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FRIDAY, JUNE 6, 2008 Corey Bearak
(718) 343-6779


Tues, June 17, 7:00 pm Concert in Cunningham Park features Yoel Sharabi
Sun., June 22, 11:00 am � 6:00 pm Israel Vendors Fair. Bayside Jewish Center, 203-05 32nd Ave.

Northeast Queens celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel with a two community events this month, announced Corey Bearak, chair of the Northeast Queens Jewish Community Council (NEQJCC) and Dr. Sandra Alfonsi, National Vice President of Hadassah and a Past President of its Queens Region. A free concert featuring internationally renown Israeli entertainer Yoel Sharabi performing with his Orchestra takes place Tuesday, June 17, 7:00 p.m. in Cunningham Park, Union Turnpike and 196th Street. On Sunday, June 22, from 11:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m., the NEQJCC and Queens Hadassah reprise the successful Israeli Vendor Fair they collaborated on in 2002 and 2004 at Bayside Jewish Center, 203-05 32nd Avenue, Bayside, NY 11361. "Ben Yehuda Street Celebrates Israel at 60" gives New Yorkers an opportunity to purchases Made In Israel gifts direct from merchants from Israel and support the State of Israel�s economy.

The Friends of Cunningham Park, Northeast Queens Jewish Community Council, Queens Hadassah, UJA-Federation of New York, Jewish Community Relations, Council of New York, Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, Samuel Field Y, the office of Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, and the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation invite the public to Celebrate Israel at 60 in song and music starring Yoel Sharabi and his Orchestra. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets. 

The Ben Yehuda Street fair features vendors will be here direct from Jerusalem with Netef Designs, Yanni, Anini, Adi Jewelry, Judaica, crafts and many more. President Jack Friedman said the Council and Queens Hadassah organized the fair to help the people of Israel who face tough economic times related to violence perpetrated by Palestinian and other terrorists. Visitors to the fair will also enjoy Israeli music performed free (1:00- 4:00 p.m.), featuring special appearances by Yoel Sharabi and others. For Information, contact NEQJCC Executive Director Gail Eisenberg at (718) 225-6750.

�Our Ben Yehuda Street Comes to Bayside Fair offers attendees a chance to buy presents and products �Made in Israel� for their family and friends and help our vendors who live and work in the State of Israel,� said Dr. Alfonsi, Past President of Queens Hadassah. �All revenue goes directly to our merchants.� Mr. Friedman added, �Visitors can come and spend the day as they�ll also be able to eat lunch in our glatt kosher cafeteria and enjoy Israeli music while they shop.�

Mr. Bearak said the NEQJCC, an association of 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 maintaining a community calendar, neighborhood development, Jewish continuity including Shalom Bayit/Healthy Marriage, Lay Leadership, social action, promoting involvement and volunteer opportunities, 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. Its newest program, the Harmony Initiative or �Hi� represents a collaboration funded by the City Council including the Office of the Queens District Attorney, the City Commission on Human Rights and the Northeast Queens Branch-NAACP. 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. It also maintains a community website, www.northeastqueensjewish.org.�

Mr. Friedman said annual programs include an Installation of Officers and Awards Reception (See the 2007 invite and the 2007 program journal) sponsored by each fall by Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation (this year, Sunday, October 26, 11:00 a.m. at Bellerose Jewish Center honoring outgoing President Jeff Gurdus and Y Board Chair and UJA-Federation lay leader William Frumkin), Annual programs include the lighting of the largest Chanukah Menorah in Queens, Pre-Passover and Fall Food Drives sponsored by Parker Jewish Institute and Met Council, and a Purim Carnival at the Samuel Field Y. Each Spring, the Council holds its Annual Legislative Forum, co-sponsored by Parker, Met Council, JCRC and Queens Hadassah, at the Samuel Field Y.

A beneficiary of UJA-Federation, the NEQJCC works closely with the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty ("Met Council"), Samuel Field Y, Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation ("Parker"), Queens Hadassah and Jewish Community Relations Council of New York ("JCRC"), noted Executive Director Gail Eisenberg who can be reached at (718) 225-6750 x247 or via email at NEQJCC@aol.com




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