This week, an exciting and informative Career Readiness Workshop, sponsored by Project Lead, took place at Simcha Palace on Main Street, in Kew Gardens Hills.

The program was opened by Congresswoman Grace Meng, who spoke about her journey in life as the child of immigrants and eventually becoming a Member of Congress. She made special mention of her grandmother, who still serves as her mentor and spiritual guide.

Over 70 young women from the Queens Bukharian Jewish community, who participated in the event, were also treated to a sumptuous four-course dinner. The other wonderful presenters included Toby Schwartz, a graphic artist with over 30 years’ experience in the field; Rebbetzin Sarah Shulman, math teacher, guidance counselor, and computer software professional, spoke about her personal satisfaction at being a teacher at the Yeshivah of Flatbush. Sarah Felsenthal, a Public Policy Analyst and non-profit management consultant, spoke about her involvement in the political and non-profit world. Dr. Jackie Benayoun, MD, a graduate of Shevach High School, spoke about her work at Westchester Medical Center in the Pediatrics Department. Judge Miriam Sunshine, Court Attorney Referee in Kings County Supreme Court, spoke about her career in the legal field and in the court system.

Rabbi Avrohom Hecht, Executive Director of Project Lead, noted: “It was inspiring to see that our Queens Jewish community has a new generation of bright and inquisitive young women, who seek to grow academically and follow in the traditional footsteps of their families to be productive members of society.”

Project Lead has been providing multi-faceted human services throughout Queens County for the past 29 years, including the distribution of over seven million pounds of nutrient-dense foods, and touching the lives of nearly six thousand youth. Kudos to New York City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams, Councilwoman Lynn Schulman, and the Amazin’ Mets Foundation for funding the event.

Special thanks to Mrs. Shoshana Friedman of Hadar Bet Yaakov, and Mrs. Rina Zerykier of YSZ Girls High School.