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The following is a paid announcement from the Kings Bay YM-YWHA (3495 Nostrand Avenue):


Experience the country-like campus of Kings Bay Y Summer Camps at our Open House this Sunday!

Learn about our Summer Day Camps for ages 6-15. We have:

  • Summer Day Camp
  • Swim Camp
  • Basketball Camp
  • Hebrew Dual Language Summer Camp
  • Russian Dual Language Summer Camp
  • and Summer Camp for Special Needs Children

The tour includes activities and snacks for kids, an opportunity to meet our staff and special discounts for registering the same day.

The campus features basketball courts, soccer fields, an outdoor pool, a private bowling alley, a movie theater, archery and fencing facilities, an arcade and a cafe!

Bonus: Summer Day Camp 2014 season will have air-conditioned buses daily and a new caterer.

Free transportation available.

For more information about Kings Bay Y Summer Camps, click here.

To RSVP contact Sasha at (718) 648-7703 ext. 204 or e-mail

The above is a paid announcement by Kings Bay YM-YWHA (3495 Nostrand Avenue). Sheepshead Bites has not verified the claims made in this advertisement. If you own a business and would like to announce a special offer to tens of thousands of locals, e-mail us at advertising [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

A traditional mishloah manot care package for the Jewish holiday of Purim. Source: nweiss81/ Flickr

A traditional mishloah manot care package for the Jewish holiday of Purim. Source: nweiss81/ Flickr

The following is a press release from the UJA-Federation:

UJA-Federation of New York’s fourth annual “Pack It Up For Purim” food drive runs now through March 16, 2014, and aims to provide more than 3,000 food packages to hungry New Yorkers. Food will be collected at JASA Brighton/Manhattan Beach Senior Center, 60 West End Avenue in Brooklyn; JASA Senior Alliance Senior Center, 161 Corbin Place in Brooklyn; Kings Bay YM-YWHA, 3495 Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn; and Shorefront YM-YWHA of Brighton-Manhattan Beach, 3300 Coney Island Ave in Brooklyn.

Drop-off times for JASA Senior Centers are Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Drop-off times for Kings Bay YM-YWHA and Shorefront YM-YWHA of Brighton-Manhattan Beach are Mondays through Thursdays from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Fridays from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The initiative follows one Purim tradition of offering mishloach manot, or charitable food baskets, to friends, neighbors, and those in need. Fanning out over New York City, Long Island, and Westchester, over 40 UJA-Federation beneficiary agencies, synagogues, day schools, and other organizations are collecting food donations and many are organizing food-packing projects to help inspire community-building and charitable giving.

“Approximately 2.6 million New Yorkers – or nearly one in four – have difficulty affording food for themselves and their families and we need to come together to help feed our neighbors,” says Susan Kohn, executive director of the Volunteer Leadership Development Department at UJA-Federation of New York. “In the spirit of Purim, we are so grateful to our food collection sites and encourage all New Yorkers to come out and help members of our community who are just trying to feed their families.”

“Our goal for last year was to deliver over 2,000 food packages, and this year we raised that goal to 3,000 to further alleviate pressure on food distribution sites and increase the number of families we can serve,” said Kohn.

Each Pack It Up for Purim food package will contain nutritious, nonperishable items such as whole-grain cereal or oatmeal, canned vegetables, canned tuna, pasta, beans, granola bars, and peanut butter.

The festival of Purim, celebrated annually by Jews around the world, commemorates a time when the Jewish people living in Persia were saved from extermination.

For more information on how to volunteer and to find a list of the food collection sites, please visit For information about these “Pack It Up For Purim” food collection sites, please contact:

  • JASA Brighton/Manhattan Beach Senior Center, Anna Bella: (718) 646-1118 /
  • JASA Senior Alliance Senior Center, Sheila Galvez: (718) 646-4100 /
  • Kings Bay YM-YWHA, Laura Mezhiborsky: (718) 648-7703 ext. 227 /
  • Shorefront YM-YWHA of Brighton-Manhattan Beach, Ariella Angert: (718) 646-1444 ext. 332 /
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A group of city planners and neighborhood activists will be meeting tomorrow, March 5, at 7:00 p.m. to begin creating a new comprehensive vision of the Sheepshead Bay waterfront’s commercial and recreational corridors.

The public forum, open to all and taking place at the Kings Bay Y Emmons Avenue Annex at 2801 Emmons Avenue, is organized by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and NYU’s Wagner Capstone Team. Support for the initiative is being provided by Empower Sheepshead.

The Capstone program is doing the groundwork of the initiative, researching, conducting site visits, attempting to organize a merchant association and conducting interviews with local stakeholders.

The point of the plan is to come up with a slate of new proposal to reinvigorate the business and recreational life of Sheepshead Bay. The planners are looking to hear from residents and business owners on ideas to unify, beautify, strengthen and enrich the waterfront for years to come.

And while there have been many meetings on the future of Sheepshead Bay since Superstorm Sandy, the Capstone program has a record to stand behind of getting things done in New York City neighborhoods.

The program partners student planners with nonprofit organizations to help solve real-world business and planning problems. They’ve previously drawn up a vision to increase business along Bay Ridge’s 4th Avenue, and elements of that are currently being put into effect with help from city agencies. They’re also behind the proposals to reactivate the Crown Heights Armory.


The following is a paid announcement from the Kings Bay YM-YWHA (3495 Nostrand Avenue):

Kings Bay YM-YWHA at 3495 Nostrand Avenue features a number of enriching summer camp programs, designed to meet the interests of every kid and the expectations of every parent.


The seven summer camp programs now open for registration include:

  • Preschool Camp
  • Summer Day Camp
  • Swim Camp
  • Basketball Camp
  • Hebrew Dual Language Summer Camp
  • Russian Dual Language Summer Camp
  • Summer Camp for Special Needs

Our camps are open to kids ages 2 to 15.

We take our kids to a fun-filled and beautiful outdoor facility on a country-like campus in Bay Ridge several times a week. There, they’ll enjoy baseball and soccer fields, an outdoor pool, private bowling alley, movie theater, basketball courts, arcade, and an on-site cafe.

In our programs, kids go swimming four times a week and enjoy hot meals every day. Our buses to the facility, as well as on the several field trips throughout the summer, are air-conditioned. We also offer door-to door transportation, and provide the additional convenience of early drop-offs and late stays.

Camp goes from June 27 to August 22.


To register, visit, call (718) 648-7703 ext. 223 or e-mail

The above is a paid announcement by Kings Bay YM-YWHA (3495 Nostrand Avenue). Sheepshead Bites has not verified the claims made in this advertisement. If you own a business and would like to announce a special offer to tens of thousands of locals, e-mail us at advertising [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

One of Fidler’s elves at last year’s toy drive.

Councilman Lewis Fidler’s Democratic Club, the 41st Assembly District Democrats, is putting out the final call for toys as the grand finale party nears on Thursday.

Now in its 13th year, the annual toy drive has grown to become the largest Toys for Tots drive in New York City for seven years running. Last year, they collected more than 9,000 toys, a record they hope to beat again this year.

Their efforts have been helped by several smaller “feeder” drives, including one done by the Kings Bay Y and another by the Be Proud Foundation (Be Proud’s collection event is today, at 6:00 p.m. at Signature Restaurant [2007 Emmons Avenue]. Those interested in donating can stop by with an unwrapped, unopened toy or a check made out to Be Proud Foundation).

The event culminates with a massive party at the clubhouse at 2952 Avenue R on Thursday, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. It’s a great time for kids, who get to mingle with Mr. Met and Sandy the Seagull, and is capped off with an “elf show” and the loading of toys into the U.S. Marines’ 18-wheeled military cargo truck. Last year’s loading took more than an hour.

If you’d like to make a donation or have questions about the drive, call Bryan at (917) 846-1944.

Last year's Chanukah Extravaganza. Source: Kings Bay Y / Facebook

Last year’s Chanukah Extravaganza. Source: Kings Bay Y / Facebook

The largest Chanukah event in Sheepshead Bay is slated for this Sunday, November 24 at the Kings Bay YM-YWHA holds its annual Chanukah Extravaganza for the entire community. The festival will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. inside the Y’s main building, 3495 Nostrand Avenue between Avenue U and Avenue V.

Featuring a fun-filled array of activities for the entire family, in addition to a symbolic menorah-lighting ceremony, the program will include a holiday performance, presentations from various Kings Bay Y programs and a special toddler area.

“The Festival of Lights is all about celebration and community,” said Leonard Petlakh, executive director of the Kings Bay Y. “This event gives families the opportunity to come together as a community, have a great afternoon and see what the Kings Bay Y has to offer.”

The Chanukah Extravaganza is free and open to the public. Community leaders and local businesses will be participating.

2012 Chanukah Extravaganza coverage on Sheepshead Bites
2011 Chanukah Extravaganza coverage on Sheepshead Bites
2010 Chanukah Extravaganza coverage on Sheepshead Bites

Source: Brian Holt / Flickr

Source: Brian Holt / Flickr

Searching for a job is more than submitting your resume to job boards or company websites. Learn what it means to hunt employment and prepare yourself for a better job search at a workshop by Single Stop Employment Services, November 13 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Kings Bay Y – Emmons Avenue, 2801 Emmons Avenue between East 28th Street and East 29th Street.

In this workshop, you will learn the importance of having an organized job search “campaign.” Armed with a schedule, you will be provided with ways to create a plan of action, find jobs in the hidden market, and how to follow up on potential opportunities.

To register, contact Laura Mezhiborsky by phone at (718) 648-7703 extension 227 or email at For more information, you may also contact FEGS at (212) 524-1790, email or go to

The event is sponsored by the Kings Bay Y, Shorefront Y and the Bensonhurst Jewish Community House.

Adam Richman (Source: smulligannn via flickr).

Adam Richman (Source: smulligannn via flickr).

Adam Richman, the star of the Travel Channel’s Man v. Food and the Fandemonium, paid homage to his Sheepshead Bay roots in a recent New York Post report.

The 39-year-old Richman, who graduated Midwood High School, has been in the Hollywood limelight since 2004 when he made his acting debut in Joan of Arcadia. Besides acting, Richman’s interests fell with the world of cuisine, leading him to keep a journal of every restaurant visited dating back to 1995. On Man v. Food, Richman would enthusiastically engage in insane eating contests where he would tackle giant burritos and cram five fat-sandwiches from the famed “grease trucks” at Rutgers into his face in 45 minutes. (As a Rutgers grad, I cringed watching this video, knowing just how disgusting his attempted feat was.)

In the Post report, Richman remembered fondly the places in Sheepshead Bay that he loved to visit and commented on the evolving food scene in Brooklyn.

“I love the amazing new food scene and the cultural aspect, but often, the native Brooklynite in me yearns for the way things used to be,” Richman told the Post. “I guess I’m just protective of my home — like everyone is.”

Richman gave shout-outs to the now closed Pips Comedy Club (2005 Emmons Avenue) sharing a story of how he landed there with his prom date.

“I used to go to Pips to see comedians who were up-and-coming at the time — like David Brenner and Wil Shriner. That was where I asked my prom date to go with me to the prom. And yes, she said ‘yes,’” Richman said.

He also commented on his love for the roast beef sandwiches at Brennan and Carr (3432 Nostrand Avenue), appreciating their old-school approach to root beer.

“I’ve been going here since I was young. It’s also a place I visited for one episode of ‘Man v. Food.’ I was there with [borough president] Marty Markowitz, who also loves it. They’re known for their dipped roast beef sandwich. They still serve root beer in frosted mugs, and the waiters still wear jackets and ties. It was like that when my grandpa ate there,” Richman told the Post.

Richman also gave love to the closed Adelman’s Deli and his time as a youth at the Kings Bay Y:

Adelman’s Deli, formerly at 1906 Kings Hwy., at East 19th Street
“This is one of those delis that they just don’t make anymore. I remember when I came out of Yale, I decided to drive across country by myself for pilot season in LA, to take my shot at TV fame. Before I left Brooklyn, I made a point of going to Adelman’s to get my favorite sandwich — pastrami and corned beef on rye with Russian and coleslaw on it, along with fries and a Dr. Brown’s Cel-Rey soda. I knew I was about to go to the land of the thin and the high-cheek-boned, so I wanted one final taste of New York before I crossed the Rockies!”

Kings Bay Y, 3495 Nostrand Ave., at Avenue V
“They had after-school and summer programs that I used to go to when I was a kid. You could shoot basketball, and that’s where I learned to swim, too. They also had dances there where you could learn to talk to girls . . . or not to talk to girls, as the case often was.”

I like Richman. Whenever his show came on TV, my girlfriend would cringe at all the food he was trying to inhale and make me change the channel but I always got the impression that Richman was a down-to-earth and funny guy. And, with his love of Sheepshead, obviously he’s got good taste.

Shkolnikov, left, presents Kings Bay Y Executive Director Leonard Petlakh with a check as Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz and City Council candidates David Storobin and Chaim Deutsch look on.

Neighbors gathered with Kings Bay YM-YWHA members, local leaders and Holocaust survivors on Sunday to celebrate the contributions of boardmember Eugene Shkolnikov, and to honor him as he handed over $10,000 for an at-risk youth leadership program he helped create.

Shkolnikov scored the funds from the program from his employer, Northwestern Mutual, who awarded the money at Shkolnikov’s direction after he won the company’s community service award.

The program, which is kicking off its second year, is called Aharai, Hebrew for “Follow me.” It recruits at-risk tweens and teens to develop leadership skills and promotes community involvement, as well as education through interaction with Holocaust survivors. Shkolnikov created the program and funded its first year out of his own pocket, saying he was inspired by a trip he took through a Kings Bay Y program that brought him to Auschwitz.

“When I was in Auschwitz, I saw and I felt things that I thought I knew about, but I had no idea that it was real. It was a very different feeling when I was in Auschwitz,” Shkolnikov told Sheepshead Bites. “I have a 9-year-old daughter, and I know about Holocaust, but how can I tell her? So that’s why I thought it would be very important for the kids, a young generation, to have people who actually went through the Holocaust to educate them what the Holocaust was all about.”

Shkolnikov was one of 20 people out of thousands who work for Northwestern Mutual to receive the annual award.

In addition to Aharai, Shkolnikov’ has made previous donations to the Kings Bay Y, resulting in a library and mirrored dance studio.

Kings Bay Y Executive Directory Leonard Petlakh gave a public thank you during the Sunday ceremony.

“The lessons [of the Holocaust] are still being taught to our children and our grandchildren. We’re blessed to have a program like Aharai. Eugene’s probably one of the best known philanthropists in this community, someone who opens up his heart and his wallet for the community,” said Petlakh. “It is a great example for the entire community to follow.”

The intergenerational ceremony featured a concert by Holocaust survivors and a presentation of survivors’ testimonies by Aharai teens.

Kings Bay Y staff members with a Y camper. Photo by Kenneth Brown

Kings Bay Y staff members with a Y camper. Photo by Kenneth Brown

The Kings Bay YM-YWHA invites the community to attend its Back to School Open House this Sunday, September 15 at 11:00 a.m. inside its facility at 3495 Nostrand Avenue between Avenue U and Avenue V.

Families will have an opportunity to sample children’s activities, meet the staff and learn all about the Kings Bay Y’s programs, as well as new Sunday classes for children. Enjoy free giveaways, special discounts, arts and crafts, food, and fun for the whole family.

To learn more, call Alina Plotkina at 718-648-7703 extension 224, email or go to

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