors in one and two family homes.  The Council publishes a (four-fold, 8.5 by 14-inch) brochure, You Can Have It All, touting life in northeast Queens communities, also available through its website.

           Annual programs include its Installation of Officers and Awards Reception (click here for an invite) sponsored by each fall by Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation, the lighting of the largest Chanukah Menorah  in Queens, a Pre-Passover Food Drive, a Fall Food and Clothing Drive sponsored by Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation, and a Purim Carnival at the Samuel Field Y. 

           Each Spring, the Council holds its Annual Legislative Forum, co-sponsored by Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation, Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, and Queens Region-Hadassah, at the Samuel Field Y.  In 2002 and 2004, the Council, together with Queens Region Hadassah and the Consulate of Israel, hosted the Ben Yeduda Street Comes to Bayside, an Israeli Gifts Fair, which 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 ("Met Council"), Samuel Field/Bay Terrace Y, Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation, Queens Region-Hadassah and Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater New York.



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