The JCCRP 46th Annual Legislative Breakfast is slated to take place on Sunday, April 29, 9:30 a.m. at The White Shul.

This breakfast is one of the few occasions during the year in which the Jewish community has the opportunity to come together and demonstrate our strength to the elected officials, city and state agencies, and other groups with whom we relate. It is also an opportunity for us to thank individuals who have rendered services to the Jewish community and made the JCCRP the remarkable organization so many people rely on behind the scenes. The JCCRP has passionately assisted our community in its quiet fashion for 46 years, truly a hidden gem, truly amazing!

This year, the JCCRP will be honoring several esteemed members of our community. Without their service, this community would not be where it is today.

Audrey Pheffer Lifetime Achievement Award: JCCRP Chairman of the board, Mr. Richard Altabe. Mr. Altabe is the current principal of the lower division at the Hebrew Academy of Long Beach (HALB). He has 30 years of experience as principal in various yeshivot including Yeshivat Shaare Torah, Magen David Yeshivah H.S. and for 18 years as dean of general studies at Yeshiva Darchei Torah. He served both as a mentor for aspiring yeshiva administrators through the Lookstein Center at Bar-Ilan University and as mentor for aspiring yeshiva administrators through Yeshiva University Azrieli School of Education. He has been called upon as a consultant for various yeshivot and day schools throughout the United States and Mexico City. In community roles he was a former elected NYC School Board Member, District 27 Queens, chair of the special education advisory council for Agudath Israel of America, and president of the HS Principal’s Council for the Board of Jewish Education. He is the current vice president of Cahal and a founder of the TOVA Mentoring Program in the Five Towns serving at-risk teens in all yeshivot in the Five Towns and Far Rockaway.

Public Service Award: Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato. Assemblywoman Pheffer Amato is proud to represent the New York State Assembly’s 23rd District, encompassing the Queens neighborhoods of Broad Channel, Hamilton Beach, Howard Beach, Lindenwood, Ozone Park, and the Rockaway Peninsula. Stacey’s mother, Queens County Clerk Audrey I. Pheffer, previously held this Assembly seat for over 25 years, and upon Stacey’s election, they became the first mother-daughter team to hold the same seat in the New York State Legislature.

Born in Rockaway, Stacey has a longstanding commitment to community advocacy and involvement. Stacey has served as president of the parent associations at her children’s schools, most notably stepping up to the plate when the entire school was displaced as a result of Superstorm Sandy, despite her own family’s displacement. Additionally, she has been an active member of the Rockaway Beach Civic Association for over 15 years and serves on the NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program-Rockaway West Committee, which is tasked with overseeing the state’s storm recovery efforts. Prior to holding office, Stacey worked as an education paraprofessional for the NYC Department of Education and as a procurement specialist for the FDNY and the NYC Department of Sanitation.

City Legislative Award: Councilman Chaim Deutsch. Councilman Deutsch is a lifelong Brooklynite, proudly representing the diverse communities within the 48th City Council District. Councilman Deutsch also serves as the chair for the Jewish Caucus. Councilman Deutsch has been a successful and tireless advocate in helping those in need of assistance. From seniors who are homebound or infirm, to kids who are at risk of drug addiction, alcoholism, or abuse, Councilman Deutsch has taken a personal interest in countless sensitive cases, with extremely positive results. Councilman Deutsch offers exceptional constituent services in his district office, providing free legal services, free entitlement services, free landlord/tenant counseling, free tax preparation, and much more. Councilman Deutsch has been at the forefront of several major initiatives throughout the city, including the #GetAlarmedNYC campaign to outfit every home in New York City with a smoke alarm. He also worked with the New York City Police Department to launch the online program to provide New Yorkers with free access to vehicle collision reports.

Public Service Award: Manuel Silva. Silva is a lifelong resident of the Rockaways and has spent his career dedicated to the public sector and community work. Throughout college he spent much of his time leading a volunteer organization and working on numerous political campaigns in a number of capacities. He began his career with the Federal Emergency Management Agency during the Superstorm Sandy recovery as a Congressional Affairs Specialist. Mr. Silva then worked for Community Voices Heard coordinating their efforts to raise awareness among youth around participatory budgeting throughout the city. He then went on to work for The Working World coordinating a cycle of the Worker Owned Rockaway Cooperatives project which eventually led him to found the SuperMarvelous Society, a 501c3 nonprofit focused on social mobility. He is now the chief of staff for Council Member Donovan Richards and spends much of his spare time volunteering in the Rockaway community where he currently resides.

Your attendance and participation in this breakfast is the best advertisement for the community and is a source of encouragement and gratitude for the many individuals and institutions that work together with the JCCRP to make our community an even better place to live.

There will be a journal in correlation with this breakfast to honor the esteemed honorees. To place an ad in their honor or for reservations, visit JCCRP.org/breakfast or contact Barbara Satt at bsatt@jccrp.org or 718-327-7755, ext. 6113.

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