Colors: Blue Color

A Magnificent Beginning To Every Life Story

How some moments fleet away, like a fading dream or the dissipating dew? As we draw close to life’s monumental decisions, we celebrate them and cherish the opportunity to start on a beautiful note. In such circumstances, the setting can make all the difference for those memories we fondly recall. Treasured time, a Castle straight off the pages of a fairy tale; these are amongst the experiences promised by Legacy Castle. We interview the team at this truly remarkable place in the hopes of giving our readers a chance to imagine the upper limits of their special celebrations.

Children of Kew Gardens and Kew Gardens Hills were treated to a special treat in honor of Rosh Chodesh Sivan this past Sunday afternoon. The Klein’s ice cream truck came to town, serving delicious cones to neighborhood kids. The first stop was at the Kew Gardens Synagogue Adath Yeshurun(aka The Big Shul), where families lined up in an orderly fashion according to their last name. Then, three stops were made in KGH: first at Young Israel Queens Valley, then in front of Yeshiva of Central Queens, and finally in front of the Queens Valley Playground (better known as the Shabbos Park), at the corner of 76th Avenue and 137th Street. Children and parents alike social distanced in a remarkable fashion, making a true kidush Hashem as they formed lines patiently awaiting their turn to meet the ice cream man! The special delicacy was sponsored anonymously to bring cheer to the children stuck at home most of the week in quarantine. Mi K’amcha Yisrael!

We live in an amazing community. In a previous article, I mentioned all the heroes on my block in Kew Gardens Hills; now, I would like to single out another special group of people who shine, bringing positivity and sparkle to many people during all times and especially during this difficult time. I interviewed several local psychotherapists and psychologists to find out how this virus has affected their work and their thoughts about it. I found their positive outlook and thoughts so inspiring.

As the COVID-19 pandemic persists, individuals of all ages are left feeling isolated, helpless, and looking for support like never before. Despite the resiliency of the human spirit, this “new normal” is taking its toll on countless members of our community – family members, neighbors, friends, and colleagues. Thousands of individuals have turned to OHEL for care, comfort, and mental health services, and OHEL continues to be the central address for the heavy lifting necessary to support the community during these trying times. The OHEL ACCESS line has been ringing consistently with urgent requests to actively and directly aid with Domestic Violence, Anxiety, Care Giving for individuals with disabilities and older adults, Coping, Loss, and Grief.

Shavuos is the culmination of the seven-week-long “counting of the Omer” that occurs following Pesach. The very name “Shavuos” means “Weeks,” in recognition of the weeks of anticipation leading up to the Har Sinai experience. Shavuot commemorates Hashem giving the Torah to B’nei Yisrael. During the holiday prayer services, we read the story of the Revelation at Mount Sinai and the giving of the Ten Commandments. On the second day of Shavuos, we read Megillas Rus.