Thanks to the ongoing support of the UJA-Federation of New York, the Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula (JCCRP) has been busy serving the community in many areas.

School knapsacks. As part of a generous donation from the Federation, the JCCRP distributed 250 school knapsacks filled with supplies to families in need. The knapsacks are brand new and were distributed in an array of assorted colors. Packed with grade-appropriate quality school supplies, it is hoped they will be helpful to many families in our community. These knapsacks have made a sizable impact on what can typically be a time of stress and financial strain for families in the beginning of the school year.

Basketball program. On Sunday, September 14, the JCCRP was proud to kick off the sixth year of its flourishing basketball program. The basketball program was initially funded by a grant from UJA-Federation of New York, and Jodi Mackoff has been its driving force ever since. The program has grown by leaps and bounds. It is operated out of Beach Channel High School and runs through November. Under the leadership of Coach Brett Tawil, the basketball program has developed into a full basketball clinic that is open to boys and girls ages 6—14. Coach Tawil has lived in this community for 40 years and grew up playing organized basketball locally. Mr. Tawil, who is also the coach at Scholars’ Academy, brings along his student athletes from Scholars’ Academy to help coach the youth. Coach Tawil stated that he has “learned many lessons on how to work with young people from various backgrounds and that this program has thrived at a time where community togetherness and physical movement is in demand, with the focal point being basketball.” Nathan Krasnovsky, executive director of the JCCRP, commented, “The JCCRP is proud to sponsor such an amazing program. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the smiling children on opening night, learning different basketball skills and, most importantly, valuable life lessons from the coach and his dedicated staff.”

Kosher food pantry. On Wednesday, September 17, the JCCRP Kosher Client Choice Food Pantry ran a Rosh Hashanah food distribution subsidized by Brach’s Supermarket. The JCCRP arranged for extra items to be included to suit the Jewish community’s needs for yomtov, including Rosh Hashanah staples such as apples, honey, pomegranates, chicken, rice, and much more. The uniqueness of the JCCRP’s setup is that unlike many food pantries, people can select their items in a manner similar to shopping in a supermarket, allowing for the privacy and dignity that they deserve. With individualized attention, the clients are able to walk through the pantry, one or two at a time, and select various items on their own. Additionally, local yeshivas and kollels picked up packages for their rebbeim and moros, prepackaged according to each family’s needs. In total, more than 500 families were assisted for Rosh Hashanah. The JCCRP is proud to have dedicated officials on site assisting with the distribution, including State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr., Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder, and Councilmember Donovan Richards. The JCCRP appreciates their willingness to get involved and the constant support they provide to our community.

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. For further information, please contact the JCCRP, located at 1525 Central Avenue (entrance on Foam Place), Far Rockaway, NY 11691. Call the JCCRP at 718-327-7755 or visit


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