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Friday, October 27, 2000 Corey Bearak
(718) 343-6779


Honor JCRC�s Michael Miller, Y Exec Steve Goodman, late Hal Goldberg & Student Jonathan Bearak

The Northeast Queens Jewish Community Council honors Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater New York Executive Director Michael Miller, Samuel Field YM&YWHA Executive Vice President Steven Goodman, late Queens Jewish Community Council leader Harold Goldberg and student Jonathan Bearak at its Annual Installation and Awards Breakfast, Sunday, October 29, 2000. District Attorney Richard Brown will install the Council's officers including Chairman of the Executive Committee Corey Bearak and President Joseph M. Varon at the 10:00 a.m. function at the Young Israel of Holliswood, 86-25 Francis Lewis Boulevard, one block south of the Grand Central Parkway.

President Varon will present Rabbi Miller with the Council's Award for Outstanding Service to the Community of Greater New York Award. Dr. Goodman will receive the Council's Award for Outstanding Service to the Northeast Queens Community from NEQJCC Executive Director Sharon Nadel. Queens Jewish Community Council (QJCC) Executive Director Manny Behar will present a special award for Outstanding Service to Queens to the widow of Hal Goldberg, a long-time QJCC officer. Jonathan Bearak, a high school freshman who developed the Council�s www.northeastqueensjewish.org website, will be presented a Yasher Koach ("Good Works") award by City Councilman Sheldon S. Leffler, for the 14-year-old�s special contribution to the Council�s neighborhood development program.

In addition to Mr. Varon [Young Israel of New Hyde Park & Queens Jewish Committee on Scouting], a teacher for the NYC Board of Education, and Mr. Bearak [Temple Sholom],District Attorney Brown will install First Vice President Jeff Gurdus [Bellerose Jewish Center], Second Vice President Helene Zaro [Bell Park Jewish Center], Third Vice President Ethel Levine [Hillcrest Jewish Center], Secretary Dr. Leonard Stieglitz [Jewish Center of Bayside Hills] and Treasurer David Weprin [Young Israel of Holliswood and Young Israel of Jamaica Estates], who chairs the function. For more information and to make reservations ($15/ person), call Sharon Nadel, Executive Director, at (718) 225-6750 x 247 or Corey Bearak at (718) 343-6779.

Council projects include neighborhood development, Jewish continuity, Lay Leadership, social action, 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. The Council publishes a (4-fold 8.5 by 14-inch) brochure, You Can Have It All, touting life in northeast Queens Communities, including a map locating its member synagogues and institutions.

The Council holds its Installation of Officers each fall. Its 2000-2001 program includes the presentation of the Chanukah play, The Odd Potato, Sunday, December 10, 3:00 p.m., at Bellerose Jewish Center; a Menorah lighting ceremony after Shabbat on December 23 in Glen Oaks; a Purim Carnival at the Samuel Field Y; and its annual Legislative Forum, co-sponsored by the Queens Jewish Community Council, March 18, 2001 at the Y, 58-20 Little Neck Parkway. Its Neighborhood Development program includes a unique pilot program to bring the resources of UJA-Federation agencies to NEQJCC member synagogues. The Council also collaborates with UJA-Federation to encourage residents to undergo cancer screening through workshops and the availability of mammography screenings.

An association of 22 synagogues and other religious, education, fraternal and community organizations, the NEQJCC covers Bay Terrace, Bayside, Bellerose, Douglaston, Floral Park, Glen Oaks, Holliswood, Hollis Hills, Jamaica Estates, Little Neck, New Hyde Park, Oakland Gardens and Queens Village (north). A UJA-Federation beneficiary, the NEQJCC works closely with the Queens Jewish Community Council, Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater New York, Metropolitan N.Y. Coordinating Council on Jewish Poverty and the Samuel Field Y. NEQJCC member organizations include Bayside Jewish Center, Bay Terrace Jewish Center, Bellerose Jewish Center, Bell Park Jewish Center, The Bikur Cholim Society of New Hyde Park, The Conservative Synagogue of Jamaica, Hillcrest Jewish Center, Hollis Hills Jewish Center, Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services/Pride of Judea, Jewish Center of Bayside Hills, Jewish Center of Bayside Oaks, Jewish War Veterans, Little Neck Jewish Center, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Marathon Jewish Community Center, New Hyde Park Jewish Center, Oakland Jewish Center, Queens Jewish Center of Queens Village, Queens Region of Haddassah, Samuel Field/Bay Terrace YM&YWHA, Temple Israel, Temple Sholom, Temple Torah, Yeshiva Har Torah, Young Israel of Bayside, Young Israel of Holliswood/Holliswood Jewish Center, Young Israel of Jamaica Estates, Young Israel of New Hyde Park, and Young Israel of Windsor Park.

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