Written and submitted by Betty Astrizky, Corresponding Secretary, National Conference of Shomrim Societies/First Vice President, Port Authority Shomrim Society
NATIONAL SHOMRIM NEWS AND INFORMATION
So we made it thru the winter and our thoughts are now turning to summertime fun! It’s also the right time to book your cabin to attend the 2018 National Shomrim convention. This annual gathering of chapters, associate members, family and friends of Shomrim will take place on the beautiful Celebrity Silhouette the week of January 7, 2018 and will sail from Ft. Lauderdale to the Western Caribbean ports of Key West, Costa Maya, Cozumel and Grand Cayman. Stateroom rates range from $739.00 per person for an inside cabin to $1134.00 per person for a deluxe oceanview with a veranda (additional $129.14 per person for taxes). There is a group amenity of $50.00 per cabin for all attendees. If a balcony cabin is booked one of the following amenities will apply: a beverage package for two, $300 additional on board credit, or prepaid gratuities. A deposit is fully refundable until October 1, 2017. If you would like to join us on this beautiful ship please contact our official National Shomrim cruise planner, Tony Lostumbo, at either (954) 384-7245 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you haven’t attended our convention in the past, this is the time to book your cabin and meet with the many members who come from across the country to share experiences, trade stories and learn new methods for performing our various functions in the complex and often critical fields of law enforcement and public service. We always have great speakers who present topics of importance, such as safety, security and health, so please consider presenting a lecture. There will be important National Shomrim business that takes place at the convention, so it is important to have as many chapters and members attend so we can vote on matters that affect the organization. And if you live in Florida, either still working or retired, this is an easy commute for you!
National Police Week is fast approaching. On Sunday, May 14, 2017, at 09:00 a.m., National Shomrim will be holding the Annual Kaddish Service for fallen members of all Shomrim chapters at the NLEOM (entrance on F Street). Chief of Amtrak Police and Shomrim of D.C. member Neil Trugman will be speaking at the ceremony. After the Kaddish service a collation will be held in the “Line-Up Room,” at MPDC HQ (3rd Floor), 300 Indiana Avenue NW, Washington D.C. 20001, approximately 2/10ths of a mile from the NLEOM. Please note that there is significant construction in the area and parking will be very difficult. Additionally, BikeRideDC will be held that same morning and many streets will be closed off, so driving is not an option. Entry to the events at the NLEOM will be on F Street (north side) of the memorial. Arrangements for all the commemorations that will take place during National Police Week, May 14, 2017, are being made by Shomrim of D.C., including for the candlelight vigil and the Annual Peace Officers Memorial Service. For further information please contact Shomrim of D.C. Secretary Sheldon Levi at email@example.com. Attendees are also asked that if they meet any Jewish members of law enforcement, fire departments, or public services, either from the USA or from another country, please get their contact information (name, email address, phone number and where they work) and forward it to Betty Astrizky at BAstrizky@aol.com so we can continue to grow National Shomrim with new chapters and associate members.
The annual Celebrate Israel Parade will take place on Sunday, June 4, 2017 in New York City. This year’s theme is “Celebrate Israel All Together,” and it is also 50 years since Jerusalem was recaptured in the Six Day War. The preparade collation will take place at Congregation Or Olam, located on 55th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues, and will begin at 8:30 a.m. There will be a short National Shomrim meeting that will take place prior to departing for the parade lineup, so all chapters are asked to respond to the Corresponding Secretary at BAstrizky@aol.com to confirm your chapter’s representative at the meeting. National Shomrim usually lines up on 58th Street and 5th Avenue, and if that location changes all attendees will be notified of the new assembly area. This is one event you should not miss! March with National Shomrim in the largest celebration of Jewish pride in the nation!
CHAPTER NEWS AND INFORMATION
The Port Authority of NY & NJ is holding a recruitment drive to join the Port Authority Police. They are a premier law enforcement agency that protects the most famous and critical transportation and tourist facilities in the world. The open application period runs from May 22, 2017 to June 26, 2017. Please go to their website, www.panynj.gov, for information on how to begin the process for becoming a member of one of the historic law enforcement agencies in the New York area. If you have specific questions on the Port Authority Police you can also contact Port Authority Shomrim President Lt. Scot Pomerantz at firstname.lastname@example.org or Port Authority Shomrim Board Member Henri Portner at email@example.com.
The South Florida Shomrim Society advises that the Coral Gables, Florida, Police Dept. is also looking for applicants to join that police force in the Sunshine State. To apply please visit their website www.coralgables.com/jobs. Additionally, the Broward Sheriff’s Office also has various positions open in their law enforcement and fire departments throughout Broward County, Florida. Please go to their website, www.sheriff.org, for details on each open position. For specific questions please contact South Florida Shomrim Society President Harvey Meshel at Harvey@hsmconsulting.net.
The Maccabee Society invites all to the 51st Memorial Service for Mickey Marcus, on May 7, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the West Point Military Academy in New York. Mickey Marcus became the first general in Israel in 1948 and was tragically killed. As a federal attorney in the 1930s, he helped bring gangsters like Lucky Luciano to justice. In 1940 Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia named Marcus Commissioner of Corrections for NYC. He was portrayed by Kirk Douglas in the 1966 movie” Cast a Giant Shadow”, which shows his service to the State of Israel and his tragic death due to friendly fire. The service commemorating this brave hero will take place at the USMA Jewish Chapel, followed by a formal salute at Col. Marcus’ grave located at the nearby Military Cemetery. Transportation will be provided. For more information please contact Maccabee Society President Michael Picard at (516) 668-8188 or Rabbi Leibowitz at (347) 234-1367.
NYPD Shomrim has alot of events planned for the summer, so get ready to have fun!
-Sunday, May 21, 2017 – The Family Day Picnic at Belmont Race Track, Queens, NY. For $35.00 per person you can chow down on all the heros, salads and beverages your can handles, and watch the races from the picnic grounds of this historic racetrack. The picnic begins at 12:30 p.m. (first post 1:30 p.m.) Tickets are limited, so please contact Jacob Novikov at (617) 794-9988 ASAP.
-Thursday, June 8, 2017, 12:00 noon – The Old Timers Luncheon at Ben’s Kosher Deli in Bayside, NY. Although no one is considered “old” at this event, join your friends and former coworkers at this deli-cious lunchtime landmark for a nice sandwich. The cost is $35.00 per person, and contact Paul Daniel at (516) 731-6977 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend.
-Friday, June 23, 2017 – The Oneg Shabbat at the East Midwood Jewish Center, 1625 Ocean Avenue between Avenues K and L, Brooklyn, NY. This spiritually uplifting Friday night service is given by NYPD Shomrim Society Chaplain Rabbi Dr. Alvin Kass. For $30 per person (children 6 to 12 $15.00) you will enjoy a delicious and traditional glatt kosher Shabbos dinner. For information and to make reservations please contact Steven Litwin at (718) 207-0064.
-Thursday, June 29, 2017 – The Annual NYPD Shomrim Cigar Night at the Varuna Boat Club, 2806 Emmons Avenue, Brooklyn, NY . This event begins at 1800 and for $115.00 in advance ($125.00 at the door) guests enjoy cigars, an open bar and a deluxe, all you can eat bbq. To secure your space please send your check to Michael Podber, 87-28 254th Street, Bellerose, NY 11426.
On Sunday, September 17, 2017, at 2:00 p.m., Shomrim of Maryland will hold a memorial service for their fallen member Ira Weiner at Oheb Shalom Memorial Park. It will be 25 years since Baltimore Police Officer Ira Weiner was assaulted and shot in the line of duty, succumbing to his injuries two days later. Please join Shomrim of Maryland for a special graveside memorial service at the cemetery, which is located at the intersection of Nicodemus Road and Berryman’s Lane in Reistertown. You may contact their president Jeremy Silbert at email@example.com for information. Additionally, Murray Weiner, the father of the late Officer Weiner, recently underwent surgery in Florida. Thankfully, his surgery was successful and he is recovering in his home. He would appreciate phone calls from any Shomrim member, as he has no family in Florida. If you would like to call him and wish him well his phone number is (954) 970-9759.
All Shomrim chapters are asked that if they have members and their families who reside in New York State and are registered to vote in New York State to advise them to vote “NO” to opening the New York State Constitutional Convention, which will be on the ballot in the next election on November 7, 2017. It is being pushed by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, who believes that a state constitutional convention is the best route to achieve comprehensive reform in the state. Opening the Constitutional Convention will cost the taxpayers of New York State an estimated $100 million. The current public sector pensions are guaranteed thanks to powerful protections in the New York State Constitution. There is a real possibility that if the Constitutional Convention convenes, the pensions of all New York State employees can be voted out, leaving all public service employees who receive pensions from New York state in serious financial hardships. For more complete information please contact your respective unions.
MEMBER NEWS AND INFORMATION
Everyone is asked to daven for Shomrim of Philadelphia member and National Shomrim Mid-Atlantic Region Vice President Bob Clearfield, Hebrew name Rachmeal ben Yehudit. We ask the Almighty to grant Bob a full, quick and complete recovery. At this time he’s asking for privacy but emails are absolutely welcome. His email address is BClearfield@comcast.net. Also, Shomrim of Philadelphia will be honoring Bob at an informal dinner on Thursday, May 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Pub, 7600 Kaighns Avenue, Airport Circle, Pennsauken, PA. Please email Shomrim of Philadelphia member Merrill Kelem at firstname.lastname@example.org or (609) 442-6922 ASAP to RSVP for what will be a night of support and encouragement for Bob.
Former National Shomrim and NYPD Shomrim President Seth Goodstein invites all to a special 75 minute presentation on “Active Shooter Survival Strategies,” given by FBI Special Agent Jim Kim, on Thursday, May 4, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., at the East Meadow Jewish Center, 1400 Prospect Avenue, East Meadow, NY 11710. Please contact Seth directly at email@example.com if you would like to attend.
ICYMI…Barbara Greenstein of Port Authority Shomrim, winning the Big Deal of the Day on Let’s Make a Deal and getting to kiss that handsome Wayne Brady – so jealous!…Esther Feldman of Nassau Shomrim in the audience of the Wendy Williams Show on Wednesday April 19th…whoop! whoop!…and FB posts from various members including…Port Authority Shomrim President Scot Pomerantz and his family cruising the Caribbean on spring break…Shomrim of Southern Caifornia President Barry Poltorak and his family touring Israel for Passover…South Florida Shomrim President Harvey Meshel singlehandledly fighting fires up, down and across the state of Florida…Port Authority Shomrim First Vice President Betty Astrizky and Nassau Shomrim member Esther Feldman going retro at the Seminole Hard Rock, singing along to Duran Duran…NYPD Shomrim Life Member Ted Newman and his daughter Bonnie Bresalier, former first lady of both National Shomrim and Nassau Shomrim, taking in a Mets vs. Washington Nationals spring training game in Florida…you can take the girl out of NY but you can’t change her devotion to the New York Mets!…Associate member and SAG/AFTRA member Jeff Grossman of San Antonio appearing as an extra on the ABC TV show The Gospel of Kevin, to be aired in the fall.
CHAPTER PRESIDENTS!!! All chapters are reminded that $100.00 dues for 2017 should be sent in as soon as possible. It is important so that your chapter can be represented and have voting rights at upcoming meetings.
ASSOCIATE MEMBERS! Please remember to send in your dues of $18.00 for 2017. Your membership is especially important to our organization, as you are our lifeline to areas where there is a minimal or nonexistent Jewish population. We look forward to meeting all of you at any National Shomrim events, any chapter events, and especially hope that you can join us on the National Shomrim convention on board the Celebrity Silhouette cruise in January 2018.
Also, if chapter and associate member dues have not been paid for 2016, which we are sure is an oversight, please make sure that is taken care of as well.
All dues are to be mailed to National Shomrim Treasurer Marty Turetzky, 264 East Broadway, apt. C1905, New York, NY, 10002, as soon as possible.
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