Kings County Politics: Bay Democrats Present Jewish Community Leadership Awards

Posted on: March 21, 2018


The Bay Democrats, under the leadership of 45th Assembly Democratic District Leaders Ari Kagan and Rita Kagan (Sheepshead Bay, Manhattan Beach, Brighton Beach, Midwood) honored the community’s Jewish leaders with plaques and donations to their organizations at their monthly last week.

Also attending the event were City Council Members Chaim Deutsch (D-Sheepshead Bay, Manhattan Beach, Bighton Beach, Homecrest, Midwood) and Kalman Yeger (D-Boro Park, Midwood, Flatbush) and neighboring Democratic District Leaders David Schwartz (48thAD) and Jacob Gold (44th AD), along with community leaders including Flatbush Shomrim’s Coordinator, Bob Moskowitz, and the Flatbush Jewish Community Coalition’s Chair, Josh Mehlman.

Honorees with (L-R) Rebbetzin Pearl Burg, Rabbi Melvin I. Burg, Democratic District Leader Ari Kagan, Rabbi Benzion Laskin, Councilman Chaim Deutsch and Alexander Rappaport. Photo by Alex Rozenberg

Among those recognized and/or given plaques were:

  – Alexander Rapaport, Executive Director, Masbia of Flatbush (Charitable Soup Kitchen serving 1,500 Midwood families on a regular basis)

  – Rabbi Melvin I. Burg, Spiritual Leader of the Ocean Avenue Jewish Center (95-year old Orthodox congregation),  Executive Vice President, Rabbinical Board of Flatbush

   – Rabbi Benzion Laskin, Spiritual Leader of the Ocean View Jewish Center (3100 Brighton 4th Street), Director of the Annual Russian Shabbaton, Program Director CHAMAH (a 65-year old International Charitable Jewish Organization)  

  – Rebbetzin Pearl Burg, Ocean Avenue Jewish Center, former District Manager, Community Board 15, former Democratic District Leader, 45th Assembly District

Honorees displaying their awards (L-R) Rebbetzin Pearl Burg, Rabbi Melvin I. Burg, Democratic District Leader David Schwartz, Democratic District Leader Ari Kagan, Rabbi Benzion Laskin, Alexander Rapaport, Councilman Kalman Yeger. Photo by Alex Rozenberg

“Bay Democrats’ mandate is to work hard to benefit our community.  This means much more than simply electing candidates to office. Over the past four years we have dedicated our club’s resources to also helping organizations that directly serve our neighbors,” Ari Kagan explaned.  

“Tonight’s ceremony says thank you, the community appreciates your efforts, a job well done and Bay Democrats pledges to continue to work with you to make our community an even better place in which to live,” Kagan added.

Over 50 community and club members participated in the ceremony enjoying a Kosher spread, prepared by Eat N’ Run Café, before the ceremony began.

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