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Protest the Department of Transportation’s New Project
Along Ocean Parkway

The Department of Transportation has undertaken a two-year project along Ocean Parkway. The changes to be made will enhance pedestrian and bicyclist safety between the Prospect Expressway and the Belt Parkway. Planned improvements include: Replacing stop signs with traffic signals on the service roads at Bay Parkway, Avenue J, Avenue P, and Kings Highway, installing speed display signs at certain locations, and eliminating right turns from the mainline and left turns from the service road at Avenue J, Avenue P, and Kings Highway.

Assemblyman Dov Hikind has expressed some concern with this plan. “It is the elimination of these turning options that I feel will make Ocean Parkway motorists more confused and less safe,” he says. He anticipates more traffic along the service roads, more bottlenecks and slower driving time as cars are forced to turn a block earlier onto the service road to make a right at these intersections. “Ocean Parkway is a major thoroughfare that thousands of people use on a daily basis,” says the Assemblyman. “I agree that safety is a top priority; however, creating a traffic nightmare for drivers will lead to confusion and frustration.” Not to mention the valuable parking spaces that will be lost along the service road as these changes are implemented. Assembly Hikind encourages readers to voice their opinions on this matter. If enough people protest, we may be able to stop this project from occurring. Please call Assemblyman Hikind’s office at 718-853-9616 to make your thoughts known. He can also be reached via e-mail at hikindd@nyassembly.gov.

The Joseph D. Beyda
SBH Community Services Building Opens Its Doors

On Sunday November 13th, over 150 community members gathered to honor Joseph D. Beyda, A”H, the namesake of SBH’s newest home. The Joseph D. Beyda SBH Community Services Building now houses both the SBH Counseling Center and Sara Ann’s Closet (formally known as Dress-A-Child). The building is dedicated in memory of former SBH President Joseph D. Beyda, A’’H, who had a vision, over twenty years ago. He dreamed that SBH would one day have a facility dedicated to mental health and therapeutic services – and that has now come to fruition. 

Before moving into the new building at 1955 McDonald Avenue, SBH offered services in different corners of the organization’s Kings Highway headquarters. Now in its own home, the SBH Counseling Center is able to increase the number of community members they treat from 430 to over 750, and the number of therapy sessions delivered from 14,000 to 30,000 annually.  

Sara Ann’s Closet, which has been dedicated by Sara and Morris Setton and family, is located right next door to the Counseling Center, in the Community Services Building. This newly renovated space offers SBH clients a way to “shop” for everything from layette and school uniforms to holiday clothing in a store-like setting. The merchandise is brand new, and often donated by community vendors in the wholesale and retail industries.

SBH is so excited to share their newest home with the community!

Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie,
and… Schnitzel?

Last month, the Jersey Shore Rockets, an all-Jewish baseball team which competes throughout the tri-state area, clinched a playoff berth!  This was quite a feat, as they faced top-notch opponents all season long and still persevered. 

The Rockets manager, Erwin Braha, was very impressed with his players, commenting, “We have a team that competes 100% and I am very proud of them. These guys aren’t playing softball or pickup games; this is a hard-core league with teams that eat, sleep, and breathe baseball. Our goal is to go all the way and bring the first championship to our all-Jewish team!”

The secret to the Rockets’ success lies in a combination of things – among them a talented group of hard working athletes and a very dedicated coaching staff, which consists of Andrew Maze, Robert Dimitro, and Nathan Harary. Go Rockets!

Hundreds of Community Women Participate in The Great Challah Bake at the Sephardic Community Center

On November 10th 2016, three hundred people participated in The Great Challah Bake at the Sephardic Community Center. An annual event meant to promote unity among our community women, The Great Challah Bake is done in conjunction with the Shabbat Project of South Africa. Under this initiative, Jewish women from around the world come together to make challah on the same day each year. Kedusha radiated from the SCC, as both experienced challah bakers and complete novices united in the mitzvah. It was truly moving to hear the beginners saying the beracha of Al Hafrashat Challah for the very first time under the guidance of Violet Chokuri.

Equipped with a large tray, donated by Dr. Jack Sadacka’s medical office, and a tub of ingredients, donated by Avenue S. Mini-Market, each woman baked five pounds of challah for her Shabbat meal. Naomi Nachman of the Aussie Gourmet led the endeavor. “It was amazing to look around the room and see all of these women united in the mitzvah of challah baking,” says event coordinator
Linda Sadacka.

In the hour-long interim needed for the dough to
fully rise, the women enjoyed cooking demonstrationsby Aliza Salem (@theghettogourmet), Michelle Gindi (@buddhabowlsandburpees), and Paulina Ashkenazie (@holy_kale). All cooked up delicious Shabbat-friendly recipes as the women looked on. A table full of hors d’oeuvres platters, perfect for hosting a mazza party, was also raffled off.

Once the challah rose each participant got the opportunity to make her own beracha and was reminded to take the piece of challah home to burn. On the way out, the women were encouraged to venture downstairs and purchase offerings from various vendors. On display were Shabbat flowers, cured olives, mazza, oven-safe dishware and more. Many thanks to Dr. Jack Sadacka, Richie Dweck, and Elizabeth Gindi for sponsoring the event. The Great Challah Bake was an inspiration to all who attended!

Kosherfest 2016 Connects
the Global Kosher Food Industry

Kosherfest, an international trade show for the kosher food industry, now in its 28th year, was held at the Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus on November 15 and 16. Manufacturers met with distributors, wholesalers, and retailers to get their products – many first introduced at the show – onto the shelves and into consumer shopping carts. Menachem Lubinsky, president and CEO of Lubicom Marketing Consulting, founder and co-producer of Kosherfest, said the only common denominator among food exhibitors is kosher certification.

Kosher food is expanding as a category, and growing internationally. Lubinsky noted the rise of large, independent kosher markets that has taken place over the last five to seven years. Changes in the industry are enormous,” he said. “Large discounters have bought in, too. Costco, Walmart, and Trader Joe’s now have major kosher sections. Every level is growing at a phenomenal pace.”

There were exhibitors and visitors from 21 countries around the world including Korea, Japan, Turkey, and Russia. “Being kosher today allows manufacturers access to many markets they couldn’t be in if they weren’t kosher.” Israel is the largest kosher food market in the world, with about 80 percent of the products under kosher supervision. The United States is the second-largest market, followed by peripheral countries including South America, South Africa, and Australia.

Gedolei Yisrael Address Siyum Hashas Made
by Beth Medrash Govoha Chaburas Dirshu

“What a simcha, what an accomplishment! One chaburah has learned Shas from beginning to end – not just learned Shas but been koneh Shas with depth and breadth. It is a morediger simcha!”

These were the words of HaGaon HaRav Malkiel Kotler, shlita, Rosh Yeshiva of Beth Medrash Govoha of Lakewood, at the milestone Siyum HaShas of Beth Medrash Govoha’s Chaburas Dirshu. For 18 years,
Chaburas Dirshu of Beth Medrash Govoha has learned, chazered, and taken tests on Shas b’iyun. They have slowly and comprehensively learned masechta after masechta, blatt after blatt, Tosafos after Tosafos, one rishon after another. Finally, on Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan, hundreds of people, led by many of America’s renowned Gedolei Yisrael, gathered in Beth Medrash Govoha’s banquet hall to celebrate the simcha of welcoming so many new Shas Yidden to Klal Yisrael.