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May is here and hopefully it will bring lots of sunshine and clear skies. In Israel, this month will bring both sorrow and joy, as our fellow Jews commemorate four holidays. On Yom Hazikaron, they will mourn their loved ones who perished in the IDF, then 24 hours later they will celebrate Israel’s independence on Yom Ha’atzmaut. They’ll observe Lag B’Omer which is also a holiday of rejoicing, and on Yom Yerushalayim they will honor the continued historical connection of the Jewish people to Jerusalem.
Our community was busy last month. Barkai Yeshiva had their first art fair. The students from Imagine Academy enjoyed two carnivals. The ALEH Foundation held a 5k race to raise awareness and funds for several worthy organizations, and COJO of Flatbush threw their 35th Annual Awards Breakfast. This year the honorees included Mayor Bill de Blasio, Police Commissioner William J. Bratton, Senator Simcha Felder and several other politicians and dignitaries.
Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, the Orthodox Union, the Sephardic Community Federation and thousands of parents worked together to make sure that our yeshivahs were included in Governor Cuomo’s proposed $2 billion “Smart Schools” bond referendum.
In Israel, 113 orphaned boys and their families celebrated their bar mitzvahs at the Western Wall in one beautiful mega bar mitzvah celebration. After the ceremony, there was a special reception where the bar mitzvah boys were joined by Rabbi David Lau and Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef, Israel’s chief rabbis. You can read about this lovely event on page 70.
Also be sure to read about the flourishing Jewish community in Grenada and chapter 5 of Sam Domb’s book “He Hath Not Let Me Die.” You’ll be inspired by our seven day love challenge, try Sylvia Hamowy’s tips for long lasting makeup and learn how to instill self-confidence in your children. Enjoy!
Ben-Gurion and Rachelle Matsas
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