Brooklyn rabbi delivers opening prayer at French president’s address

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Sheepshead Bay

Congratulations to Rabbi Shlomo Segal of Kehilat Moshe of Sheepshead Bay on his appointment to deliver the opening prayer at the historic address by Emmanuel Macron, president of France, before the U.S. House of Representatives on April 25. Following the prayer, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, (D-Sheepshead Bay), who sponsored Rabbi Segal as the guest chaplain of the day, welcomed him, along with his wife Adina, and other family members to the nation’s capital.

Kehilat Moshe of Sheepshead Bay [2472 E. 28th St. in Sheepshead Bay, (347) 850–4170].

Bay Ridge

Service above self

Three cheers to Maria Truncali, wife of past president Ben Truncali, of the Verrazano Rotary Club for her years of dedication and service to the organization. As a Rotary tradition, the past president’s spouse is recognized and honored at the annual dinner/dance gala.

This year, the event was held at the Hilton in Staten Island, where state Sen. Martin Golden (R–Bay Ridge) presented awards from the New York State Senate to Maria along with fellow honorees and commended the Rotary’s good work in the community.

“The members of the rotary give of themselves not 100 percent, but 120 percent. They are out there at each event trying to help others and make sure they make a difference,” he said.

Borough daughter Maria truly embodies the spirit of the Rotarians whose motto is “Service Above Self,” and as an active member for the past 16 years she truly deserves the accolades.

Standing O says, “Thank you.”

Ditmas Park

Fresh is best

Don’t get lost in the veggie aisle; sign up now for the Ditmas Park Community Supported Agriculture. Registration lines are forming for the 2018 season.

This is a great venue to get bountiful produce, including seasonal vegetables and melons supplied by farmer Jorge Carmona of Amantai Farms.

New and optional add-ons this season will be eggs from Jorge and fruit that Jorge gets from a neighboring farm.

The 20-week season will begin on June 12 and lasts through October. Pick-ups are at Flatbush-Tompkins Congregational Church, E. 19th Street and Dorchester Road, Tuesdays, from 4:45 pm to 8 pm.

Full shares picked up weekly cost $765; partial shares picked up weekly cost $535; and full shares picked up every other week cost $385, as a cost-effective alternative to weekly half shares for smaller households. An administrative fee of $35 for both full and half shares will be added to all shares to cover the expenses of running the CSA.

Ditmas Park CSA [; website,; e-mail, (917) 589–6901].

Fort Greene


Huzza to Brooklyn Technical High school for once again being named a Niche Standout School in America. The school was named by Niche as the No. 2 Standout School in America, out of 1,873. Niche recognizes public schools that make a difference in their community.

Brooklyn Technical High School [29 Fort Greene Pl. in Fort Greene, (718) 804–6400].

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Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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