Colors: Blue Color

In his toughest re-election race, exit polls showed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a couple of percentage points behind centrist rival Benny Gantz, but by the end of the evening on Tuesday, early counting returns projected the incumbent ahead. “The right-wing bloc led by Likud clearly won,” Netanyahu said to his supporters. “I thank Israeli citizens for their trust. I will begin forming a right-wing government with our natural partners already tonight.”

Few people realize that there is a whole community of hidden Jews in Puerto Rico who can trace their ancestry back to the Conversos in Spain during the Spanish Inquisition. Can you imagine being brought up as a Christian and finding out that the family you never met and the quiet secret your family was hiding was that you were really a Jew and your family was descendants of Conversos from the 1400s?

For nearly three decades, there’s hardly an event in the Queens Jewish community where one wouldn’t see Rabbi Avrohom Hecht, the sociable activist, working the room among the elected officials, rabbis, and volunteers. Last Sunday, he took the stage in Rego Park to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Project Lead, honoring local elected officials for providing funding that covers its food pantry, programs for youth, and senior events, in particular for Holocaust survivors. “We assist thousands of clients with human services, distribute over 200,000 pounds of food per year, visit dozens of homebound elderly, and a myriad of other services,” said Rabbi Hecht. “Youth activities, Holocaust survivor services, emigre empowerment, and community development.”