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For Immediate Release: Contact:
MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2007 Corey Bearak
(718) 343-6779


           Jewish community organizations and agencies joined with local elected officials, including State Senator Frank Padvan and Councilman Anthony Avella, to kick off the Fourth Annual "Pre-Passover Food Drive," Sunday, March 11, 2007, at the Samuel Field Y, 58-20 Little Neck Parkway, announced Chairman Corey Bearak and President Jeff Gurdus of the Northeast Queens Jewish Community Council (NEQJCC), which organized the food drive through March 28.  �We encourage donations of unopened non-perishable foods such as baby food, beans, pasta, rice, canned food at collection points through out northeast Queens,� stated Gail Eisenberg, the NEQJCC's Executive Director. 
           Congressman Gary Ackerman, State Senators Frank Padavan, and Toby Stavisky, Assembly Members Ann Carrozza, Barbara Clark, Rory Lancman and Mark Weprin, and Council Members David Weprin, James Gennaro and Tony Avella joined the NEQJCC, the largest regional Jewish community council in the Greater New York area, to sponsor this program with the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty (�Met Council�), Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation (also a collection point), The Samuel Field/Bay Terrace Y, and many local synagogues and schools.  Y Associate Director Jeri Mendelsohn and Parker Vice President Stuart Almer represented their agencies at the kickoff also attended by NEQJCC Vice Presidents Helene Zaro, Ethel Levine and Corinne Steel.  "We want to fight hidden hunger in the community," stated Mr. Bearak, who announced additional collection sites  at the kick-off (and posted on the Council's website, www.northeastqueensjewish.org), including: 
*Parker Jewish Institute, 271-11 76th Avenue, New Hyde Park; (718) 289-2100;
*Office of Congressman Gary Ackerman, 218-14 Northern Blvd, Bayside; (718) 423-2154; and
*Hollis Hills Jewish Center, 210-10 Union Turnpike, Flushing; (718) 776-3500.
For Information call NEQJCC Executive Director Gail Eisenberg at (718) 225-6750 x247. 


Photo caption:
Announcing the Northeast Queens Jewish Community Council-organized food drive are (l to r) Samuel Field Y Associate Director Jeri Mendelsohn, Northeast Queens Jewish Community Council Chairman Corey Bearak, City Councilman Tony Avella, State Senator Frank Padavan, NEQJCC past-president Joseph Varon, Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and  Rehabilitation President Stuart Almer, NEQJCC Vice Presidents Helene Zaro (foreground) and Ethel Levine, and NEQJCC Executive Director Gail Eisenberg. The drive runs through March 28.  (Photo by Joseph Levine/NEQJCC) 



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