Hundreds Attend BPJCC Barbeque, Billed Boro Park’s ‘Event of the Year’
BORO PARK - Hundreds of people representing an alphabet of organizations and the gamut of state and city government hobnobbed and gladhanded at the annual Boro Park Jewish Community Council legislative event on Tuesday, which was taking place for the first time since it was canceled due to the Covid pandemic which began in 2020.
The event, which took place in the swanky Brooklyn Square Rooftop on the outskirts of Boro Park, honored a cross section of officials whose alliance has helped the community or assisted the JCC to perform their work.
"Having people go hungry knows no division among race or religion," declared state Attorney General Letitia James to the assembled. "That is why I have such enormous respect for the Boro Park JCC, which helps all of G-d's children."
The legislative barbecue featured a full dinner and bar. The number of attendees — the cavernous room was packed for nearly the entire time — indicated that going forward, the BPJCC summer barbecue will be turning into the neighborhood’s event of the year. Aside for James, attendees included state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein.
Emceed by Councilman Kalman Yeger, the organization which provides a host of social services and regular seminars honored six community officials and elected leaders.
Gary Jenkins, the city's commissioner for social services, received the Distinguished Leadership Award; state Sen. Simcha Felder was given the Hakaras Hatov Award; Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine got the Distinguished Trailblazer Award; the NYPD's Edward Caban, the first deputy commissioner, who received the Distinguished Community Guardian Award; Rabbi Yitzchok Fleischer, the BPJCC vice president, who was given the Lifetime Chesed Award; and Barry Spitzer, the Community Board 12 manager, who got the Dedicated Public Service Award.
Rabbi Avi Greenstein, the BPJCC's CEO, said that it was gratifying to see so many people turn out to show support for the organization.
"So many people came over to say that they missed this event the past two years," Rabbi Greenstein said. "It was so heartwarming to watch people from all walks of life, from the state's highest ranking elected officials to representatives of the myriad chesed groups around Boro Park, come here for a night of enjoyment and appreciation."
Rabbi Greenstein thanked the awardees for all the work they've done, as well as Ushi Teitelbaum, the BPJCC's director of government affairs, for helping facilitate the evening.
Photos by: Achim Lenchevsky