When thinking of an organization that tries to touch upon all aspects of Jewish life, one of the first that comes to mind is Chazaq.
Over the past decade, Chazaq has progressed from being a community outreach organization (The “q” in Chazaq stands for Queens), to becoming an organization that has spread well beyond the tristate area, with riveting lectures and programs for men and women of all ages.
“Our main focus continues to be our afterschool programs for public school students,” says Chazaq operations manager R’ Yaniv Meirov. “Our entire staff, board of directors, and rabbinical leaders are constantly looking for ways to inspire more and more of our Jewish youth, and we will keep working hard till we maximize our potential.”
“But we also look for new ways to inspire all segments of the community. We have a children’s division, a women’s division, and even a division for senior citizens,” says Meirov. “One division that we touch upon in private but not so much in a public fashion has been our married couples division. Our rabbis touch the lives of scores of couples on a weekly basis via group learning sessions and private counseling, so some of the couples pushed us to put together a couples event for the broader community.”
Indeed, Chazaq board members Mr. and Mrs. Boris Shamayev joined Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Abraham to organize a luxurious couples event at the Shiraz Restaurant in Great Neck. The event was sold out within two weeks. Unfortunately, scores of couples were unable to join.
The evening attracted couples from communities around New York who were treated to a lavish dinner along with words of inspiration from Chazaq director Rabbi Ilan Meirov and special guest speakers Rabbi Benzion Klatzko and clinical psychologist Dr. Sara Barris.
The theme of the event was learning how to appreciate one’s spouse and improving on communication skills. The speakers shared fascinating personal stories to help bring their messages across, and from the look on everyone’s faces the messages were very well-received.
“We have been going to Chazaq lectures for nearly three years,” said one couple. “Last summer, we heard about Chazaq’s afterschool programs and our eldest daughter was immediately enrolled. Thank G-d, within two months, Chazaq placed her in yeshiva … Now, Chazaq is also helping us with our shalom bayit,” they said with a smile.
Indeed, from young to old, Chazaq seems to reach them all. To that we say chazaq chazaq v’nitchazeiq!