The Jewish Center of Jackson Heights was recognized by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez during a speech on the floor of the United States Congress in Washington D.C. on Friday, November 20, 2020
Her one-minute speech honored the Jewish Center’s centennial anniversary this year.
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the centennial anniversary of the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights by sharing some of their rich history in New York’s 14th Congressional District.
The center was founded as the Queens Independent Society in 1920 when a few Jewish families looked for a space to congregate in Jackson Heights. It was first called the Queens Independent Society because the term Jewish was not permitted at the time.
The original building itself was based in Woodside, an adjacent neighborhood to Jackson Heights because at the time Jews were not welcome in the neighborhood of Jackson Heights.
However in 1928 the center was able to rename itself the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights and in the 1950’s they officially moved their brick and mortar into the community where they are today.
Today it’s known as an inclusive and accepting space, hosting community events throughout the year as well as housing our beloved Queens Center for Gay Seniors.
Mr. Speaker, I ask our colleagues to join me in recognizing the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights.
Thank you for your ongoing service to our community.
Elul is the period before the High Holidays when we take time to reflect.
This year has given us a great deal to reflect on. COVID-19 has turned the world upside down! It has affected everyone on every level of everyday life. I hope that all our members and their family and friends have managed to stay safe and healthy.
On Rosh HaShanah, we will ask the almighty to grant us a year of peace, prosperity and blessing. This year we will also ask for good health and safety for everyone; a return to “some kind of normal” and hopefully a safe and effective vaccine and treatment. Also a special blessing for all the healthcare and emergency workers who have worked so tirelessly through these harrowing times. And for the business owners and their employees for keeping their stores on 37th Avenue open.
The world is upside down: As are our lives and routines. It is a terrible time for everyone. We are stressed, depressed and scared. I hope that all our members, their families and their friends; are safe and following social distancing.
Of course, Passover will be very different this year. Do the best you can. I hope that we will be together at The Jewish Center very soon.
Sending wishes for a Chag Pesach Kasher Ve’sameach ! Zei Gezunt ! Gut Yom Tov !