Standing O is putting out the welcome mat for the new rabbi

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Bergen Beach

Standing O is putting out the mat for Rabbi Eliseo Rozenwasser of Temple Sholom. The good rabbi took the reigns from Rabbi Joel Weintraub, who led the congregation for the past nine years, during an installation ceremony on March 8.

Rabbi Rozenwasser received ordination from Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano in Buenos Aires, Argentina, his native country, and then spent several years in Israel studying at the Spirituality Institute, training as a sofer stam or scribe. Formerly of Pennsylvania, Rabbi Rozenwasser was active in the MetroWest Jewish Federation, where he was the regional president from 2003 to 2004, and he takes great satisfaction in teaching and working one-on-one with individuals and families.

Standing O says, “Shalom and welcome, rabbi.”

Temple Sholom [2075 E. 68th St. between Veterans Avenue and Avenue U in Bergen Beach, (718) 251–0370].


Save the date

Thanks to Mother Nature boroughites were treated to the snowiest February and March of the millennium. The flakes fell so often that the Bensonhurst West End Community Council’s 54th annual gala had to be postponed to May 27, same place same time. There is still time, and tickets available. Call our very own “Big Screecher” Carmine Santa Maria — the group’s founder — at (718) 946–6667 and book your reservations today. Quick, before any more snow falls!

Boerum Hill

Scholars apply

Standing O hears that the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation has launched a Youth Community Scholarship Program, the goal of which is to provide opportunities for youngsters to attend local programs that are enriching and will foster economic development within the community and the borough.

Summer scholarships are open to children 4 to 18 years old living in or attending schools in the School Districts 13 and 15. Priority is afforded to low-income applicants and families with limited resources, and is based on available funding and space. The deadline to apply is April 16. Additional partners in the program are Mathnasium of Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn Ballet, WMA Karate, Mission Martial Arts and Mark Morris Dance Group.

For applications log onto or call the development office.

Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation [494 Atlantic Ave. at Pacific Street in Boerum Hill, (718) 875–8993].


Three cheers

Hooray to utility giant National Grid for being recognized as the 2015 World’s Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute. National Grid is a five-year honoree and continues to lead the way in ethical business practices. The Grid is only one of eight companies in the Energy and Utilities category to be so honored, worldwide.

William Holzhaure, the U.S. director of Ethics and Compliance, was thrilled with the nomination.

“Being recognized by Ethisphere is a tribute to the employees at National Grid,” he said. “They have truly embraced ethics and made great strides in building it into our corporate culture.”

Timothy Erblich, chief executive officer at Ethisphere, agreed.

“Earning this recognition involves the collective action of a global workforce from the top down,” he added. “We congratulate everyone at National Grid for this extraordinary achievement.”

National Grid can now add a Standing O to its accomplishments.

National Grid [1 MetroTech Center, at Jay Street in Downtown, (718) 643–4050].

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Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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