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SUNDAY, MARCH 1, 2009 Corey Bearak
(718) 343-6779


Jewish community organizations and agencies joined with local elected officials to kick off the Sixth Annual "Harmony initiative (Hi) Pre-Passover Food Drive," Sunday, March 1, 2009 at 12:30 at the Samuel Y, 58-20 Little Neck Parkway, announced Chairman Corey Bearak and President Jack Friedman of the Northeast Queens Jewish Community Council (NEQJCC), which organized the program. also sponsor the month long drive which runs through April 3. �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.

Borough President Helen Marshall, Members of Congress Gary Ackerman, Gregory Meeks and Anthony Weiner, State Senators Frank Padavan and Toby Stavisky, Assembly Members Barbara Clark, Mark Weprin, Rory Lancman and Ann Carrozza, Councilmen David Weprin, James Gennaro, Tony Avella and John Liu join NEQJCC, the largest regional Jewish community council in the Greater New York area, to sponsor this program with UJA-Federation of New York, Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation, NEQJCC, Samuel Field Y, and many local synagogues and schools. "We want to fight hidden hunger in the community," stated Mr. Bearak.

Left to right Y Associate Director Jeri Mendelsohn,NEQJCC VIce President Ethel Levine, NEQJCC Chairman Corey Bearak, Marc Haken representing Assembly Member Rory Lancman, Council Member James Gennaro, Assembly Member Mark Weprin, Council Member Anthony Avella, State Senator Frank Padavan, Y Assistant Director Rick Lewis, NEQJCC Secretary Marilynne Vogel and Vice President Corinne Steel.  [Photo by Joseph Levine, NEQJCC]




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