It was a breakfast of champions!
The Jewish Community Council of Canarsie hosted a community awards breakfast to honor local leaders on March 1 at the Congregation B’Nai Israel synagogue in East New York.
More than 200 people attended the breakfast and the rabbi who organized the event said the community celebration was also an altruistic event — many of the attendees donated funds to the council and the proceeds will be used to purchase goods for the council’s food pantry at a time of particular need.
“Right now our food pantry lines are out the doors — there are a lot of working poor,” said Rabbi Avrohom Hecht. “The funding that we get for the breakfast helps.”
Hecht declined to say how much money was raised, but said the sum will help the council continue to feed community members — young and old — who are struggling financially.
“It is the small amounts that add up,” he said.
Honorees included Comptroller Scott Stringer and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, as well as local pillars of the community.
The morning ceremony was a great way to start the day, said Hecht, who added that he was thrilled so many local leaders gave back to the community.
“It was just nice that people could join us — we’re out there on the front lines of poverty,” he said.