Grab your Torah and say hello to Rabbi Dina Rosenberg. The newly ordained native daughter just received her semicha a few months ago from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and is coming home to preach. Standing O pal Rabbi Dina has already dipped both feet into the water and has begun working with locals to revitalize and welcome newcomers to the flock. The congregation welcomed Rabbi Dina at an official ceremony held at the synagogue on April 29. Posting on Facebook, Rabbi Dina said she was “Feeling so blessed to be a part of such an amazing community.” Standing O says, “Mazel Tov and welcome home!”
Bay Ridge Jewish Center, [405 81st St. between Third and Fourth avenues in Bay Ridge; (718) 745–4365].
It’s the real thing for this virtual creation. Students from Fort Hamilton High School aced the competitors in the “National Business Plan” competition, sponsored by the New York Life Foundation, that challenged budding entrepreneurs across the country to demonstrate their understanding of global business by writing and implementing a business plan. A panel of judges handed out high marks to Ricardo Espinoza, Alan Oms, Benjamin Zhao, Lily Kuong, Tiffany Low and Selina Zhang for their “Bon Voyage Travel” submission.
Fort Hamilton High School [8301 Shore Rd. between 83rd and 86th streets in Bay Ridge; (718) 748–1537]
Rock it, roll it ’n’ amp it up for Tom Moran (AKA Daddy Rocker). Tom told us he is always asking himself, “How often does my world center on my problems and I forget to help others in need? I’m in a great position to give back to those in need.” And does he know from giving back. The Canarsie native is now a mentor and teacher. Not only a brilliant lyricist and gifted musician — check out “Into the Sun” and “Staring Over” — but he is also a recovering alcoholic. After some pretty rough patches, Daddy Rocker got it together and, in his debut album, paid tribute to the power of second chances. Today, after completing his second album, “Ain’t Gonna Give Up,” Daddy is again thanking sobriety and second chances and giving back in a big way when he hosts a benefit for Autism Speaks. Together with fellow rockers, the Meyer Rossabi Band and Off the Record, Daddy Rocker will rock out the rafters at the Tamaqua, performing a selection of jazz, blues, country, and rock and roll numbers on May 5.
Standing O says, “Come on down to the Tamaqua from 6 to 10 pm and give a little bit of your love along with a lot of your time and a bit of cash for this great cause. Hey, you enjoy a great concert, too. How rockin’ is that?” Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12.
Tamaqua Bar and Marina, [84 Ebony Court between Channel and Bijou avenues in Gerritsen Beach, (718) 646–9212].
Oy vey, is there a playwright in the house? Yes there is, it’s Jake Ehrenreich. Borough born and raised, Standing O pal Jake is taking his comedic tale of growing up in Brooklyn, “A Jew Grows in Brooklyn,” to the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Theater in that other borough, Manhattan. After a smash national tour of over 25 cities, our gutt boychick is finally coming home for an extended run as we speak. Performances are Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays until who knows when. It should only be forever.
Standing O says, “So nu? What are you waiting for? Go get the tickets already.”
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Theater [120 W. 46th St. in Manhattan; (866) 811–4111].