Monday, June 1, 2015

Senator Klein Celebrate Israel in the Bronx Part Two - Pelham Parkway

     As part t of Jewish Heritage Month, on Sunday State Senator Jeff Klein held his First Annual 'Celebrate Israel in the Bronx' event. This event occur ed in two parts with part Two being held at The Bronx House to honor three very special Pelham Parkway residents. Jewish American Heritage Month is a national month of recognition of the more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to American society and culture. 

Senator Klein honored important leaders in the community who are making a difference. Senator Klein repeated the story about his grandmother from part one of this two part celebration of Israel in the Bronx, because it is very special to Senator Klein who wanted the people here to hear the story also. The three honorees at Bronx House were 
  • Edith Blitzer was born in the South Bronx and grew up on East Tremont Avenue. Ms. Blitzer has served as President of P.S. 100’s PTA, President of the Beth Jacob/Beth Miriam Yeshiva and as Chair of the Pelham Parkway Neighborhood Association. Most recently, Ms. Blitzer was appointed to serve on Community Board #11 by Councilman James Vacca.
  • Andrea Seigel is a founding member of the Pelham Parkway Neighborhood Association and currently serves as Vice President. Additionally, Ms. Seigel is a member of Community Board #11, the Liberty Democratic Association, the Age-Friendly Neighborhood Initiative Advisory Committee and Bronx Women United. Ms. Seigel resides in the Pelham Parkway section of The Bronx where she also serves as an 80th Assembly District Leader.
  • Barbara Davis Gelnick is the Board Chair of the Jewish Community Council of Pelham Parkway and sits on the board of the Bronx Jewish Council Home Attendant Services. In 2008, Ms. Davis Gelnick won the Tom Twyman Citizen of the Year Award for her work on the Jewish Community Council at the 49th precinct community breakfast.
Israeli music was provided by the rest of the group Metropolitan Klezmere (from the part one event).. A special guest (and good friend of Senator Klein) Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda arrived after marching in the Puerto Rican Day Parade to announce that his roots go back to his Great grandmother who was Jewish.

Above - Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda tells all that his roots are not just Puerto Rican, but go back to his Great grandmother who was Jewish.
Below - Howard Martin CEo of Bronx House welcomed everyone, and introduces Senator Klein. 

Above - Community Activist Edith Blitzer was first to be honored by Senator Klein.
Below - Andrea Siegel stands with Senator Klein as she holds her proclamation given to her by Senator Klein.

Above - Barbara Gelnick thanks senator Klein who holds her Proclamation.
Below - The three honorees with Senator Klein and Rabbi Ben Newman of the Young Israel of Pelham Parkway. 

The Bronx House was packed as you can see for Senator Klein's 1st Annual Celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month.

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