By Chanita Teitz
QJL Marks Third Anniversary, Supporters Network At Event
By Sergey Kadinsky
The newspaper that united the Torah-observant communities of Queens marked its third anniversary on January 14 with a business networking dinner at the Young Israel of Jamaica Estates. Speaking before a crowd of 200, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz honored the newspaper’s publisher, Yaakov Serle, and senior consultant, Yaniv Meirov, for their efforts in expanding the newspaper’s advertiser base and coverage. “The newspaper reaches out to people that I care deeply about,” said Katz. “At a time when information is so key it’s good to know that there is a newspaper that you can read on Shabbat, information on our neighborhoods is there.”
Katz shared the dais with her elected colleagues, State Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr.; Assembly Members Michael Simanowitz, Nily Rozic, and David Weprin; and City Council Members Mark Weprin and Rory Lancman. Looking on were the advertisers whose support enables the Queens Jewish Link to reach many thousands of households in Kew Gardens Hills and another 30,000 across the borough and Nassau County. The event was sponsored by Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz, Ariel Tavor of New York Life, the kosher Dunkin Donuts at the corner of Main St. and Union Turnpike in Kew Gardens Hills, and Soy Sauce, the recently opened Chinese catering and takeout service that provided food for the event. In his welcoming remarks, Rabbi Shlomo Hochberg, marad’asra of Young Israel of Jamaica Estates, looked to the weekly parashah for inspiration, speaking about Moshe Rabbeinu’s unexpected empathy not only for his fellow Jews but also for the Midianite young women in the desert and the livestock, a qualification that made him the leader of his generation.
Billed as a networking event for advertisers, the entrepreneurs present represented a variety of professions, including elder law, bookkeeping, tutoring, public affairs consulting, mold elimination, real estate sales, graphic design, jewelry sales, life coaching, and online marketing. Local community institutions were also represented with Linda Spiegel for the Margaret Tietz Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Rabbi Hayim Schwartz for the Rabbinical Seminary of America, and Rabbi Yechiel Nakdimen of Queens Hatzolah. Shlomo Steinman of Jewish Business Development (JBD) emceed the event, providing an introduction to his group, which organizes a business-to-business meeting every month for Jewish entrepreneurs to network over a dinner. “It’s about building relationships, helping each other and the community at large,” said Steinman. In Queens, JBD meets every first Wednesday of the month at the Chazaq office on Jewel Avenue.
Dennis Weinstein, director of advertising at Touro College, served as the keynote speaker, providing points on effective networking and interviewing strategies for individuals on either side of the table. In his praise for Queens Jewish Link, he recognized the connection between Shabbat and the Orthodox publication. “The Jewish tabloid is still on the rise because of Shabbos, when we read an actual book, daven from a siddur, and study from a sefer.” Following Weinstein’s presentation, audience members were introduced to each other through activities that brought out their common interests.
The newspaper business sometimes appears rife with rivalries to the general public, but within the Orthodox population of the New York metropolitan region, they often collaborate in promoting examples of unity, advocating on matters of importance to the community, educating with columns on the parashah, the daf, and halachah, often sharing the same staff and opinions while reaching their own specific readership base. At the Queens Jewish Link’s third anniversary, the Jewish Press was present with its own table, extending wishes for a successful year to the young newspaper. Likewise, Yaakov Serle was recognized for expanding the number of advertisers not only at Queens Jewish Link, but also at the Five Towns Jewish Times, the Jewish Home, Chazaq, and the New Jersey Jewish Link, the sister publication of Queens Jewish Link.
Among the elected officials who spoke the fewest words that evening while receiving recognition for supporting the weekly Jewish newspaper of Queens was Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz. “Mazaltov,” were his only words.
To those who know Assemblyman Simanowitz, his dream of a Jewish newspaper for Queens meant a publication that offers news, announcements, sales, and things to do, with cover-to-cover content all about Queens, in the process giving the community pride of having its own newspaper and keeping everyone informed.
Notice from the Kew Gardens Hills Civic Association. The MTA and the DOT are making plans to include Main Street, Parsons Blvd. and Kissena Blvd. in a proposed Rapid Transit Bus Route from downtown Flushing to Jamaica, which will create a dedicated bus lane. At this time we have very little information other than we believe the only way to accomplish this would be by removing either one car lane in each direction or the parking lane along both sides of Main, Kissena, and Parsons. Please read the OP-ED from Assemblyman Simanowitz and Councilman Lancman opposing this idea: http://queenstribune.com/seeking-solutions-for-traffic-congestion-in-eastern-queens/
Public meeting, Thursday, January 22, 6:30-8:00 p.m. atTownsend Harris High School (library), 149-11 Melbourne Avenue in Flushing. RSVP appreciated but not required. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Krystin Hence, community outreach coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 212-839-6684.
Some of our local elected officials can still use a reminder about how we feel about this issue. You can call Senator Joe Addabbo at 718-738-1111 and/or Assemblywoman Nily Rozic at 718-820-0241. Assemblywoman Rozic is a supporter of this initiative. Assemblyman Simanowitz and Councilman Lancman are against it. The KGH Civic Association’s concerns are that this will cause economic damage to the mom-and-pop stores, will make travel and parking a total nightmare, and will inhibit emergency traffic to the ER at NYHQ.
Please take at least one or two of these actions so that we can make our voices heard, and please send this to a few people who can do the same.
QJC Movie/Trivia Night. Saturday, January 24, 8:00-11:00 p.m. Queens Jewish Center, 66-05 108th Street in Forest Hills. “Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story.” Join us for a memorable evening featuring this stirring documentary on the life of Lt. Col. Yoni Netanyahu, Bibi’s brother–the only member of the Israeli commando force to be killed during the 1976 hostage rescue at the Entebbe airport. After the movie, test your movie knowledge with movie trivia for fun and prizes. Refreshments will be served. Admission: $10 per person.
Lunch and Learn with Speaker Yaffa Jungreis. Monday, January 26, 12:45 p.m., “Koach Ha’zeman…Our Unique Gift.” Hostess Leah Blieberg, 137-14 71st Avenue.
Caregivers Support Group Meeting. Sunday, February 1, 8:00 p.m. at the home of Irene Wagner. If interested, please send e-mail to email@example.com.
Beautiful Memories Gemach. There is a wonderful new-clothing gemach serving the area located at the Young Israel of New Hyde Park. Beautiful Memories Gemach was founded by Mark and Dr. Beth Krieger in memory of their parents and family members. It started out small and has grown to be one of the largest and most specialized gemachs on Long Island. At Beautiful Memories Gemach they offer a variety of dressy clothes and business clothes for men and women. The gemach is open to people throughout Long Island and Queens of all faiths who are in need of dress clothing for business or special occasions. They are open by appointment in order to assure privacy for those who are in need. The gemach carries a wide variety of men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing, shoes, and accessories in a broad range of sizes. The Young Israel of New Hyde Park is located at 264-15 77th Avenue. Hours are by appointment only. Call 917-703-4694. You can visit beautifulmemoriesgemach.org. v
Chanita Teitz is a real-estate broker at Astor Brokerage in Kew Gardens Hills, serving the entire Queens vicinity. For all your real-estate needs, call her at 718-263-4500 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.