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Teach Coalition to Offer Government Funding Hotline for Yeshivos and Jewish Day Schools in New York and New Jersey.

Last Wednesday, Teach Coalition announced the launch of its new “Government Funding Hotline” service, available for free to all yeshivos and Jewish day schools in New York and New Jersey. Any government funding inquiries sent into the hotline phone number, email address, or webpage will receive a rapid response from Teach Coalition’s expert Government Maximization Services Team.

The media was abuzz this week with the arrest of Jordan Burnette and the 42 charges he was hit with for vandalizing synagogues throughout the Riverdale section of the Bronx. But much of the coverage missed the fact that New York’s bail reform laws sent the suspect right back onto our very streets, leaving New York essentially out of control.

A hotly contested open seat race in eastern Queens could be decided by the Jewish community, as seven candidates seek to take the seat being vacated by Barry Grodenchik. The top two fundraisers represent platforms that vary greatly in regard to Israel. Jaslin Kaur has the endorsement of the DSA, which asks its favored candidates to boycott trips to Israel. In contrast, Linda Lee speaks proudly of her visit to the county in 2008, when she rented a car with her sister and they explored Israel on their own.

On Sunday, June 6, at 1:00 p.m. (New York time) – 8:00 p.m. Israel time – the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills will hold a virtual Memorial Tribute to its founding rabbi, Rabbi Fabian Schonfeld zt”l, who passed away in December 2020. Rabbi Schonfeld, an erudite man, who was at home in many worlds and known around the world, built the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills from a minyan in the basement of the Saperstein home into a bustling shul with multiple minyanim. He built Kew Gardens Hills into a center of Orthodox Jewish life and ensured the viability of Jewish life in Queens by founding the Vaad Harabonim of Queens. Despite his involvement in local, national, and world affairs, he had a close relationship with each of his congregants. Many people, now parents and grandparents, remember the post cards he sent them at camp or the calls he made to them while they were learning in Israel. He never failed to visit his congregants in the hospital, and awed the patients sharing their rooms when he went over to their beds to speak with them about their illnesses and problems.

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards declared April 27, 2021, as Rabbi Fabian Schonfeld Day on the occasion of the Evening of Inspiration held at the Margaret Tietz Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. The event coincided with the widespread display of an inspirational talk under the same title featuring Rabbi Noach Isaac Oelbaum and Rabbi Eytan Feiner. The program included the participation of the center’s CEO Alex Solovey, its administrator Kwang Lee, presiding rabbinic authority Rabbi Zavel Pearlman, director of public affairs Linda Spiegel, US Representative Grace Meng, Council Member James Gennaro, State Assembly Member David Weprin, executive director of the Vaad Harabonim of Queens Rabbi Chaim Schwartz, and Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld and his wife, Rebbetzin Peri Schonfeld, who accepted an honor on behalf of the Schonfeld family.

In sefer T’hilim (35:1-3), David HaMelech cries out: “Hashem, strive with those who strive against me, battle my foes. Grasp a shield and encircling armor, and rise to my assistance. And arm Yourself with a spear and bar the way before my pursuers; say to my soul, “I am your salvation.”