Pinny Heskiel of Pin It Realty
Naftali Solomon of 718 Insurance

On Wednesday, June 28, the Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula hosted its annual First-Time-Homebuyer Workshop in collaboration with the White Shul. The MP room was full of eager participants awaiting to learn about the preparatory steps of purchasing their first home.

The panel of experts included Pinny Heskiel of Pin It Realty, Shalva Schottenfeld of Credit Restoration Specialist for The Hudson Group, and Naftali Solomon of 718 Insurance. Additionally, an expert mortgage broker in the Far Rockaway/Five Towns was on hand to provide guidance.

The presenters explained and illustrated their unique areas of expertise including: credit scores, mortgage qualification, first-time assistance program, budgeting, multi-family homes, property taxes, homeowners/flood insurance requirements, and use of a realtor and tax benefits.

“The process of buying a home is a most tedious one, and many factors come into play. Well-educated first-time homebuyers will save themselves a lot of time and money, ensuring a pleasant buying experience,” commented Moshe Brandsdorfer, executive director of the JCCRP, during his opening remarks.

Pinny Heskiel of Pin It Realty

The panel of experts provided a wealth of practical information so that young, prospective homebuyers would have a clear understanding of the intricate yet exciting journey ahead of them. Each panelist concluded with a Q&A session where the attendees could ask for further clarification and more personal implications about the information they learned. The dedicated presenters even stayed after the workshop to meet with people one-on-one and to schedule private appointments for further consultations.

Bracha and Shmuel of Far Rockaway expressed, “We found the workshop to be extremely informative. As a young couple looking to purchase our first home in Inwood, we really needed the proper guidance to get all of our finances and credit in order. We are so grateful to the JCCRP for arranging this fantastic workshop.”

This workshop is one of the many valuable free services the JCCRP provides to the Rockaway/Five Towns community. The following services are available at the JCCRP: Information and assistance with government benefits including: SSI and HEAP, food stamp enrollment, Medicaid/Child Health Plus enrollment, recertification and advocacy; eviction prevention and tenant/landlord mediation services, crisis intervention, camp scholarship assistance, career counseling, kosher food pantry, financial assistance, and legal referrals.

To support the JCCRP and to ensure future programs like this are available to our community, please visit One hundred percent of your donation goes directly to those in need. For information on upcoming events, visit

The JCCRP is a proud affiliate of Met Council and a beneficiary agency of UJA Federation of NY. The JCCRP provides a range of services for any clients who need assistance in social services or resource directing within the community. Please contact the JCCRP for further information, located at 1525 Central Avenue (entrance on Foam Place), Far Rockaway NY, 11691. Call 718-327-7755 or visit



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