Colors: Blue Color

The Kew Gardens Hills Shofar Blowing Initiative was the brainchild of neighborhood resident Mark Mittel, who has long blown shofar at local senior centers and a local minyan. With many homebound due to COVID-19 restrictions, Mittel felt there was an obvious solution. “Many in our area can blow shofar; we just needed to arrange a system to alert the community and find members from the neighborhood to rise to the occasion,” explained Mittel, who also stepped in for Jack Meth to lead the 72nd Avenue shofar blowing.

Responding to the unprecedented challenges of this year’s High Holidays – people alone, singles, the elderly, vulnerable populations, families with small children stuck at home – the Orthodox Union, the nation’s oldest and largest umbrella organization for the North American Orthodox Jewish community, has created a unique online Torah learning platform, “Chag at Home,” which will offer high-level learning resources from renowned Torah educators, content for families, guides for study, holiday table discussion, and activity sheets for children and teens.

The 27th of Av marked the first yahrzeit of Eugen Gluck z”l, a pillar of the Jewish community. Mr. Gluck (second from right), himself the quintessential Jewish activist, particularly for Bet-El institutions, honored Dr. Paul Brody (next to him) and Dr. Joseph Frager (second from left), as they received the Israel Leadership Award at the inaugural dinner of Chazaq, in August 2013, at Leonard’s of Great Neck. They are flanking Guest Speaker Michael Reagan, stepson of President Ronald Reagan. Chazaq boasts “Building A Stronger Future,” under the leadership of Rabbis Ilan and Yaniv Meirov (at far left and right).