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On Sunday, January 2, 2000, the Jewish War Veterans began the new
century by holding their installation of officers.
Steve Cooper addressed those assembled stating that he has enjoyed
serving as the commander for the last two years. He noted that at the end
of the first millennium the average person's life span was 30 or 32 years.
The average life expectancy increased to 45 years in 1900. Today, in the
year 2000 it has been extended to an average of 78 years. It is fairly
common place for people today to celebrate their 100 birthday.
Soldiers of Jewish descent have had an important role in the defense of the USA since Colonial times. The Jewish War Veterans (JWV) began in 1896 as a group called the Hebrew Union Veterans. In World War II
alone, Jewish soldiers received more than 52,000 awards including the Medal of Honor, the Air Medal, the Silver Star and the Purple Heart. Today the JWV works to combat anti-Semitism and to protect American democratic traditions. The JWV labors to increase the quality of life of Jewish war veterans and all veterans.
Steve Cooper noted that the JWV celebrates the new millennium with
more people on the earth to think about the future and remember the past than at any time in our history. Janet Rashes was asked to come to the dais and present Steve Cooper with a special pin for having served as a commander of the Post. Steve was given a plaque for his outstanding efforts in leading the JWV Post to bigger and better things. Steve gave a
special thanks to the Queens County Commander Larry Eichen and the new Senior Vice Commander Irving Weiner for organizing the breakfast and installing the new officers and to the new Commander, Arthur Fleishman.
Steve Cooper was joined at his table by his family- Janet and Jessica, and
his friends-Barbara and Peter Larkin, Dan Sherman (and his wife) the immediate past commander of Queens County, Gloria Warshofsky and my husband Eugene Pasternak and myself.
Larry Eichen, the Queens County commander, did an outstanding job as the officiating officer for the entire installation ceremony. Larry is a
long time friend who works tirelessly to help others. His service to his
country and to his community is exemplary. Larry Eichen received a plaque in honor of his outstanding service and oratorical skills. Several other officers of the Post received plaques for their outstanding efforts: Irving Weiner for his successful endeavors in increasing attendance and serving as a chef at the breakfast meetings; Arthur Fleischman for his successful efforts to raise funds; Moe Weinschel for his tireless and successful efforts to upgrade Memorial Circle and Sara Berger for taking and
maintaining precise minutes. In addition, Sara Berger received a
certificate of recognition for her countless volunteer efforts.
There were many dignitaries present including Audrey Pheffer, our
assemblywoman; Eugene Pasternak, member of Community Planning Board 14; Peter and Barbara Larkin, executive vice presidents of the Belle Harbor Property Owners Association; Selma Kaplan, president of Temple Beth El; Larry Katzman representing Congressman Anthony Weiner; Gloria Warshofsky, president of the Bayswater Civic Association; and John McLoughlin, editor of The Wave. Several past commanders were present including Irving Weiner,
Moe Weinschel, Irving Dinnerman, Larry Eichen and Sara Berger. The
incoming officers are Commander Arthur Fleischman; Senior Vice Commander, Irving Weiner; First Junior Vice Commander, Steve Cooper; Second Junior Vice Commander, Lester Denenberg; Adjutant, Sara Berger; Quartermaster, Saul Schneider; Judge Adjutant, Irving Weiner; Post Surgeon, Sid Ross and Post
Chaplain, Moe Weinschel. Milton Shayowitz, the senior vice commander, represented the national organization and thanked people for their past services rendered. He encourages everyone to continue to be active.
Arthur Fleischman, the new commander, noted that the Post had
always sustained the goals of the JWV. During his tenure he will outreach to other veterans groups including the American Legion and the Catholic War Veterans. He will lobby in Albany and in Washington D.C. to promote the interests and well being of the JWV and people who have served their country.
Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer noted that she serves as a member of
the Veterans Affairs Committee in Albany. She encourages the veterans to continue to keep her informed of their issues. She invites them to come to Albany to see her also.
On March 26, 2000 Larry Eichen, the Queens County commander, and Linda Singer, the County president, will be honored at the County Dinner Dance. Tickets are $90 per couple. If you bring in $300 in journal ads you get two free tickets. Contact Milton Shaywitz at 71-15 163 street in Flushing, New York, 11365 for information.
Congratulations to all the members of the Jewish War Veterans for the outstanding work on behalf of those who have served our country.