“Lev Yael” Bikur Cholim of Staten Island just recently held their sixth annual Breakfast. Attended by over 400 community members and supporter s, this annual Breakfast, held in the Young Israel of Staten Island, was a celebration of the dedicated volunteers who continue their work throughout the year with no thought of recognition or gratitude.
Mrs. Rena Schainholz, LMSW, received the Professional Service Award and Albie and Sheila Zachter accepted the organization’s gratitude on behalf of the Staten Island University Hospital Visitation Program. Mrs. Schainholz, introduced by Rabbi Yaacov Lehrfield of the Young Israel of Staten Island, spoke about the role of `Lev Yael’ in her own success, and her relationship with `Lev Yael’s’ founder, Mrs. Jill Bodner, of blessed memory. Her moving speech was a poignant example of the value of the organization’s work
The breakfast was attended by prominent members of the Staten Island medical community including James Powell , Vice President, Patient Relations and John Pullano, Vice President , Rabbi Avi Feinstein, Chaplain of the Pastoral Care Department, Dr. Morton Kleiner, Chairman of the Department of Medicine and Director of Nephrology, Dr. Eli Purow, Director of Gastroenterology, Dr. Mark Raden Director of Radiology, Dr. Aaron Gottesman- Director of Hospitalist Medicine, and Dr. Abe Zerykier , ophthalmologist and eye surgeon. From Richmond University Medical Center, Dr. Louis Emmer- Director of Hospitalist Medicine, Mr. Michael Eposito- Director of Security and Public Health Safety were present.
Congressman Michael Grimm spoke movingly about the value of volunteering, and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer was welcomed to the now acknowledged borough of Staten Island. Mendy Miroznik, president of COJO, Democratic candidate for Councilman, brought Certificates for the honorees from Assemblyman Michael Cusick. Councilman James Oddo, represented by David Cedar, was thanked for his NYC Council Discretionary Grant Award. David Cedar also represented State Senator Andrew Lanza, and DA Dan Donovan.
Also noted for their ongoing contributions to `Lev Yael’ were Congregation Ohel Avrohom Leiber Leberman , Payless Meats, Food Bank of NYC, the Jewish Aid Society, and the United Way. The JCC and their benefactor, the UJA were recognized for both their Connect to Care and Connect to Recovery Program administrated jointly with the Metropolitan Council for the Poor.
This most important event highlighted the ability of volunteers to make a difference and literally change lives.