The JCCRP 47th annual Legislative Breakfast is slated to take place on Sunday, September 8, at 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 as a community 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 for 47 years!
This year, the JCCRP will be honoring six individuals committed to the JCCRP and enhancing our community.
Karen Friedman on behalf of the UJA Federation of NY:
Community Chessed Partnership Award
Through her lay leadership at UJA, Karen has been a dedicated leader assisting thousands in alleviating various crises, feeding the hungry, helping the impoverished gain independence, and providing assistance after natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy. The UJA Federation of NY benefits everyone in our community. Most recently, the UJA created a $50,000,000 day school challenge that is benefiting many of our local yeshivas and day schools. Please join JCCRP in showing appreciation to Karen and the UJA for their generosity.
Councilman Barry Grodenchik:
Distinguished City Legislative Leadership Award
Councilman Grodenchik is a dedicated public servant who is always advocating in the NYC Council for our communal needs, such as increased funding for feeding the needy. Additionally, the councilman is an active volunteer for Tomchei Shabbos of Queens and a longtime friend of the JCCRP.
Congresswoman Grace Meng:
Distinguished Congressional Award
The congresswoman has been a true friend of the Jewish people, even if it means swimming against the tide. She votes consistently against BDS, denounces antisemitism, and advocates for additional defense funding for Israel. Grace is a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and its subcommittees on the Middle East and North Africa, and Asia and the Pacific. This is a crucial time to show appreciation to the congresswoman.
Assemblywoman Melissa (Missy) Miller:
Distinguished Community Service Award
Assemblywoman Miller works diligently to assist the entire community. Whether in Albany or in the district, the assemblywoman is a staunch advocate for special education and all communal needs. Due to the unfortunate illnesses of her own children, the assemblywoman is very busy training pediatric care professionals on how to properly care for chronically disabled children.
Senator James Sanders, Jr.: Distinguished Public Service Award
The senator has been a community leader for over 30 years, fighting for constituent and communal needs, including state investment in local roads, increase in job opportunities, and economic growth.
Elisheva Trachtenberg LMSW:
Distinguished Staff Member Award
Elisheva is the director of social services at the JCCRP leading the case management team. She has personally helped thousands of community members survive crisis, sign up for Medicaid, receive crucial services and government benefits, and reach financial independence.
Moshe Brandsdorfer, the JCCRP executive director, commented. “When people walk into the JCCRP with an issue, I’m confident that they will get the help they need. Elisheva and her team leave no stone unturned. We are all indebted to Elisheva for her selfless and dedicated klal work.”
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. We hope to see you there!