Past Articles:

The First Annual
Albert Missry Challenge

In recent years there has been a trend of individuals challenging themselves physically and mentally by doing very intense obstacle courses. One popular example is known as Tough Mudder. The Albert Missry Foundation this year decided that rather than do a typical summer tournament, they would put on an event that was different, and at the same time went hand in hand with their message. On August 26th, 2018 at Elberon Park in Long Branch, AMF hosted an obstacle challenge of its own.

The Albert Missry Foundation’s mission is to honor and perpetuate Albert Missry’s name by creating various initiatives to help others. The foundation has had much success carrying out their goal of spreading hesedin only the few months since it was established. Albert was remembered by those who knew and loved him as a young man who always encouraged others to challenge themselves and to achieve what they thought was not possible; Therefore, an intense and challenging obstacle course seemed like an appropriate vehicle to perpetuate Albert’s memory.

Some of the event’s tasks included lunges, carrying large heavy sandbags, climbing monkey bars, scaling a rock climbing wall, running, doing jumping jacks, and burpees (squat thrusts). Around 200 community members participated, while hundreds more cheered them on from the side-lines. It was definitely a unique event, unlike any our community has seen before.

Keeping Albert in their thoughts and hearts throughout everything they do, AMF organizers chose food vendors they thought Albert might enjoy. The Broad Street Dough Co. served fresh donuts with Albert’s initials on them, Moshe’s Falafel truck served up great Israeli food, Teatox served drinks throughout the event, and there was a fresh coconut stand.

Each participant received a swag bag upon entering the event. In it contained a T-shirt, a towel, and a “What Would Al Do” bracelet. The members of the winning team were Sol Setton, Max Antar, Ray Sofer, and Albert Ashkenazi.

Flatbush Shomrim – October Activities

Oct. 11, 1:30am– One person arrested for a 32 of a vehicle in the vicinity of East 3rdand Quentin. The arrest was made by the 61 Pct. after being contacted by our patrolling night crime team.

Oct. 11, 2:30pm– Flatbush Shomrim members on patrolobserved a suspicious female in the area of East 21 N-O trying handles of cars and going into backyards. She eventually made her way into a car and responding 70 Pct. cops made the arrest. A friend, who was present and initially was not arrested, was subsequently arrested the next day, as it turned out they had stolen credit cards which were found in
their possession.

Oct. 14, 7:00am– After patrolling all night, our tired units observed an individual break into a garage as well as a car in the area of East 29 L-M. The responding 70 Pct. cops were in the process of questioning said perpetrator when he began to flee. Thanks to FSSP units at the scene he was quickly chased down and held for the cops to cuff him.

Oct. 14, 10:30am-3:30pm– Flatbush Shomrim wasproud to have provided security and traffic and crowd control for three Torah processions in the community. These details were carried out flawlessly by our units, and were greatly appreciated by the 61 Pct. who simply did not have the resources to handleeverything on their own on a Sunday morning.

Oct. 14, 5:00pm-8:00pm– After an exhausting day with the three Torah processions, many of our members spent three hours searching for a special category missing from Ave. J and East 17th. He was eventually located on Caton Ave. and Westminster Road after being missing for close to six hours. He was returned in good health to his worried and very grateful family!

Dan Donovan’s Hurricane Relief
Recovery Provisions Signed Into Law

U.S. Representative Dan Donovan (R-NY) applauded President Trump’s signature of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, which includes critical disaster recovery reforms secured by Donovan.

Rep. Donovan said, “With President Trump’s signature, we can now reform a disaster assistance process that was terribly unfair for Hurricane Sandy victims. I was on Staten Island when Hurricane Sandy devastated our community and I saw these hardships firsthand. This should have been addressed by our previous representative– not six years later as we approach the Hurricane Sandy anniversary later this month. I applaud Congress and President Trump for standing with New Yorkers and other disaster victims so that no one has to face these problems ever again.”

Naomi Levin Aiming to Replace U.S. Representative Jerrold Nadler in Congress

An Upper West Side woman who learned about totalitarianism from her Soviet-Jewish refugee parents is trying to topple a powerful Congressional incumbent who could make life hellish for President Donald Trump if Democrats flip the House in the midterm elections.

Naomi Levin identifies herself as a pro-Israel, pro-school choice, 30-something Republican who sees Iran as a global menace – and strongly believes that many of Trump's actions and polices are “very positive and very beneficial” to America.

Levin makes no apologies for her conservative outlook as she mounts a long shot bid to oust U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the Democrat who has represented the 10thCongressional District for more than a quarter-century, and who is poised to become chairman of the House Judiciary Committee if his party prevails in the general election on November 6th.

“Jerry represents the far-left side of the district,” Levin said. “He votes no on each and every single bill theRepublican majority would support. He's against lowering the tax burden, against increasing federal funding for charter school programs, against school choice – and he represents the extreme polarization that has have taken control in Washington. Most recently, he boycotted the Jerusalem Embassy move, calling it a ‘media ploy devoid of any substance.’”

In a district where 62 percent of all registered voters are Democratic – and Nadler crushed his most recent GOP opponent, Phil Rosenthal – it is tough to imagine that such views would gain traction.

Levin is undeterred: “What we're seeing right now is large numbers of career politicians getting defeated all over the country by people with a fresh perspective,” she argues. “The majority of voters now are looking for something and someone new. So my candidacy is coming at a good time in a diverse district where the political landscape is changing.”

Levin concluded, “My parents instilled in me a sense of public duty and responsibility to fight for our freedoms and our values. There is a bright future for New York, but we will need bold leadership. I am honored to have the opportunity to be a real alternative to our long-time congressman – to have the chance to represent the people in our district.”

Brooklyn Ranked Second in U.S.
as Desirable Investment Market

An annual survey by PwC and the Urban Land Institute has ranked Brooklyn number two among desirable U.S. markets for property investment. Brooklyn, which got  into the top 10 for the first time in the report’s 40-year history, was prized for its “cool industrial appeal and lower costs relative to Manhattan,” according
to Bloomberg. By contrast, Manhattan was only ranked as number 32. The
Dallas-Fort Worth market topped the list. About 2,400 real estate experts were surveyed, Bloomberg reported.

David Greenfield Inducted into the Brooklyn Jewish Hall of Fame

David G. Greenfield, the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Met Council, was among the ten new inductees honored at the Fourth Annual BJHIBrooklyn Jewish Hall of Fame on Monday, October 15th.

The Brooklyn Jewish Hall of Fame, known familiarly as BJHI, has as its mission the chronicling of the lives of Jewish Brooklynites, including oral and video histories. The BJHI works closely with the Brooklyn Historical Society, and they have partnered since the formation of BJHI ten years ago. The Hall of Fame ceremony was held at the Brooklyn Historical Society.

David Greenfield is an accomplished legislator, popular law professor, and noted media personality, with broad experience in government and not-for-profit organizations. As CEO and Executive Director, Greenfield ensures that Met Council fulfills its mission to aid, sustain, and empower poor and near-poor New Yorkers.

In his eight years in the City Council, Greenfield authored nearly 30 pieces of legislation that were signed into law by Mayors Michael Bloomberg and Bill de Blasio. Greenfield passed historic legislation mandating affordable housing, reforming the landmarks preservation process, and providing free security guards for over 100,000 private school children.

Prior to serving on the City Council, Greenfield was Executive Vice President of the Sephardic Community Federation, working closely with public officials at every level of government to improve the lives of all New Yorkers.

This year’s Hall of Fame Class of Inductees also included acclaimed food writer and critic Mimi Sheraton, and Borough Park native, Judge Rachel Freier. Freier decided to go to law school after realizing that her bosses were younger than she was. She went on to become the first Hasidic female civil court judge in New York State history and the first Hasidic woman elected to public office in the nation’s history.

A Dying Mother's Final Request

Rebbetzin Sara Biderman, a Jerusalem mother of 14, fought a long and brutal battle with cancer. Through countless rounds of chemotherapy and surgeries, she remained brave for her children.

Though her family had sunk hundreds of thousands of dollars into debt, her focus remained on her survival: she must make it, for the kids. Tragically, her will was not enough to save her.

The day that Sara passed away, the Biderman family gathered round her hospital bed to say their final goodbyes. Knowing that her time on this earth was coming to an end, she made one last, urgent request. In her last moments her greatest desire was that of every mother:

“Take care of my children,” she pleaded.

Those present knew they must honor her request, though it was unclear how.

Two months have passed since Rebbetzin Biderman's petirah, and the shadow of grief still looms heavily over her home. Of 14 children, seven still reside in their modest apartment in the Geulah neighborhood. The youngest is just eight years old.

Bereaved of their mother, the children are lost, suffering, and
are living in poverty. Their father, Reb Chaim Biderman, strugglesto free himself from tremendous debt, while single-handedly raising his children and mourning his life partner.

Their storyhas caught the attention of the gedolim. In a letter to the public, the Rachmastrivke Rebbe is quoted as saying, “It is impossible to describe the suffering of the family.”

The Rebbe also made a very striking statement regarding those who help the family. In a letter he wrote the Rebbe declared, “The mitzvah of supporting the Biderman family has tremendous power to protect [those who give] and their descendants from any illness.”

Those who wish to help the Biderman orphans can do so by calling 1(877)-722-2646, and selecting fund # 4561. Checks can also be sent to Vaad HaRabbanim L'Inyanei Tzedaka at 221 Regent Drive, Lakewood NJ 08701. All donations are tax deductible. Please make checks payable to Vaad HaRabbanim.

Bill Initiated by Agudath Israel to Protect College Students Moves Forward in NJ Legislature

Thanks to a proposed bill initiated by Agudath Israel of America in response to an incident at a local college last Yom Kippur, New Jersey students may no longer be forced to choose between observing their religion and facing academic penalties.

Under current New Jersey law, college students who miss an exam due to a religious holiday are guaranteed an alternate exam date. However, the law is limited to exams, and does not prevent a student from being penalized for missing classesdue to a religious holiday. This glaring omission from the law was highlighted by a situation that arose last Yom Kippur. After a student missed two days of classes on Rosh Hashanah, her professor notified her that she would failthe semester if she missed any more classes. Caught in a no-win situation, the student had to decide whether to observe Yom Kippur or fail the semester.

When Rabbi Avi Schnall, New Jersey Director of Agudath Israel, learned of the incident, he approached Assembly Deputy Speaker Gary Schaer to request his assistance. In response, Assemblyman Schaer introduced Assembly Bill A3440, which states that an “institution [of higher education] is not permitted to impose any type of penalty on a student who is unableto attend class for reason of a religious observance.” Concurrently, Senator Vin Gopal introduced an identical bill in the State Senate where it passed unanimously, 38 – 0.

The bill was heard in the Assembly Higher Education Committee hearing on September13, where it also passed unanimously. Committee Vice Chairman Robert Karabinchak joined Assemblyman Schaer as a primary sponsor of the bill and expressed his strong support for the bill during the hearing. “This bill is simple, it’s fair, and I’m 100% behind it.”

“We’re grateful to Assemblyman Schaer for his leadership and initiative on this important matter, as well as to Assemblyman Karabinchak and Senator Gopal,” says Rabbi Schnall, “and we look forward to having the bill passed by the full Assembly andmoving on to the governor’s desk. New Jersey students should never be penalized for their religious beliefs.”