z7Young Israel of Hewlett, Congregation Ahavat Israel, held its annual shul dinner at Congregation Ohr Torah. The congregation, led by Rabbi Heshy Blumstein, recognized community members for their dedication and it honored Town of Hempstead Senior Councilman Anthony J. Santino with a special award for his efforts during and after Hurricane Sandy as well as the continuing recovery. Thanks to Santino’s advocacy, more than $1 million in previously denied claims have now been paid to homeowners, families, and businesses. Pictured above (L—R): YI financial secretary Ivan Goodstein, Councilman Santino, and Rabbi Heshy Blumstein and his wife, Mimi.

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