Hundreds of people came out in support of the Levi Yitzchak Library on July 16 for their Season of Growth event. The day was packed with nutritious food demonstrations and great speakers. Attendees were amazed how the rooms had been transformed overnight from a library to an elegant event space, with many of the books replaced with a beautiful display of desserts, flowers, and prizes.

When the Levi Yitzchak Library first opened nearly four years ago, the tragedy of Levi Wolowik’s, a’h, untimely death galvanized the community into action to build a community library. So many people in the community embraced the concept and believed in the vision of bringing a Jewish lending library to fruition. Baruch Hashem, the library has developed into an essential component of the Five Towns for children, teens, adults, and seniors. The growth of the library and the far-reaching impact it has had on families across the country has been astounding. The library is on track to lend its 100,000th book by the end of this summer from a collection of 10,000 books.

In order to continue to provide the great programs that everyone has come to love, the library needs the continued support of the community. The Levi Yitzchak Family Center is an independent 501©3 not for profit institution that is funded by the community. This Season of Growth event was the first stage in the fundraising to highlight the capital requirements to sustain and grow this community gem of a resource.

The library also depends on its volunteers who have committed themselves to helping out in a variety of ways. Some commit to helping out on a weekly basis, while others give of their time to help out with programs or fundraising efforts. The Season of Growth event was a success due to the dedication of the committee chairs Elisheva Baum, Sharrone Glick, Malkie Hirsch, Tzippy Perlstein, and Rifky Robinson, and a team of loyal volunteers who give of their personal time and energy to ensure that the library thrives. Whether a teen or adult, for an event or daily staff support, the dedication of volunteers has provided invaluable support to the library over the years.

Tzippy Cohen-Perlstein of the Artisan Crunch jump-started the day with delicious shakes and smoothies. These drinks, made with superfood ingredients, ensured that everyone started off their day feeling energized and healthy. With spiralizing being all the rage in creating healthy, pretty dishes, we were then treated to a demonstration by fabulous food blogger Chanie Apfelbaum of Chanie showed how to make Cajun sweet potato rice made from just vegetables and beans and a beet pizza minus the calories of a slice of bread. The aroma in the library was intoxicating, bringing in people off the street. As midafternoon came, and the heat outside became unbearable, Chaia Frishman of Fruit Platters and More helped visitors cool off with refreshing fresh fruit sorbet and homemade fruit leather.

The day was capped off with a chic evening soiree, which included crisp, flavorful Napa Valley wines paired with a large assortment of exotic cheeses from Kosher & Natural, sweet and savory crepes, and delectable desserts. As guests mingled, they had the opportunity to view the amazing prizes donated by the generous sponsors of the event and find out what the stars have in store for them. Rabbi Mendel Zirkind, renowned astrological reader (based solely on Torah sources), spoke about the true powers of the stars, planets, and signs and the impact they have on our personalities, relationships, and overall success. The evening ended with the raffle drawings, which were humorously parlayed by award winning comedian Dr. Stuart Rappaport of Central Vision in Cedarhurst. The stars were surely aligned for some lucky participants who walked away with valuable prizes; however, everyone who attended left feeling like a winner for supporting a valuable local charitable institution.

The next stage of the Season of Growth is a Nine Days Siyum and Dinner taking place on July 30 at Prime Bistro. In addition to the siyum, there will also be a memorial tribute for the shloshim of the three boys murdered in Israel, Gilad Sha’ar, Eyal Yifrach, and Naftali Frenkel, as well as words of chizuk and support for the chayalim who are dedicated to protecting Israel and our Jewish family living there.

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