2008-01-25 / Community

Fourth Annual RCJC Dinner

Eric Ulrich, Republican District Leader; Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey, co-chair of the Rockaway Catholic Jewish Conference; the Gelda's and the Dufficy's. Eric Ulrich, Republican District Leader; Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey, co-chair of the Rockaway Catholic Jewish Conference; the Gelda's and the Dufficy's. The Rockaway Catholic Jewish Council (RCJC) held its fourth annual dinner at the West End Temple. There were over 150 people in attendance. The RCJC was formed by Rabbi Allan Blaine, Rabbi Joseph Weiss and Father Jack, 22 years ago to promote interfaith understanding and tolerance. They recognized that people of the Catholic and Jewish faiths can establish bonds that create a strong community.

During the dinner, Stanley and Elaine Gelda, and Judge Timothy and Mary Dufficy were honored for their contributions to interfaith harmony in the community.

The RCJC and Queens Borough President Helen Marshall presented citations to the honorees. The Gelda's and the Dufficy's were also recognized for their support of the programs offered by the RCJC.

Seated from left to right: Monsignor John Brown, Rabbi Marjoire Slome, Rabbi Allan Blaine, Suzanne Blain and Father Lou DeGaetano; standing are Dr. Geraldine D. Chapey and Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey. Seated from left to right: Monsignor John Brown, Rabbi Marjoire Slome, Rabbi Allan Blaine, Suzanne Blain and Father Lou DeGaetano; standing are Dr. Geraldine D. Chapey and Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey. Pictured are Margaret Moran; Marion Cawley; Patricia O'Connor, Democratic State Committeewoman; Joanne Anderson, President of the Sea Breeze Seniors; Frances Abbracciamento, Chairperson of the Trinity Services luncheon; Judge Timothy and Mary Dufficy. Pictured are Margaret Moran; Marion Cawley; Patricia O'Connor, Democratic State Committeewoman; Joanne Anderson, President of the Sea Breeze Seniors; Frances Abbracciamento, Chairperson of the Trinity Services luncheon; Judge Timothy and Mary Dufficy. Front row, from left to right are Rowena Schwab, Elaine Gelda, Stanley Gelda, Nan Knebel, Harold Schwab; second row are Dr. John Shure, Ted Knebel, Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey and Eric Ulrich. Front row, from left to right are Rowena Schwab, Elaine Gelda, Stanley Gelda, Nan Knebel, Harold Schwab; second row are Dr. John Shure, Ted Knebel, Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey and Eric Ulrich. Evelyn Weber; Renee Freeman, co-chair of the Rockaway Catholic Jewish Conference; Robert Sullivan; Syma Wolf; Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer; Kathleen Mullen; Dr. Geraldine D. Chapey, New York State Regent, Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey; Nan Knebel, Elaine Gelda; and Barbara Martin. Evelyn Weber; Renee Freeman, co-chair of the Rockaway Catholic Jewish Conference; Robert Sullivan; Syma Wolf; Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer; Kathleen Mullen; Dr. Geraldine D. Chapey, New York State Regent, Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey; Nan Knebel, Elaine Gelda; and Barbara Martin.

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