On Wednesday evening, June 29, the Queens community, local rabbanim, and local politicians gathered to bid farewell to the Rabbi and Rebbetzin of the Young Israel of Hillcrest, Rabbi Dr. Richard Weiss and Rebbetzin Adina Weiss, who are leaving the shul after 17 years. The Weisses will be moving to Woodmere, and Rabbi Weiss will be working with Yeshiva University, mentoring students entering college on track to go to Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

On Thursday evening, June 23, Rabbi Yaakov Mizrahi, well-known speaker, shared an inspiring live lecture on behalf of Chazaq at the Beth Gavriel Center to a large crowd of young professionals. Rabbi Mizrahi shared that the three parshiyos we read at this time of the year reveal unfortunate events for the Jewish people. How are the three linked together?

What is the key factor that has brought and continues to bring JEP (Jewish Education Program) so much success in kiruv all these years? Rabbi Yaakov Finestone, Director of JEP Queens, shared the powerful teaching of his rebbe, Rav Henoch Leibowitz zt”l. “Truly care about the whole person in entirety. This can make a difference in someone’s life. A smile, kind words, you have no idea the impact each of you can make. You don’t have to be a professional in kiruv to make an impact.”