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In light of the recent uptick of anti-Semitic events in New York, Assemblymember Daniel Rosenthal advocated for additional resources for local synagogues and schools from the NYPD. The Assemblyman visited Rabbi Mark Landsman at the Yeshiva of Central Queens, Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld of the Young Israel of KGH, as well as leadership of Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim along with Chief Barrere of NYPD Queens Borough Patrol South and the Commanding Officer of the 107th Precinct.
Inspired by the 9th Siyum Hashas on April 26, 1990, on April 27, 1990, the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills began its own Daf Yomi study group which has met each day since then at 5:30am (7:00am on Shabbos and 6:00am on Sunday). On Saturday night January 4, 2020, the group celebrated the completion of its fourth cycle at a melaveh malkah in the shul. While there were many fewer than the 90,000 people who attended the January 1,2020 siyum at MetLife Stadium, the Simcha Room was filled with Dafi Yomi participants, their families, and friends. The program, organized and MC’d by Richie Spierer paid tribute to Dr. Mordechai Koenigsberg who has been a maggid shiur since the shiur’s inception, Rabbi Dr. Aaron Glatt who shared maggid shiur duties with Dr. Koenigsberg in the early years of the program, Rabbi Fabian Schonfeld who encouraged the formation of the group, Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld who has led the shiur when Dr. Koenigsberg has been absent for a family simcha or a medical conference, and rabbis Israel Wind, Yaakov Abramowitz, Ephraim Glatt, and Yossi Jacobs who also filled in for Dr. Koenisgberg over the past thirty years. Before Dr. Koenigsberg completed the final page of Shas and recited the hadran, family members spoke about Mr. Al Angerman, Mr. Leon Blatt, Dr. Herman Kelman, Dr. Simon Lopata, Mr. Jack Nayberg, Rabbi George Rushfield, and Mr. Alvin Silver, stalwart members of the Daf Yomi group who have passed away.
The National Council of Young Israel (NCYI) thanked Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez and NJ Assemblyman Gary Schaer (Passaic) after they publicly advocated for an increase in security funding in the wake of a wave of anti-Semitic attacks in New York and New Jersey, as well as around the country. The senators are advocating increasing the funding for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program from $90 million to $360 million, while Assemblyman Schaer called for an increase in New Jersey’s own Nonprofit Security Grant program from $1 million to $9 million.