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Tu B'Shvat Celebration 2013

Sunday, January 27, 2013
Tu B'Shvat Celebration 2013  with special guest NYC Council Speaker Chris Quinn January 27, 2013
Tu B'Shvat Celebration 2013
In what was probably a historic first, -- Sunday January 27 2013, a unique and wonderful Tu B'shvat Seder was hosted in Boro Park by Ezra and Gabriella Friedlander, and officiated by Rabbi Steven Burg, Eastern Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, featuring a special guest the New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

Also participating in the Seder were NYC Councilman Brad Lander, President of the City Council in Yonkers Charles Lesnick, Assemblyman David Weprin, Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, of the NY Board of Rabbis, Abe Eisner, Yeruchim Silber of the BPJCC, Alexsander Rapaport of Masbia, Dr. Joshua of Shema Kolainu, Dr. David Moskovits, Leon Goldenberg, Moshe Friedman of Community First, Meir Laufer, founder of New York Wheel, Isaac Sofer - Central UTA Satmar, Ari Weiss, Shomrim, Naftali Reiner of Bobov , Cynthia Zalisky of the QJCC, Esther Henny Jaroslawicz, Boro Park Bikur Cholim, Zev Brenner of Talkline Communications, Jonathan Zalisky of Healthplus-Amergoup were among many other local community leaders and activists attending.

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"Sharing our traditions with elected officials allows us to get to create an atmosphere of mutual respect and having Council Speaker Quinn join us demonstrated her sensitivity to our community" said Ezra Friedlander, CEO of The Friedlander Group.

Guests were treated to all the traditional fruits of the holiday. In addition about a dozen readings from the Torah Sages were distributed and read by different participants. The topics discussed ranged from the importance of conservation to the unity and responsibilities of the Jewish people. The attendees were able to exchange candid and thought provoking ideas.

Speaker Quinn, speaking on the spirit of the occasion, emphasized the urgency to take care of our children when she said "making the most right now in your planting or in your work, in your tending to your children or to your future.... Making sure that there is educational resources, ...It is important in all our work, but particularly in government never forget that."

Participants spoke about caring for the environment and one another and praised the special outreach from the community during and after Hurricane Sandy. Councilman Brad Lander stressed that all that compassion is rooted in the chesed organizations of the Jewish community.

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