By COLlive reporter
Principals of the Jewish boys and girls schools and Yeshivos in Crown Heights met Wednesday at the offices of NCFJE on Eastern Parkway.
The upbeat meeting was the first since the same group met to discuss a very different issue – the mumps outbreak in the community – as one participant recalled. “Not an issue this time,” he joked to COLlive.com.
Principals and Program Directors from all divisions of all local schools attended to discuss plans for The Great Parade, the annual Jewish march to be held this year on May 2, 2010.
Shimmy Weinbaum, the parade’s director, began with an overview of why Tzivos Hashem and NCFJE decided to make such a high-profile parade this year.
“It all started with a group of bochurim,” he told them. “They approached us with an idea to make a larger than usual parade because this year is Shnas Ufaratzta and 5770 and said they are totally dedicated to making this happen.”
“Usually the parade focused on Crown Heights and local children,” Weinbaum noted. “This year it was decided to reach out to include children from communities all over the Tri-State area and beyond.”
Obviously, Crown Heights schools were an integral part, the other speakers Rabbi Sholom Ber Baumgarten of Tzivos Hashem, Rabbi Sholom Ber Hecht and Rabbi Shimon Hecht of NCFJE pointed out.
During the meeting, the principals brought up various logistical details and issues that have come up in the past and might be intensified with such a large crowd.
Possible solutions were discussed, and “all the school faculty members expressed great excitement for the parade,” Weinbaum said.