As part of his ongoing aid and support for private school education across New York State, Senate Majority Leader, John Flanagan visited the Yeshiva of South Shore on Sunday, October 29tth.
Accompanied by the Republican candidate for Nassau County Executive, Jack Martins, Senator Flanagan toured classes and the facilities, marveling at the accomplishments of the Yeshiva’s founder Rabbi Binyamin Kamenetzky, zt”l.
Escorted by Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky, Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Dovid Kramer, Executive Director, and a contingent from the Yeshiva’s Board of Directors, the visitors joined the students in Rabbi Schulman’s 4th grade class. The boys, and their rebbe, greeted the politicians warmly and shared the lesson they were learning on their Smartboard about Moshe caring for his sheep. This translated to the ultimate charge of caring for Hashem’s sheep – the Jewish Nation.
Rabbi Kamenetzky explained the role of a Senator and a Majority Leader to the boys. Senator Flanagan, garnering a bit from the lesson, also addressed the class about the importance of good citizenship and caring for others.
Senator Flanagan and Senator Martins then headed across the street to the Hollander Early Childhood Center where they were met by about three dozen community leaders, Rabbis and activists. The diverse group represented most of the community’s shuls, yeshivas and charitable organizations in addition to the Orthodox Union and Agudath Israel of America. They shared ideas and thoughts over breakfast.
Rabbi Kamenetzky welcomed the crowd and introduced Rabbi Shmuel Lefkowitz, Vice President of Community Affairs for Agudath Israel of America. Rabbi Lefkowitz spoke about the strong advocacy both Senator Flanagan and Senator Martins have demonstrated on behalf of the Jewish community. Senator Flanagan introduced Senator Martins, who spoke about his commitment to Yeshiva education. He stressed the need to help private school parents maintain their right to choose, by finding ways to ease the overbearing costs of tuition.
“My father, Rav Binyamin, zt”l, had the foresight to develop relationships with political leaders back in the early years of the Five Towns Jewish community,” said Rabbi Kamenetzky. “Those relationships were vital for the growth of this community and every single one of its institutions. We invited Senator Flanagan and Senator Martins to show our support and appreciation for the important grants they have helped secure for our Yeshivas, our synagogues, and most importantly, our children.”
Everyone in attendance agreed that the most important message of the day was the need to vote on Election Day, Tuesday, November 7th.