Yeshiva of Central Queens jubilee gala April 10


Yeshiva of Central Queens will celebrate its 75th with a gala dinner at Leonard’s Palazzo in Great Neck on April 10. 

In 1941, Yeshiva of Central Queens opened its doors with six children in the Talmud Torah Miskhan Israel building in Jamaica. In 1948, it moved to 150th Street and Jamaica Avenue with the renowned educator Rabbi Baruch Charny serving as principal. Rabbi Menachem Rottenberg became the executive director in 1963, establishing a solid foundation for the continued growth and development of the yeshiva.

In 1975, YCQ moved to its present home in Kew Gardens Hills and the junior high school moved into its new facility in 2001. According to Executive Director Rabbi Yaakov Lonner, YCQ, with close to 1,000 students, is exploring strategies to develop more space to accommodate its vast array of programming and services.

According to Rabbi Marc Merrill ’01, director of alumni activities at YCQ, news of the YCQ celebration has been received with much excitement and enthusiasm, as many alumni have shared their personal inspirational experiences about their years at the yeshiva.

YCQ Chairman of the Board Israel Glaser announced that the dinner will honor a number of outstanding individuals and families whose accomplishments have brought much honor and dignity to the yeshiva:

•YCQ’s principal, Rabbi Mark Landsman, and his wife Naomi have been chosen as this year’s Guests of Honor.

•Receiving YCQ’s Distinguished Alumnus Award will be Eric S. Goldstein ’73, CEO of UJA-Federation. He previously served as a board member of the Ramaz School, Chairman of the Board of Manhattan Day School, a founding board member of Yeshiva University’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education, and President of the Beth Din of America.

•Parents of the Year are Ronen and Tanya Nissani. They are among the founding members of Congregation Anshei Shalom of Jamaica Estates and the Likrat Kallah organization. 

•The YCQ community will honor the Hametz, Holzer, and Rothberger families, which represent the mission and the spirit of the yeshiva.

•Mrs. Pearl Cohen and Mrs. Reize Sipzner, dinner co-chairpersons, requested that everyone submit reservations and congratulatory ads as soon as possible. 

For further information, contact Rabbi Marc Merrill at the alumni office, 718-793-8500 x304,, or visit the website