2003-05-23 / Columnists

Chatting with Chapeyby Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

Brotherhood And Sisterhood Awards
Chatting with Chapeyby Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

Chatting with Chapeyby Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

Dr. Geraldine ChapeyDr. Geraldine Chapey

Brotherhood And Sisterhood Awards

On Sunday, May 8th, 2003, the Rockaway Catholic Jewish Council held their 19th Annual Brotherhood Sisterhood Awards breakfast supported and co-supported by Greenpoint Bank.

Kudos to Ace Proce and Ralph Leinoff for co-chairing this inspirational event.  They and their committee are to be congratulated for promoting this concept among our children and in our neighborhood.  Never before has there been such an urgent need to highlight the value of each human being.  It is particularly important that elementary and high school children learn these principles early in life and follow them in their everyday lives.

The Rockaway Catholic Jewish Council Grand Prize Winners come from St. Francis de Sales, West End Temple, St. Rose of Lima, PS 42Q, Maura Clark High School, St. Virgilius and Stella Maris.  The Theodore Avery Memorial Award winners were also from the same schools.

Monsignor Martin Geraghty always makes this event a priority in his enormously busy schedule.  He has a warmth, a kindness of heart and a spirit of generosity toward each person that he meets.  He is a very highly regarded and revered spiritual leader who sets a very high standard by his own action that others try to emulate.

Rabbi Melvin May, from the West End Temple is relatively new to our community.  He applauded the students for their commitment to brotherhood and sisterhood.  He noted that good will and harmony are essential. He encouraged the children to reflect this in their daily lives.

In these times when every newspaper and news broadcast is stressing the tensions around the world, our youngsters are being inundated with pictures of disharmony. 

Through this breakfast we are helping our children to recognize a different view. By encouraging them to write the essays and having a special awards breakfast to celebrate these values we are instilling in the next generation the values of peace and harmony.

Michael O’Connor, the grandson of our elected Democratic State Committeewoman was one of the essay winners.  He stated "in a world full of prejudice, discrimination and hate, the topic of brotherhood/sisterhood could not be more relevant. Many people ignore the fact that these injustices exist.  The truth is that they do exist and despite what some people may think, we can work together to change these conditions." He further commented "I truly believe that if we are consistently kind towards each other we can achieve world peace.  It is up to us - and only us - to work towards this goal and I fully intend to try. "

These sentiments really sum up the philosophy conveyed by the participants.  I would like to congratulate the youngsters, their parents, their teachers and their relatives and friends for working together to encourage everyone to achieve this noble goal.

Our elected officials - Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, District Leader Frank Gulluscio and myself attended the breakfast to lend our support to this effort.

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