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Dinner 2017

January 11, 2017
י"ג טבת תשע"ז

Dear friends,

We are delighted to announce that the 38th Annual Journal Dinner for the Young Israel of Jamaica Estates will אי"ה take place on Saturday night, March 23, 2017.  

At the dinner, we will recognize two outstanding couples, Lois & Lenny Brafman and Rivky & Adam Orlow, as our Guests of Honor.  These couples have distinguished themselves as leaders and role models within and beyond our community, and we have great respect and admiration for all they have accomplished.

Lois and Lenny, long-time Jamaica Estates residents, have been active in our community for many years.  Lenny served as Treasurer from 2006 to 2007, and has been involved in many major projects including the l’Chaim 5K Walk/Run for Israel, the Clothing Sale and the Journal Dinner’s Chinese Auction. He also initiated the annual Lag BaOmer Bonfire for our youth.  In all cases, his involvement amplified the success of these initiatives. Lois has been involved in various Sisterhood committees and on the Dinner Committee, and various Chessed endeavors.

Rivky and Adam jumped right into shul activities upon their arrival in Jamaica Estates.  Adam has served on the Board since 2005 and has chaired the Youth Committee during most of that time span.  He has overseen the recent expansion and enhancement of the Youth Department’s activities to the benefit of us all.  Rivky has co-chaired the Shaloch Manot Committee for many years. In conjunction with this project, she co-ordinated the purchase of a refurbished Sefer Torah for the IDF in 2015, and last year spearheaded a nationwide anti-BDS campaign.  She volunteers on the Welcoming Committee and has helped integrate many new members into our community.

Both of these couples share a love for shul, community and Israel.  It is indeed fitting that we honor them in the same year that we will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, as both of these couples share a profound love for Israel and its critical importance to the Jewish people.

We have enclosed an ad blank which you can use to make reservations to show your support for our shul and הכרת הטוב to our honorees, or go online to and make your reservations there. 

We look forward to greeting you personally at the dinner on Saturday night, March 23rd, and thank you for your early response.


Dr. Jay Lisker, Reize Sipzner         Michael Schreiber                Avram Blumenthal

Dinner Co-chairpersons                 Journal Chairperson                      President

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