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Historic Groundbreaking for the
New Building of Congregation Tiferet Torah

The groundbreaking event for the new building of Congregation Tiferet Torah, under the leadership of Rabbi Michael Haber, took place on Tuesday morning, August 15th. When the building is completed, a magnificent edifice will adorn the new building at the corner of Quentin Road and East 2nd Street in Brooklyn.

For this kehilla, and for the community at large, August 15th marked the beginning of a momentous and long-awaited project. Rabbi Michael Haber has dedicated his entire life to the community, and his speeches, sefarim, and spiritual projects are well known throughout the Sephardic world. The congregation and Rabbi Haber chose to forego a traditional groundbreaking event in order not to delay the project any further. Immediately after obtaining the necessary permits, construction crews began to work, only pausing for a few moments for the short ceremony and dvrei brachathat were delivered by Rabbi Haber.

Present at the groundbreaking were, in addition to Rabbi Haber, Mr. Harry Adjmi, the benefactor of the project, the rabbi’s son, Rabbi Joey Haber, and building committee members, Mr. Jack Elbaz, Mr. Isaac Shabtai, and Mr. David Haber. In addition to participating in this exciting event those attending also reviewed the construction details and plans.

New Leadership at Ahi Ezer Yeshiva

Ahi Ezer Yeshiva is thrilled to announce its new multi-faceted educational approach, designed to have a positive impact on all facets of the school. Ahi Ezer is confident that its highly qualified staff will implement the new changes, which will enhance the school experience for students of all ages, from toddlers to eighth grade. This upgrade was initiated by a group of prominent community leaders, whose goal was to enhance Ahi Ezer Yeshiva and to raise the standards of education, taking the school to the next level.

Ahi Ezer Yeshiva was founded in 1962, and was a real pioneer as an educational institution for girls in our community. The school continues to carry out its original vision, to emphasize solid Torah values and middot. With this strong foundation, the school has made a commitment to focus more on the goal of strengthening the academic achievements of each student. Teachers will be doing even more to encourage inquiring minds and foster academic advancement.

The new program is designed to challenge each student according to her capabilities. As the students progress, the challenging academic program stimulates them to strive for excellence and encourages them to tackle more difficult tasks.

Ahi Ezer’s new school program extends far beyond academics. Extra-curricular activities will be run by a highly qualified staff, and will provide the extra fun and excitement that makes the Ahi Ezer environment so pleasant.

Ahi Ezer Yeshiva encourages parents to stop by and see why the new Ahi Ezer Yeshiva is the right place for their child. For Information on registering your child, please call the main office at (718) 648-6100 x-114.

Brooklyn Councilman
David Greenfield Announces
New Alternate Side Parking Rules to Accommodate Parking Before Shabbat

Councilman David G. Greenfield is pleased to announce that the Department of Transportation has agreed to change alternate side parking regulations at several Midwood locations in southern Brooklyn to accommodate Shabbat observers. The new regulations allow drivers to park their cars on these blocks and not need to move them on Shabbat.

Shabbat parking has been a longtime issue for Greenfield. In fact, Greenfield first contacted the Department of Transportation just weeks into his first term in 2010 to work on parking changes to accommodate Shabbat observance. Greenfield’s tenacity has paid off.

In addition to the alternate side parking changes, there is more good news for Shabbat observers. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced earlier this year that 1,300 Muni-Meters in Boro Park and Flatbush will
soon accept pre-payment up to four-hours in advance on Fridays, guaranteeing that it will no longer be necessary to feed the parking meters after sundown on Fridays – even during the short winter days.

“This is such an important issue to me as a councilman, because parking spaces are so scarce in our neighborhoods,” Greenfield said. That's why I have worked with City Hall on a multitude of parking regulations to make it easier to park before Shabbat.”

The exact streets to see new alternate side parking rules moved from Shabbat to non-Shabbat days are:

Avenue M from Coney Island Avenue to
Ocean Avenue

Avenue J fromEast 12th Street to
East 17th Street

Elm Avenue from Bay Avenue to 18th Street and from 14th Street to 15th Street

Coney Island Avenue from Avenue I to Avenue K

More Bike Lanes in New York City

With cyclists outnumbering motorists in some areas of the city, the de Blasio administration is looking to expand New York City’s infrastructure of bicycle paths. The Department of Transportation vowed last month to add ten miles of protected bicycle lanes and allocate fifty lane miles of regular bikeways annually,starting this year.

“Cycling is being embraced by all kinds of New Yorkers,” said Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, who arrived to make the announcement on a Citi Bike at the Brooklyn side of the Brooklyn Bridge. Citi Bike is the nation’s largest bicycle share program. It operates in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Jersey City. 10,000 bicycles are distributed among 600 locations.

In addition, the Department of Transportation plans to rev up safety efforts in areas with high numbers of fatalities and injuries. These “priority bicycle districts” include seven neighborhoods in Brooklyn and three in Queens.

The number of bike paths citywide has more than doubled in the last decade. New Yorkers now enjoy 1,133 miles of bike paths, up from 513 milesin 2006. Of the existing paths, 425 miles are protected, meaning they are protected from automobile traffic by a physical barrier, not just a painted line. Last year the city installed a record fifteen protected bike paths.

About 90% of cyclist fatalitiesoccurred outside of bikeways. “Our streets are not safe enough for our children to ride bikes in the street,” said City Councilman Ydanis Rodríguez.

The number of daily bike trips in the city has risen dramatically, and now approaches 450,000 a day, almost three times as many as the 170,000 average number of daily bike trips in 2005.

Jewish Communal Fund Sends Out Record-Breaking Number of Grants in 2017, Totaling $397 Million

The Jewish Communal Fund (JCF), the largest Jewish donor advised fund in the country, distributed a record $397 million in grants to charities in all sectors during the 2017 fiscal year ending June 30, 2017. JCF fund holders recommended 52,402 grants to charities in all sectors. The average grant amount was $7,572.77.

“Each year, we are incredibly pleased to create new records when it comes to the extraordinary growth in the number and amount of grants distributed, and this past year was no exception,” said Susan F. Dickman, Executive Vice President and CEO of Jewish Communal Fund. “We are honored to facilitate the charitable giving of our very generous fund holders, who are very active in their grant-making.”

A leader in the world of Jewish philanthropy, JCF continues to be the largest and most active Jewish donor advised fund in the country, managing over $1.5 billion in charitable assets. In 2017, JCF distributed 26 percent of its assets, well above the industry average.

The JCF awarded grants to a wide variety of recipients. Charitable organizations whose missions focused on education, community organizations, and health issues received the largest share of the grants awarded this year.

Senator Golden Praises MTA Chairman Lhota’s New York City Subway Action Plan

New York State Senator Martin J. Golden
praised MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota’s multi-phase
New York City Subway Action Plan. In a recent MTA press release, Chairman Lhota announced he will immediately implement several measures to improve the deteriorating and unreliable subway system. The announcement came fewer than 30 days after Governor Cuomo declared New York City’s subways to be in a state of emergency, and directed Chairman Lhota to provide a plan for immediate action that puts customers first.

The plan addresses a New York City subway system in need of effective solutions following years of customer dissatisfaction and stress to the system caused by a record volume of customers, aging infrastructure, and lack of funding necessary to grow the system. The initial phase of the plan will attack the key drivers (that is, leading factors that affect a company’s performance) of 79% of the major incidents that cause delays on the system, including troubles with signals, tracks and power.

MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota said, “New Yorkers are rightfully frustrated with the current state of the subways, and their demands for better servicehave been heard. We are committed to earning back their trust by implementing solutions that will enhance the customer experience in the short- and long-term. The NYC Subway Action Plan marks the beginning of a new chapter for the MTA and provides an opportunity to stabilize and improve the system and lay the foundation for modernization. As we work to build a better system, customers can expect to see progress in ways bothbig and small.”

“I want to commend MTA Chairman Lhota for his leadership and his plan to make immediate improvements to our subway system”, stated Senator Golden.”