Colors: Blue Color

This week’s Torah portion is Shelach, where the mitzvah of tzitzit – and the blue string of Tekhelet that hangs from them – is recorded. To mark that, Ptil Tekhelet is running a Shabbat HaTekhelet campaign in which numerous Rabbis and educators from around the world will be giving classes and sermons to highlight the importance of Tekhelet. We met up with Dr. Baruch Sterman, co-founder of Ptil Tekhelet and author of The Rarest Blue: The Remarkable Story of an Ancient Color Lost to History and Rediscovered, to find out more about this initiative.

It has long been said that when one begins their voting process at a young age, they tend to vote diligently in the years that follow. The final date to register to vote for the upcoming citywide Primary elections is Friday, May 28. To ensure the largest turn out amongst young voters, Avi Cyperstein, a City Council candidate for district 29, organized several voter drives in local yeshivot and shuls.

The New York City Jewish community continues to stand behind its long-time advocate Eric Adams, as the mayoral candidate, who has been topping the latest polls, continues gather Orthodox Jewish endorsements. On Monday, Adams added to his growing list of Orthodox Jewish endorsements: a coalition of growing and thriving Staten Island Jewish groups and the influential Sephardic Community Federation (SCF), which is based in Flatbush.

Is there anything Jews can do to improve their safety? We put this question to Sholem Klein, the Coordinator of the Rockaway/Nassau Shomrim, a group of volunteers that works closely with Nassau County Police as well as the NYPD. This branch of Shomrim serves the Rockaway and Nassau communities.

We are very fortunate at Margaret Tietz to have wonderful community volunteers, including families, seniors, and good friends of Margaret Tietz to share a Sunday morning to beautify the magnificent garden that has been created through their hands. Project ReBloom was created in memory of Faye Dor, a resident who passed away a few years ago. Her love of flowers and gardening inspired her friends to gather each fall and spring at Margaret Tietz to bring this beautiful Garden to our residents, visitors, and staff.