On behalf of the Great Neck Park District, I would like to apologize to the Jewish community for holding our 100-Year Anniversary celebration on one of the most important and saddest dates of the Jewish calendar. However, Aug. 14, 1916, is the exact date that the Great Neck Park District was founded and, in that context, we planned a celebration 100 years to the day.
Being that Great Neck is such a diverse community, we initially were very happy that the date fell on a Sunday. Under most circumstances, we are very cognizant of dates that are important to various ethnic and religious groups. We goofed on this one, and for that we are truly sorry. While our centennial celebration was on August 14, 2016, our bicentennial celebration won’t be around again for another 100 years. Tisha B’av will be with us every year, and I can assure the Jewish community that there will be no major events in the Park District on that date in the future.
—Daniel M. Nachmanoff
Great Neck Park District