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Fort Greene

Rabbi Josh Tabi returns to his alumni and is getting his posse together at Long Island University campus, where he will work as campus chaplain alongside Father Charles Kenney at the place where the rabbi earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees. Rabbi Tabi also volunteers with at-risk-youth at Our Place and has acted as director at Friday Night Chill since 2006.

This rabbi of the borough has a lot of plans for his new gig, where he promises to organize a series of Jewish education lectures, trips to Israel, and field trips to the Holocaust Museum in DC, he told Standing O.

He also plans on conducting all-inclusive prayer services.

“I’ll offer counseling to all faiths at L.I.U. Brooklyn,” he said.

Standing O says, “Shalom aleichem and welcome home.”

Long Island University Brooklyn Campus [1 University Plz. between Willoughby Street and DeKalb Avenue in Fort Greene, (718) 488–1000].

Marine Park

One heck of a field day

Aviator Sports provided the field, City Access New York provided the means, and the participants brought the fun. More than 100 youths and adults with developmental disabilities raced, tugged, and sacked the day away at the annual sports festival, held at Floyd Bennett Field, where “sports” did everything from sock races to tug-of-wars to balance beams contests.

Oksana Franchuk, one of the participants, had a “tiring” run-in burning rubber.

Staff members even got into the action by being the target in an archery contest with rubber suction darts. There were a lot of contests, but at the end of the day, there were only winners on the field. City Access provides lifelong access to educational, vocational, and cultural programs for disabled Brooklynites.

Aviator Sports and Events Center [Hangar 5, Floyd Bennett Field, in Marine Park (718) 758–7500]

Carroll Gardens

Torah, torah, torah,

Welcome and cheers to SmallCity@ Senesh, the little program that is doing big things this fall. The project, created by Hannah Senesh Community Day School, provides adults, teens, and families with young children an excellent informal Jewish education. From bouncy houses at Sukkot celebrations to the more serious study of Torah text, there is something for everyone. By offering such varied programs the center is able to foster a commitment to the rich and diverse history of Jewish life. Standing O says Mazel Tov on the expansion.

Visit our online calendar for a full listing of all programs.

Hannah Senesh Community Day School [342 Smith St. between First and Second places in Carroll Gardens, (718) 858–8663].

Cobble Hill

Clean, green machine

Eureka! The lights are brighter at SUNY Downstate’s Long Island College Hospital. The hospital was retrofitted with new energy-efficient fixtures thanks to a $600,000 grant and help from Ace Energy. The old-fashioned fixtures that hogged up the watts were replaced throughout the most common areas and offices. The upgrade reduced more than 1.5 million kilowatt hours (believe me, that’s a lot of energy!) and reduced hospital and electrical maintenance costs while reducing the hospital’s carbon footprint.

“Downstate LICH is committed to consistently improving our operations. This lighting project was a simple way of accomplishing that goal,” said Eamon Quirke, director of Facilities Management and Development.

Ace Energy was also smart in keeping costs down by buying American.

“Utilizing Buy American materials, Ace was able to complete the more than 6,000 fixture project under a tight deadline with minimal disruption and significant savings,” Quirke added.

That is a Standing O win–win. Save money, save time, save energy.

Suny Downstate Medical Center Long Island College Hospital [339 Hicks St. at Atlantic Avenue in Cobble Hill, (718) 780–1000].

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