It was a day game on the Sunday, Nov. 28, that was the first night of Hanukkah. The Yeshiva University Maccabees, named for the ancient Hebrew family that led to the miracle of what became the eight-day Jewish holiday, won their eighth game of the season, their 44th consecutive victory (44 candles are lit during Hanukkah), a 78-56 win over Manhattanville behind the 51-point performance by senior guard Ryan Turell. A new school record.
On the Green on Park, west of the Surf Shop, the Village of Atlantic Beach will host a menorah and Christmas tree lighting on Dec. 1 at 5:30 p.m.
Before the roughly 200 families strode through the Stewart Avenue entrance of the Mark Ramer Chesed Center at the headquarters of the Leon Mayer Fund in Hewlett, Gabriel Boxer, who heads Kosher Response, a charitable program founded by the Hewlett resident, obtained up to eight pallets full of toys, West Hempstead resident Sam David, who runs King Contracting had his trucks pick up the toys and then volunteers readied the toys for distribution on Nov. 21.
Although a relatively minor festival in the Jewish calendar, Hanukkah has become one of our most popular celebrations. It touches on many wonderful themes – religious freedom, fighting evil, the rededication of our Temple, the spreading of light.
There is a passage included in the Hanukkah liturgy which recalls the Maccabean victory and thanks God for the miracle of delivering “the strong into the hand of the weak, the many into the hand of the few… and the wicked into the hand of the righteous.”
Since 2017, Muslim parents and students in the Hewlett-Woodmere School District have asked that the Board of Education consider adding two Muslim holy days, Eid al Fitr and Eid al Adha, to the school calendar. The days are now recognized by 22 districts across Long Island.
A huge swath of the outside play area was covered with folding chairs, the basketball hoop poles were decorated with balloons and the dais ran half the length of one side as Yeshiva of South Shore in Hewlett, an Orthodox Jewish boys only school, celebrated a groundbreaking of a new building and the street dedication for its founder on Nov. 21.
Seven area private Jewish schools elementary schools, including a few that have upper levels, took part in the Marion and Aaron Gural JCC’s first-ever Elementary School Fair on the Harrison-Kerr Family Campus in Lawrence on Nov. 18.
Hewlett High School students Rachel Halpert, a junior, and freshmen Sam Abramovich, David Kushnirsky and Ethan Silver, along with Woodmere Middle School students Ben Abramovich, Shayna Silver and Sophia Abramovich spent Nov. 11 serving lunch to staff at St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital in New Hyde Park. Keyfood in Valley Stream donated the food.
More than 80 patients and their families received an array of food items for Thanksgiving meals donated by employees of St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway. Turkey, chicken, ham, potatoes, rice, vegetables, stuffing mix, gravy, macaroni and cheese, dinner rolls, cranberry sauce, desserts and utensils were in the decorated baskets.
Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway High School joined together for another extremely eventful week. With the school year under way, classes are progressing, extracurricular activities are sprouting, sports teams are back on the court, and school spirit is building.
For the second time in the past three months, a noose, a symbol of hatred and racism, was found at the work site shared by National Grid and PSEG Long Island at 455 Mill Road in Hewlett. The noose was discovered on Nov. 22. One was also found in September.
Volunteers in the Five Towns have teamed up with organizations such as Gammy’s Pantry, a food pantry in the Five Towns Community Center in Lawrence, Rock and Wrap It Up! Of Cedarhurst, Island Harvest and the Manna Project of Long Island to help those in need this Thanksgiving, after the coronavirus pandemic heightened food insecurity in the area in 2020.
After watching a boring sci-fi movie, I stared at the blinking orange hand signal outside the Lynbrook movie theater, waiting to cross heavily trafficked, four-lane Peninsula Boulevard.
To provide greater security to its residents, Hewlett Harbor installed six cameras and the same number of license plate readers in an effort to created what village officials called a “virtual gated community.”
An Inwood woman is charged with assault after allegedly attacking a person with a knife at 5:40 p.m. in Inwood on Nov. 26, according to police.
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