Bergen County honors Ukraine, and local groups that support relief efforts
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Bergen County honors Ukraine, and local groups that support relief efforts

Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco and the Board of County Commissioners gathered with members of the public and other officials at a flag-raising ceremony outside the Bergen County Administration Building in Hackensack to honor Ukrainian Independence Day on August 24. The ceremony, which featured traditional cultural performances, recognized people who have organized recent local relief efforts in behalf of Ukraine. They were joined by Bergen County Sheriff Anthony Cureton; Tracy Silna Zur, chairwoman of the Bergen County Commissioners; Assemblywoman Lisa Swain; Fort Lee’s Mayor Mark Sokolich, and Consul General Oleksii Holubov.

The Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey’s Jewish community relations director, Alana Burman, accepts the certificate on the federation’s behalf. Its director of civic and community engagement director, Dalia Zahger Levy, was there as well.

Among the institutions honored for exceptional community service were Temple Emanu-El of Closter, Congregation Ahavath Torah of Englewood, the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly, and Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey.  Representatives from the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America and the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America, among other groups, also were honored.

“It was an honor to recognize several local community organizations for their efforts in collecting supplies and funds for Ukrainian refugees and those on the front lines,” Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco said. “Bergen County proudly stands with the people of Ukraine in their fight to remain a democratic and independent nation.”

Leaders of Temple Emanu-el of Closter, Congregation Ahavath Torah of Englewood, the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, and Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey, all shown here, are among the Jewish community members aiding Ukraine.

“Celebrating Ukrainian Independence Day this year feels particularly poignant and meaningful,” Commissioner Chairwoman Tracy Zur said. “The organizations honored did so much to respond to the invasion in a humanitarian way, and not only embody the spirit of tikkun olam, but demonstrate the compassion and commitment of Bergen County to help those fighting for freedom and autonomy.

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