“Shining Light: Reflections on the 2024 Ateret Cohanim Gala”


With eager anticipation, the highly anticipated 2024 Ateret Cohanim dinner unfolded in all its glory, drawing an impressive crowd of over 400 esteemed guests to the elegant setting of the Sewane Club in Hewlett Harbor, New York. From the moment attendees stepped foot inside, the air was charged with excitement, complemented by the tantalizing aromas and sumptuous spread of the buffet, a feast for both the palate and the soul.

The mastermind behind this grand affair, Shani Hikind, orchestrated a seamless event that left a lasting impression on all who attended. The roster of speakers and honorees was nothing short of stellar, featuring luminaries such as the charismatic Sid Rosenberg from the Sid & Friends morning radio show and the distinguished Bruce Blakeman, Nassau County Executive, both renowned for their unwavering support of Israel and former President Donald Trump.

As the evening progressed, emotions ran high during a stirring rendition of the Mesheberach for Israeli soldiers, a heartfelt tribute that underscored the unwavering solidarity of those in attendance.

The evening’s charm was further enhanced by the moving speeches from esteemed personalities such as former Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and the revered Dov Hikind. Each speaker shared profound insights and heartfelt anecdotes that deeply resonated with the audience, enriching the experience of all in attendance. The highlight of the event, however, was undoubtedly the compelling videos that showcased the remarkable progress made by Ateret Cohanim in reclaiming Jerusalem properties and supporting the vibrant community living there. These visuals served as a powerful reminder of the organization’s noble mission and the profound impact it has on the lives of countless individuals.

Amidst the celebrations, Rabbi Shai Graucher emerged as a beacon of light, receiving well-deserved recognition for his tireless efforts in supporting both active and injured soldiers. Through his Klal Yisroel Organization, Rabbi Graucher has provided invaluable assistance to families of terror victims since 2017, demonstrating a commitment to compassion and solidarity that knows no bounds.

As a journalist privileged to witness such moments of inspiration, I can attest that while many worthy causes exist, Ateret Cohanim stands out as a beacon of hope and resilience in a world often fraught with challenges. Their dedication to preserving the sanctity of Jerusalem and supporting its inhabitants is a testament to the enduring spirit of the Jewish people.

Looking ahead, I eagerly await the opportunity to once again join in the festivities of next year’s celebration, knowing that with each passing year, Ateret Cohanim continues to pave the way for a brighter future for generations to come.

Am Yisroel Chai,

Austin Rybstein