By Raizy Goldenberg

As we look back more than three and a half months post-Hurricane Sandy, we at Nivneh could never have imagined that our reach would extend as far and as wide as it has, baruch Hashem. To date, Nivneh has over 400 partners in place from our local areas as well as Queens, Monsey, New Jersey, Toronto, Montreal, Atlanta, Baltimore, Cleveland, and Israel. We are currently servicing Bayswater, Far Rockaway, and the Five Towns, as well as Long Beach, Oceanside, and Belle Harbor.

We continue to structure our initiative to address the real-time needs of those affected by Sandy, and we are proud to show our complete appreciation to those who make our efforts a reality, as well as share a number of new developments from the Nivneh office.

Nivneh would like to thank CAF for so generously helping those who still needed beds and appliances. Our thanks to Harry Skydell and Michael Landau of the Upper West Side who were also extremely helpful with hundreds of vouchers for these items. We want to thank AHC for being so accommodating and working with Nivneh to try to make the process as smooth as possible.

Thank you Rabbi Rosenberg and Devora Bakst from Nivneh for helping to arrange and organize a sheimos truck this past Sunday for door-to-door pickups from the hurricane victims. This continued to make the clean up process more manageable and convenient.

Thank you to Laurie Garber for all your help with securing a new warehouse for hurricane victims’ items! We are so happy to finally have a warehouse to help the families. Your efforts are so appreciated by the community at large.

Nivneh is excited to work with the JCCRP and is looking forward to distributing even more to the NYC hurricane victims. Executive director Nathan Krasnovsky has arranged special staff at the JCCRP to work with the Nivneh staff to expedite the process of receiving goods and services for NYC residents.

Nivneh Purim cards are being sold all over our local neighborhood in all the major stores, Gourmet Glatt, Brach’s, and Seasons, as well as Petite Pram and the Wig Shop on Central Avenue. They are also being sold in private homes in Far Rockaway and the Five Towns. Please contact: Bayswater rep Shanie Stefansky, 718-490-8520; Far Rockaway reps Malia Bergman, 917-697-0057, or Chaya Gibber, 917-628-8431; Lawrence reps Toby Eisenberg, 516-680-8505, or Lonnie Schick, 917-417-6029; Cedarhurst reps Miriam Vegh, 516-526-1680, or Deenie Schuss, 516-225-2785; Inwood rep Tziporah Reisman, 917-882-8079; Woodsburgh rep Irene Kofman, 516-524-5383; or Woodmere rep Debra Brazil, 516-672-5511, to get your Purim cards today! In the first week Nivneh has already sold a few hundred cards and is looking forward to using the money to help many more people.

If you want to help donate towards items that Nivneh is distributing, to register to be a team leader or partner, or if you are a hurricane victim and feel you need more help and don’t yet have a partner in Sandy, please visit v


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