Tuesday, May 17, 2011

BJCC Day at the Bronx Zoo
By Robert Press

The Bronx Jewish Community Council's mission is to provide enhanced quality of life to the residents of the Bronx, by offering services, support, and connections to the resources that help people continue living comfortably and safely in their homes and communities. 
Sunday May 15th in the former Lion House (now refurbished into an event room) of the Bronx Zoo, the BJCC honored some of the people that help the organization continue to provide the services they do, to the people of the Bronx. It's not all just bagels and lox, but a lot of hard work being done by dedicated people that work out of the many offices that the BJCC has throughout the Bronx. While the administrative office of BJCC is located at 2930 Wallace Avenue (718-798-2398), BJCC has offices in Coop-City at 177 Dreiser Loop, Parkchester at 1525 Unionport Road, Van Cortlandt Village at 80 Van Cortlandt Park South, Bedford Park at 3176 Bainbridge Avenue, and in the Pelham Parkway Houses at 2425 Williamsbridge Road.
In attendance were elected officials such as Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. (one of the honorees), State Senator Jeff Klein ( a former vice-president of BJCC), Councilman Jimmy Vacca (one of the honorees), Former Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer, and Former State Assemblyman Steve Kaufman. 
The honorees were, for The Public Service Awards – Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and Councilman Jimmy Vacca. The Community Service Award was given to Mr. John Calvelli the Executive Vice-President of Public Affairs for the Wildlife Conservation Society. Rabbi David Jonas was the presenter to the guest of honor, his father Mr. Howard Jonas the Chairman & chief Executive Offers of IDT Corporation.

 This is a photo of the honorees, and some of those who work so hard at BJCC to provide needed services to the people of the Bronx. Click on the photo to enlarge it.

If you would like to help in the Bronx Jewish Community Council volunteer program, you can call 917-693-3084.  

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