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Sephardic Bikur Holim Hosts
Its First UnConference Brunch

On June 6th, Sephardic Bikur Holim hosted its first UnConference Brunch for over 40 guidance counselors, psychologists, and social workers of our community schools. Professionals from Hillel, Gesher Yehuda/Yeshiva Prep High school, Yeshivah of Flatbush, Magen David Yeshivah, Shaare Torah, YDE, Barkai Yeshivah, Bnot Rachel, Sephardic Community Center, and Orot Sarah were in attendance.

The morning was organized to help educate these professionals on the many different SBH programs and services available to their students. After an introduction by the SBH’s President Jack Aini, Executive Director Nathan Krasnovsky, Director of Development Charles Anteby, and Mental Health Resource
co-directors Rochelle Mansour and Audrey Grazi, the directors of each SBH division had the opportunity to address the crowd. The directors covered almost every aspect of SBH, including our education advocacy program, food pantry services, free uniform and holiday clothing program, as well as our medical screenings and counseling services. The MHR team – and SBH as a whole – has been at the forefront of many child-related issues, offering services that many may have been unaware of.

Following the presentations by the directors, the attendees were broken into groups for an exercise that allowed them to collaborate and brainstorm with professionals from other schools. “We are lucky to have an organization that we can turn to for so many resources, supports, and ideas. I was talking about what a great morning it was all day and I was especially excited to be part of a continued endeavor,” wrote one school professional. The morning was a great success in that it provided these professionals with information they may need to ensure that their students receive the support they need.

Flatbush Shomrim’s Annual
Carnival & Bike Registration is a Hit!

On June 10th, Flatbush Shomrim, with funding from State Senator Simcha Felder, held its Annual Carnival & Bike Registration event. Over 2,000 people attended and took advantage of the many free giveaways throughout the day.

Below are some of the impressive give-away numbers from
the event:

1,500 bicycle helmets

850 cable combination
bike locks

2,000 T-shirts

Flatbush Shomrim looks forward to hosting an even larger and better event next year!

Flatbush Shomrim also wants to remind everyone to please wear bicycle helmets – as they really do save lives!! Just two days after the helmet giveaway, a 13-year-old boy from the community was clipped by a car while riding his bicycle. The boy fell backwards and hit his head on the concrete floor. There is no question that the helmet was instrumental in preventing a serious and potentially deadly accident.

NY State Senate Gives Green Light to Legislation Granting Straphangers Two Free Transfers

State Senator Martin J. Golden announced that the New York State Senate has approved legislation (S. 7862) that would require the Metropolitan Transit Authority to apply two free transfers within two hours for every paid fare.

This legislation would help straphangers affected by the rising costs of MTA subway and bus fares. This amendment of current state law would automatically add an additional free transfer for straphangers utilizing MetroCards to travel by MTA subways and/orbuses.

Senator Marty Golden stated, “For the New Yorkers that have to transfer more than once from train to bus, or train to train, or bus to train, financial relief is on the horizon. I urge the Assembly to pass the companion bill and call upon Governor Cuomo to sign this bill into law.”

“New Yorkers who take three or more trains or buses, or a combination, could have already saved a bundle if the Governor had not vetoed this bill last year. There is no reason for a veto on this bill and we must step up to the plate and offer this free extra transfer to straphangers. Some need to make an additional transfer because of service reductions and changes. It is not fair to have them forced to pay more because of the MTA’s decisions,” concluded Senator Marty Golden.

The legislation has been sent to the State Assembly where Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz (D-Bronx) is the sponsor of A. 9627.The bill was approved byboth houses of the New York State Legislature last year but was vetoed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Flatbush
Shomrim Activities

May 18, 3:00am– One person arrested for breaking into a vehicle in the vicinity of Ave. W and East 1st. Arrest was made by 61 pct.

May 22, 2:30am– One person arrested for attempted burglary in the area of Locust Ave. and East 15. Stolen property was found on his person. Arrest was made by 70 pct.

May 22, 2:00pm– One person arrested for stealing a bike in the area of New York Ave L-K. He had over 30 prior arrests! Arrest was made by the 63 pct.

May 24, 2:00pm– Flatbush Shomrim units responded to Ave. P and East 18 for a child with his finger stuck in the wheel of a scooter. In a matter of minutes, the situation was corrected and the members left the scene. The next day the very appreciative mother called to thank and bless the members for their help! “Chazak U’baruch” is what she said. Great to help and great to be appreciated!

May 27, 2:45pm– Flatbush Shomrin units assisted in a Torah procession at East 24 M-N. Safety, traffic, and crowd control are our goals, and thank Gd we were successful.

May 27, 4:00pm– A second Torah procession was successfully and flawlessly controlled by FSSP at 1555 East 9thStreet.

June 1, 2:45am – Three people arrested for car break-ins in the area of East 8 and Ave. N. Arrests were made by the 66 pct.

June 6, 10:00am– One person arrested in the area of Ave. J and East 26 for grand larceny auto, attempted burglary of a residence, and weapons possession. This was a “bad guy” that we were happy to get off the street! Arrest was made by the 70 pct.

Senate Passes Verrazano Bridge Toll Discount Plan

Call it the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge or the Verrazzano Narrows Bridge. Either way, the toll is way too high! And Brooklynites are being hit the hardest by having to cough up the $17 round-trip fare. The State Senate has finally passed a bill that will offer some relief, especially for those Brooklyn residents who travel to Staten Island for work or have family living there. According to State Senator Marty Golden, the legislation would provide Verrazano-Narrows Bridge toll relief to Kings County residents who use E-Z pass and who cross the bridge three or more times per month.

Agudath Israel Applauds
Governor Cuomo’s Release of
Hate Crimes Grant Awards at
Event at Magen David Yeshiva

With rising anti-Semitic incidents around the country, and in particular rising hate crimes across New York State, last February, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he would appropriate $25 million for security for yeshivas and other nonpublic schools. The Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes Grant Program provides grants to help strengthen security measures and help prevent crimes or attacks against these facilities because of their ideology, beliefs, or mission.

At an event in Magen David Yeshiva, Governor Cuomo announced the release of the first round of grant awards. Sixty-one yeshivot and other community facilities in Brooklyn were awarded a combined total of more than $5 million.

Agudath Israel of America applauds the Governor who has made the security of our students a top priority. Increased security funding has been and continues to be a major legislative agenda item for the Jewish community, and Agudath Israel has been in the forefront in advocating for increased funding for yeshivot over the past few years.

Agudath Israel attendees, Mr. Ami Bazov, Coordinator of Yeshiva Services, and Rabbi Shai Markowitz, Director of the Lefkowitz Leadership Initiative, commended Governor Cuomo’s strong statements against anti-Semitism and the importance of ensuring
all students are safe in school.

Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, Agudath Israel’s Executive Vice President, noted, “The Governor’s unwavering stance on
anti-Semitism has distinguished him as a friend of our community. He has put his office and prestige behind a tangible proposal to protect religious institutions. Those institutions will now be able to reap the fruits of this initiative in the form of more secure facilities and greater protection for yeshiva and other nonpublic students throughout the state. We are truly grateful for his leadership. We are living in dangerous times and our institutions need to do everything they can to keep the children safe. This special allocation will go a long way in helping them secure their facilities.”