It happens once every 79,000 years.
Or, to be exact, every 79,043 years. This year, Thanksgiving and Chanukah will occur on the same date, November 28. Don’t expect that to happen again very soon.
According to Rabbi Andrew Gordon of Temple Sinai of Roslyn, Jewish holidays are based on a lunar calendar, with each month having only 29 or 30 days. To keep holidays at the right time of the season, a leap month is added seven out of every 19 years, he added. Hence the fluctuation of the holidays, the rabbi noted in a recent Temple Sinai newsletter.
It won’t be until the end of the 2013-2014 school year before final numbers are presented, but the Roslyn School District is already conducting public hearings on a capital improvement project for renovations at all the schools in the district.
The most recent hearing was held at Roslyn High School on Tuesday, Nov. 5. There, Eric Kaeyer a representative with KG&D Architects & Engineers, delivered more details of the plan.
In short, the board hopes to make renovations while at the same time making significant reductions in other costs, and in some cases, eliminating certain projects.
On Nov. 1, Donald Micheletti of Levittown completed the Ironman Triathlon competition held on Panama City Beach in Florida.
The competition consisted of swimming, bicycling, and a marathon run, with strict time limits, a total of 17 hours to complete the entire course.
Creative achievements keep on coming for Roslyn resident Alec Urbach.
On October 23, Hound Comics Publishing released Urbach’s latest children’s educational comic book, The Ghosts of Chone. Urbach is also CEO of Worldwise Comics, which produces an original series of global children’s comic books that tackle such pressing social issues as bullying, negative peer pressure, the importance of staying in school and the need for clean water. A percentage of profits are donated to schools and educational organizations worldwide.
As anyone can see by looking at the real estate page of The Roslyn News, the Village of East Hills continues to attract homeowners. According to a top real estate agent in the Roslyn area, Roslyn Heights may be another highly desirable place for young couples to relocate and raise their families.
According to real estate agent, Maria Babaev, the Roslyn area has many advantages for family living in amidst urban sprawl: Highly-ranked schools, safe streets and bucolic conditions. Added on to that, at least for East Hills residents, has been a spectacular, all-purpose park. The Park at East Hills, constructed on 40 acres that once belonged to an Air National Guard site, has been the most significant development in that village’s 77-year history.
At a recent Village of East Hills Board of Trustees meeting, a local couple expressed concerns over a proposed 3,000-gallon diesel tank to be constructed near the maintenance building behind Harbor Hill School.
The tank, which would supply school buses in the district, will be voted on in May as part of the school bond projects. This is included in part of the plan to relocate the bus garage, which is in a state of disrepair, from behind Roslyn High School to Harbor Hill School.
It’s hard to believe it’s come to this, but nowadays, some people are actually wistful for the “good old days” when bullying was confined to the playground; thanks to the advent of the internet age, even the former safety of a child’s home offers little refuge from schoolyard tormentors.
As a part of her ongoing efforts to address the onset of Cyber-Bullying in recent years, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice hosted a seminar on the subject at Temple Judea in Manhasset on a recent Tuesday evening. Rice welcomed attending parents from Roslyn, Albertson, and other villages in the Roslyn area.
So says longtime Roslyn area resident Julius Eisenstein. On Friday, Nov. 8 at 6:30 p.m., Eisenstein will address a special Kristallnacht service at Temple Sinai of Roslyn, where he will talk of his dramatic life story, one that has made him a grateful citizen of the United States and happy resident of Roslyn.
Longtime Roslyn Harbor resident Monte Getler hasn’t made it to 100 yet, but he’s getting there. Last Sunday, surrounded by loving friends and family, he celebrated his 95th birthday.
Getler attributes his longevity to “choosing the right woman to marry,” his wife, Helen. The couple is still going strong as they celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary on October 26.
Pope Francis is the first pontiff in history to be a native of Argentina. On Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m., Shelter Rock Jewish Center in Roslyn will host a talk by a rabbi who has co-authored a book with Pope Francis before the latter became world famous figure.
Rabbi Skorka is rector of Seminario Rabinico Latinamerica in Buenos Aires. In 2010, Rabbi Skorka and then-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio co-authored Sobre el cielo y la tierra, which following the Cardinal’s election to the papacy in 2013, was published in English as On Heaven and Earth. The book essentially is a conversation between the two men on various subjects, including faith, family, history and interfaith relations. Published by Random House, it has received a warm reception in the United States.
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