Dear Readers,

Over the years, we have published a number of letters in this paper regarding changes in the demographics of Kew Gardens Hills and its surroundings. Two weeks ago, we published a letter on this topic that received tremendous backlash. Many from both Bukharian and Ashkenazi backgrounds alike were offended by its contents. We were mistaken to publish that letter, and I apologize for that oversight.

On a personal note, I have developed many strong relationships with individuals and organizations throughout the broader Sephardic Orthodox community. It is truly beautiful to witness how community residents of all backgrounds, and our many nonprofits, have benefitted from a Sephardic influence.

In 2017, I was asked to introduce the Bukharian Jewish Link to the evolving Jewish community of Queens. Our sister publication has likewise flourished.

Institutions devoted to the mission of spreading Torah include Chazaq, Emet, Netzach, and TorahAnytime, amongst a host of others. They are encouraged by the leadership of the various batei midrashimkollelimyeshivos, and other educational strongholds. It is of utmost importance to note that the Bukharian community has successfully raised enough funds to construct a stunning, state-of-the-art mikvah in Forest Hills that welcomes all sects of Jewish life. Most recently, the Bukharian community purchased and put into use a fully-equipped ambulance for Hatzolah of Queens and Great Neck.

At the QJL and BJL, we are looking forward to a growing Jewish community that unites Ashkenazim and Sephardim.

Yaakov Serle

Co-Publisher, Queens Jewish Link/Bukharian Jewish Link