From Rogers & Hammerstein’s great show “Carousel,” “June is bustin’ out all over” certainly rings true today…
May’s fickle weather pattern ended and warm and sunny days have made everything bloom. The daffodils along Macarthur Park signaled it’s time to shed our winter gear and get ready for summer.
Being one of a very tiny minority of people who love winter, I’m not thrilled with 90+ days and matching humidity, but I have to admit that walking without a heavy jacket and feeling the warm sun on my face does make me feel good. The birds are busy gathering whatever it is that birds gather to build their nests, baby squirrels have made their debuts and have such fun racing each other to see who can climb that tree first!
Living to the rear has its advantages and city wildlife is one. A variety of birds and crows and squirrels, an occasional cat meandering by is a reminder that other living things are around us.
Fleet Week has passed and we bless our Navy and all service men and women. Let them remain safe as they safeguard us. On June 5, New Yorkers of all backgrounds and creeds will join in a wonderful show of support to Celebrate Israel. Along Fifth Avenue, tourists and New Yorkers alike will watch as thousands of children and adults celebrate Israel’s independence in its 68th year.
The Rego Park Jewish Center holds its lovely Shavuot Luncheon on June 12. To me it is most fitting that with the natural world in fresh bloom at springtime, we arrive anew at the festival of Shavuot, which means “Weeks” and celebrates the season of the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai to the Jewish people.
I have read that Shavuot is the goal of Pesach: whereby the season of the giving of Our Torah is the culmination of Passover, the season of our freedom. People will study Torah all night and then be rewarded by the feasting on dairy food, especially delicious blintzes. On the second day of Shavuot, Yizkor is said for our departed dear ones. It is part of the Jewish identity that even in the midst of feeling carefree and anticipating Summer fun, we still remember those who are no longer with us.
The RPJC is still in full swing mode with many activities continuing throughout the summer. Come pay us a visit at 9730 Queens Blvd. All are welcome.
Sunday, June 16, the RPJC will celebrate its 77th Annual Journal Dinner, a festive dinner dance held at the Hollis Hills Jewish Center, where members and guests will enjoy a one-hour cocktail hour followed by a delicious dinner and festive dessert.
June is the traditional month for graduations and weddings and there will be countless celebrations going on throughout Queens and the rest of the city. Let’s not forget Father’s Day on June 19. Be sure to treat Dad to something special to show your love for all he does.
Street fairs will be a common sight, and there will be enough food to feed an army. As we start the month of June, let us give thought to the blessings of being alive, the feel of sun on our faces, and the smiles of children yelling and playing. Even the pets seem to be invigorated. Do leave some cool water outside for our dog friends and let’s all have a very healthy and happy June.
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