Holocaust Memorial at Van Cortlandt Jewish Center
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Larry Hartstein will present a lecture at the
Van Cortlandt Jewish Center Holocaust Memorial.
Photo courtesy of Van Cortlandt Jewish Center
Van Cortlandt Jewish Center, located
at 3880 Sedgwick Avenue, is commemorating
the Holocaust with a free
Holocaust Memorial program on Sunday,
May 5. The event will start with breakfast
at 9:30 a.m..
The event includes a candle lighting
ceremony by Holocaust survivors and
family, announcement of the winners of
our Holocaust essay contest with essays
read by the winners, lecture, recitation of
names of concentration camps and memorial
prayers. The lecture will be given
by Larry Hartstein, who will talk on, “The
Role of Jewish Women in The Resistance
and In Battle Against the Nazis”
Hartstein is an attorney, retired prosecutor,
and former State Investigator. He
is the son of Holocaust survivors and has
lectured extensively on the Holocaust
at the Van Cortlandt Jewish Center and
other venues. Presently, he teaches
American History at the UFT in Bronx
For more information call (718) 884-
6501 or see the website at https://vcjewishcenter.
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The New York Public Library announced
during National Library Week,
that it will soon have three new bookmobiles
available to serve communities in
the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island.
The fi rst bookmobile will undergo testing
this month, and is expected to begin
service in the Bronx by June. The other
two bookmobiles will hit the streets by
The mobile libraries are nearly 20-footlong
Sprinter vans wrapped in bright red
and sporting the iconic New York Public
Library lion logo. Each bookmobile will
be staffed with two library employees
and will be capable of transporting up to
1,000 books for patrons of all ages that
have either been requested for checkout
or can be browsed curbside. Books can
also be returned or renewed, and New
Yorkers can sign up for library cards and
receive reference and reader services.
The bookmobiles will have many
roles, including helping to supplement
service when branches are temporarily
closed for much-needed renovations
and improvements. For example, the fi rst
bookmobile will support the Bronx community
impacted by the one-year closure
of the Grand Concourse Library for improvements.
Beyond supplemental service, the
mobile libraries will also visit local community
centers (schools, senior centers,
high-traffi c areas) to engage the community
and bring library service out of the
walls of local branches. The schedule
and location of the bookmobiles will be
available beginning this summer on the
library’s website at nypl.org and via social
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Stop by the PSS City Island Center,
located at 116 City Island Avenue,
Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3
p.m. Experience their exercise classes
from gentle yoga stretch, balance class,
arthritis workshop and tai chi as well as
the fi t for life and cardio fi t. They also offer
acrylic painting, calligraphy, canasta,
health presentations, singing group, and
parties. Lunch is served from noon to 1
p.m., suggested donation $2.
The center participants go on shopping
trips every day; i.e. Shop Rite, Dollar
Tree, Target, Kmart ,as well as theatre
excursions, boat trips, special luncheons
and more. It’s free to become a member
but you must be 60 years or above. For
more information contact Patty at (718)
885-0727 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for
their monthly calendar.
Upcoming Special Events: Fridays at
1:15 p.m., singing group with professional
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Do you need help getting to and from
your medical appointments? Transportation
services are available to seniors
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
in community districts 9, 10, 11 and 12.
The program provides door-to-door service
for all medical appointments. Their
drivers are courteous and professional;
and their vehicles are clean and handicap
accessible, including wheelchair lifts.
For further information, contact Mildred
Cardona, program director of the
R.A.I.N. Transportation Program, at
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In just the fi rst few days of its monthlong
campaign to raise money and foster
awareness for its “Stop the Hunger” campaign,
the staff at SBH Health System
has already surpassed the halfway point
of its goal.
This goal, according to Karen Travali,
director of nutritional services, is to collect
$1,000. More than $500 has already
been collected, with employees responding
to requests from cashiers in the hospital
as they pass through the line.
The benefi ciary of the campaign is
POTS (for Part of the Solution), a Bronxbased
“one-stop shop” that is dedicated
to assisting individuals “living in poverty
on their journey from crisis to stability and
ultimately self-suffi ciency.” POTS offers
such services as a food pantry, shower
facilities, a legal clinic, a clothing room,
case management, and a medical and
dental clinic. The campaign will continue
until Wednesday, May 22.
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