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March Underscores Unity

Community members, as well as congregants of churches and synagogues gathered Sunday at Glen Cove’s Congregation Tifereth Israel in commemoration of Anne Frank and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Both icons of civil and human rights would have turned 85 this year. 

In homage to King’s 1965 March from Selma to Montgomery, residents marched together from Calvary African Methodist Episcopal Church to Congregation Tifereth Israel. Though the walk was short, it was meaningful, said participants. Church and synagogue members linked arms and sung in high spirits, and about a hundred community members joined in. 

 

“Both Anne Frank and Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. lived during times of prejudice and hatred,” said Rabbi Irwin Huberman of Congregation Tifereth Israel. “This is an outreach for the entire interfaith community of Jews, Christians, blacks, and whites to celebrate unity together as a community.”

 

After the march, excerpts of a King letter written while in a Birmingham, Ala., jail was read. Community members then gathered for a lunch and a performance of Conversations with Anne and Martin. Inspired by The Diary of Anne Frank and “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” the performance included an imagined meeting of the two advocates for tolerance and peace. 

 

“The events that happened today were very important,” said Glen Cove resident Mary Simmons from the First Baptist Church. “This is the first time everyone got together to do something like this. It truly causes a sense of community.”

 

“I love the fact that everyone is here today,” said Judie Wiesel of Roslyn. “The march and performance is an amazing and educational concept. I believe if all the churches met like this there would be more peace in the world.”

 

Both the march and performance exemplified the importance of unity, said Rabbi Todd Chizner of Temple Judea of Manhasset.

 

“Today focused on unity. I think that we live in a world where we are very comfortable with one another,” said Rabbi Chizner. “We are understand that there are differences, but I think today reminds us that is not enough.”

 

He continued, “We need to continue to uplift unity. Today is a reminder of the lessons that Martin Luther King, Jr. and Anne Frank taught us. They believed every person that ever fought could only connect face to face, not in books, not in intellect, but to together in person.”

 

Rabbi Janet Liss of Glen Cove’s North Country Reform Temple urged that this sort of unity should be practiced more often. 

 

“It is great that we are here today,” said Rabbi Liss. “It will be meaningful when our communities do things together on a regular basis. Not once a year in honor of Dr. King, but let’s really work to fulfill his dream of making this a country where we are all equal. Let us as a community in Glen Cove make this the first of many united events.”


News

If Heather Lehrman is not yet a familiar face to local pet owners, her name is likely to soon become a household name to dog lovers and families with young children, as her children’s book, Bullied at the Dog Park, was released this week. The book is based on a real-life incident with her own dog, Herbie, and fans will have a chance to meet her and Herbie at a book signing at Petco in Glen Cove on Saturday, Oct. 25.

 

“I wanted to help get the message out in my own way about the effects of bullying,” says Lehrman, a resident of Great Neck. “This book teaches children valuable lessons about treating all dogs (and people) with respect, and the importance of simple kindness.”

It was Dec. 31, 1999, the last day of the 20th century, and Florence Dolling was preparing an elaborate Thai dinner for a New Year’s Eve celebration in her home in Glen Cove when the phone rang.  It was her doctor reporting that, “Yes, it was breast cancer.” She kept on cooking, attempting to retain as much normalcy as she could muster, knowing that, with the new millennium, there would certainly come change.

 

“I wore a red strapless bustier for the party because I thought I was saying goodbye to the ‘girls’,” she says. “My husband, my sense of humor, and my friends, helped me get through that night,” she recalls.


Sports

On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Glen Cove Finley Middle School opened their football season with a home game against Thompson Middle School. The game opened with the Glen Cove offense going on a nice drive, which saw quarterback Mike Vaughan score on a 30-yard touchdown run. 

Six North Shore High School athletes competed in the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games and led the New York Delegation to victory, winning gold. The students included Jacob Abramowitz, Brett Bennett, Drew Jacklin, Ben Lerner, Josh Mandell, and Ben Saltzman. The Maccabi Games is a week-long Olympic tournament for Jewish teenage athletes, ages 14-16 years old. It is held in numerous venues across the United States. 

 

Bennett proudly said, “Competing in the Maccabi Games was a unique and thrilling experience for me. It not only was a highly competitive basketball tournament, but it also emphasized the importance of building strong values such as good sportsmanship, leadership, team unity, compassion and respect.

This, for me, was an experience of a lifetime!” 


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Live Music - October 16

Wine Tasting - October 17


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