By COLlive and VIN News
Photos by Levik Hertzel
Brooklyn’s Jewish community and its history were honored Wednesday at a ceremony at Borough Hall, hosted by Brooklyn Boro President Marty Markowitz.
The event marked the launch of a historical website – www.brooklynjewish.org, and the newly created Brooklyn Historical Society, celebrating the past, present and future of Brooklyn’s Jewry.
The Brooklyn Jewish Historical Initiative was created in cooperation with Borough President Markowitz and City Councilman Mike Nelson, and is comprised of a group of 21 advisors representing a broad spectrum of Brooklyn’s Jewish community.
The initiative will document the achievements of Brooklyn’s very diverse Jewish community during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries with the first ever website dedicated to the accomplishments of Brooklyn’s Jewish residents.
A group of people who have made significant contributions to the borough were honored at the event as well.
Honored at the event was Shlucha Shternie Raskin, director of Gan Menachem Kiddie Korner Preschool, whose enrollment of 150 children from age three months to five years makes it the largest Jewish preschool in downtown Brooklyn.
Raskin was honored for excellence in education, and spoke about the importance of making Jewish education available to everyone and not leaving anyone behind.
Her husband, Shliach Ari Raskin spoke as well.
Other honorees included Yanky Meyer, director of the Misaskim organization, and Hadassah, the global women’s organization that is currently celebrating its centennial.
Accepting the award on behalf of Hadassah was Gail Hammerman, president of Hadassah’s Brooklyn region.