COMMUNITY HIGHLIGHTS

Statement from Councilmember Chaim Deutsch about
the Proposed Bus Lane
on Kings Highway

I’m pleased to announce that MTA President Andy Byford and DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg have agreed to delay the start date for implementing theSBS route on Kings Highway. They will spend the next several months speaking with community members and elected officials in an effort to address some of our concerns about the plan.

This decision comes after a lengthy meeting we held with the MTA, DOT, and my colleagues in government, urging further consideration about the potential impact that removing significant parking and creating a bus-only lane could have on small businesses.

I’m grateful to my colleagues – State Senators Simcha Felder and Marty Golden; Assemblymembers Bill Colton, Helene Weinstein, Dov Hikind, and Steve Cymbrowtiz; and Councilmembers Mark Treyger and Kalman Yeger – for their partnership in the fight to protect our local small businesses.

I thank the MTA and DOT leadership for taking our concerns seriously and agreeing to work with us going forward.

This community has shown that when we are united, we can have a strong voice in what happens in our neighborhood. Kudos to all the leaders and activists who made their voices heard on this issue.

– Councilman Chaim Deutsch

Flatbush Shomrim Activities

April 01, 2018– FSSP received a hotline call regarding a car that was stolen from East 8, Ave. N-O. Video footage was retrieved and disseminated to our units in the hope that the stolen car would be spotted while on patrol.

April 10, 12:45am– Members on patrol observed a male going in and out of driveways. They stealthily followed him on foot until they saw him breaking into a house on East 21st, Ave. I-J. Foot pursuit ensued and the perpetrator was apprehended on Ocean Ave. He was charged with attempted burglary as well as assault, as he attacked one of our members who was only slightly injured (see photo).

April 11, 2:00am–An eagle-eyed member on night patrol saw a car in the Rite Aid parking lot on Ave. X and West 2nd that resembled the car that was stolen on April 1st. Upon further investigation it was determined that this was, in fact, the car in question. The car was returned to the overjoyed and very grateful owner!

April 13 1:30am– Units on patrol observed two males in the area of Ave K and Ocean Parkway defacing property with graffiti. They were subsequently arrested and charged.

April 18, 10:30pm– An elderly womanwith dementia went missing from an assisted living facility in Boro Park. Flatbush Shomrim was contacted by Boro Park Shomrim to assist in locating her, as her last known location was on Ave M and East 12. An employee at a store where she entered to shop overheard her mention the word “Macy’s.” Based on that, multiple units were dispatched to Kings Plaza in the hope of locating her. After an intense search, one of our members spotted her wandering around aimlessly. She was found quickly, as the mall was closing and her condition was deteriorating rapidly. She was eventually returned to her apartment in the facility.

Once again, we want to remind you not call individual members when you have an emergency. Alwayscall our emergency hotline number – 718 338 9797.

Community Alert

The individual pictured here has been plaguing the community by jumping in front of moving cars and claiming to be hurt. He then tries to settle with the driver, to keep the police out of the picture. He is a known scam artist and usually nets between $50-$250 per incident. Don’t be afraid of calling 911. Also, make sure to call the Flatbush Shomrim hotline at 718 338 9797. The local precincts have been alerted to this scam.

NYC Councilman Kalman Yeger Honors
the Magen David Yeshiva Varsity Basketball Team

On Friday, April 13th, New York City Councilman Kalman Yeger presented official NYC Council citations to the varsity basketball team of Magen David Yeshiva in honor of their perfect 17-0 season. The Warriors were led by Coaches Ike Dweck, Benny Mann, Leo Esses, and Jack Doueck. Councilman Yeger presented citations to each of the Magen David Warriors, whose dedication and athletic prowess were absolutely crucial to this historic accomplishment.

New York’s New 2018-19 Budget
a Major Win for Nonpublic Schools

New York State’s new budget, passed on March 31, 2018, includes an unprecedented $15 million for nonpublic schools STEM reimbursement program. This program, championed by Teach NYS, of the Orthodox Union’s Teach Advocacy network, will
increase funding for STEM instruction in nonpublic schools by
$10 million, a 200-percent increase over last year’s allocation.

“The growth of the STEM program in this budget reflects the value that Albany places on our schools,” said Neil Cohen, Teach NYS
co-chairman. “Our nonpublic schools are an economic driver for
New York State, and this funding increase will help us ensure our students have access to the education they need now to contribute
to the economy of the future.”

Teach NYS mobilizes grassroots activists, lay leaders, teachers, community leaders, and students to meet with elected officials and directly advocate for legislation that will help offset and mitigate the tuition crisis plaguing nonpublic schools, including many Jewish day schools andyeshivas.

“We thank our partners in advocacy, including Agudath Israel of America, the New York State Catholic Conference and the UJA Federation of New York for working us on behalf of all of New York State’s nonpublic schools.” said Maury Litwack, Director, Teach NYS.

Pre-Passover NYPD-Clergy
Liaison Meeting

David Heskiel, NYPD clergy liaison, and Councilman Chaim Deutsch attended a pre-Passover special meeting on March 26th to discuss security and safety measures during the holiday for our synagogues andneighborhoods. The NYPD pledged extra patrols and additional security measures to be put in place during Passover, with undercover and visible patrols around the clock as well. Community leaders from across the city attended the meeting to show their support to the NYPD and to listen to any suggestions that they had regarding safety and security. The event was coordinated by Sergeant Moise Naolo from Community Affairs.

Longtime New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind
Retiring From Office

On April 25th, Longtime New York state Assemblyman Dov Hikind announced that he will not be running for re-election.

The announcement was part of a short video that looked back on Hikind’s 36 years in office representing Brooklyn’s 48thAssembly District, which includes Borough Park.

The 67-year-old Hikind grew up in Williamsburg and was first elected to the Assembly in 1983.

“I’ve had an opportunity to speak out against anti-Semitism and racism wherever it happens,” he said. “When you grow up in a home where your mother went to Auschwitz, and when my grandmother and other members of the family went straight to gas chambers, that’s real for me.”

And that may be what will define his tenure in public service, standing up for his community in every corner of the world where hate has reared its ugly face.

But Hikind, one of New York’s most influential Jewish lawmakers, was also no stranger to controversy, holding many conservative positions.

“Politically, I’m a Democrat,” he said. “But I support Republicans when the Republicans, I believe, will be better for our community and better for everyone.”

When asked what’s next for him, he says he can’t go into it yet, but it’s all related to Israel. He says he’s not going anywhere, and he certainly doesn’t sound like a man done with politics.

While he is not seeking elected office again at this time, his office says Hikind has no intention of retiring or giving up the fight.

“I am excited about my future, there is still so much to be done,” he said. “But before I can start the next chapter of my life, I intend to finish my term in the Assembly… I want to thank my constituents, my many friends and neighbors, for these extraordinary 36 years of having the honor to serve them. I thank my parents for instilling genuine Jewish values in me, andmy family, my wife Shani and my children, for making it possible to do what I do. But most of all I thank Gd for giving me the strength to allow me to make a difference. That’s what it’s all about, and that’s what I intend to continue doing, hopefully formany decades to come.”

Physical Therapy Practice
with a Clear Goal:
Make Our Seniors Safer

Falls are the most common injuries leading to death in the elderly population. “The rates of falling in the senior population are staggering,” says Dr. Daniel Rusinowitz, physical therapist and owner of NY Therapy & Wellness.

One out of every three adults over 65 will fall. Two out of every three of these adults will fall again within six months. “These numbers very scary. Anyone who has a parent or grandparent over the age of 65 should be aware of these statistics,” says Dr. Rusinowitz.

Not every fall can be prevented, but the chances of a fall occurring can be significantly reduced. “As most falls occur in the home, it was logical for us to offer our services to seniors in the homes. This allows us to identify potential risk factors and make necessary changes for the patient,” says Margo Rusinowitz, OTR/L, co-owner and wife of Dr. Daniel Rusinowitz.

Together Margo and Dr. Daniel Rusinowitz are on a mission to improve the safety and quality of life for the cherished seniors of our great community.

“A big misconception is that declining functioning in senior citizens is due to age and cannot be improved. We are here to tell you, that is false,” says Margo Rusinowitz. Seniors who participate in a supervised physical or occupational therapy program have been shown to reduce their risk for falls by increasing their strength, range of motion, and balance. Don’t wait until it’s too late.

“Everyone deserves a chance to live a full, high quality life. Some need more help thaan others, and that’s where we come in,” says Margo.

If you or a loved one would like to arrange PT or OT at home, NY Therapy & Wellness can be reached at 646-780-0926 or via email assistant@nytherapyandwellness.com. Their clinic location is located at 2579 Ocean Ave (Between Ave U & V) Brooklyn, NY 11229.

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Ahi Ezer Yeshivah Rejoices Over New Renovations, Active Student Learning, and its Yom
Ha’Azmaut Celebration

For generations, Ahi Ezer Yeshiva has epitomized educational excellence in our community as it tirelessly works to transmit our Sephardic heritage. This year, the building is undergoing exciting renovations. Cheerful colors, a clean atmosphere, an elegant lunchroom, a brand new library and a modernized science lab are just some of the changes that students are enjoying.The yeshivah extends a special thank you to school administrator Jesse Mizrachi and board members, Bunny Escava, Aslan Bawabeh, Albert Ayal, and Eli Levy for their support of this project.

As children enter the Ahi Ezer Early Childhood Center, they embark on a journey of discovery through the world of Torah and General Studies. The Early Childhood program prides itself on its commitment to student achievement. Highly skilled teachers provide an atmosphere that is conducive to developing a strong sense of self and that encourages each child to attain academic and social success. A multi-sensory approach to education spans all content areas: Math, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Life Skills. Each child is empowered and challenged to meet his or her individual potential and develop a solid foundation for learning.

In warm and nurturing classrooms, Ahi Ezer Yeshivah children are immersed in an integrated program of both Limudei Hol and Limudei Kodesh. The love of Torah is highly valued, as is tefillah, misvot, middot, haggim, and Sephardic customs. During free time, preschool children enjoy socializing and playing in the outdoor state-of-the-art playground as well as the indoor gym.

Recently, the yeshivah hosted a spectacular Yom Haatzmaut celebration. Delicious barbecue was enjoyed on the front patio amidst proudly flown Israeli banners and flags. The children danced and rejoiced with their teachers and their smiles said it all. The school looks forward to its next special occasion!

Yeshivah of Flatbush High School Student Esther Harary Recognized in Congressional Art Competition

A big congratulations to Esther Harary, a Yeshivah of Flatbush High School student who was one of twenty-three runner-ups in a Congressional Art Competition. Her artwork will hang on the wall in Congressman Don Donovan’s office. The submissions were judged at a college in Staten Island and evaluated for visual impact, creativity, design and craftsmanship. Judges noted the passion that went into each painting, collage, and photograph and how difficult decisions were to reach. Esther, who took a selfie with Congressman Dan Donovan after receiving her award, should be very proud of her accomplishment!

Chief Justice Richard Bernstein Astounds Students at Hillel Yeshiva

Every morning, observant Jews all over the world begin their prayers by thanking Gd for their ability to see. Because Richard Bernstein has been blind from birth, he cannot include this part of the liturgy in his morning recitations. Richard, can, however, express his gratitude for having been able to build a vibrant and productive life. During his 41 years, he has filled his resume with jaw-dropping accomplishments: Richard is a triathlete, a lawyer,and a Michigan State Supreme Court Justice!

Because of his astounding story, The SAFE Foundation’s Project SAFE School Program brought Richard Bernstein to address close to 200 high school students at Hillel Yeshiva.

Richard spoke of the way society has changed in its treatment of those with disabilities. Fifty years ago, he said, those with disabilities were isolated, but now their strengths are integrated and valued in the workforce. He stated, “Last November, unequivocally, and with great enthusiasm, the state of Michigan showed that they want a severely disabled person not just to work amongst them, but to be their Supreme Court Justice and make decisions that are going to ultimately effect the rights they have and how they live.”

Richard believes his nomination shows that the people trust in someone who can understand struggle.

While he is a seasoned athlete, one of Richard’s main messages is that our physical bodies are delicate and are subject to breaking down, but our spirits can overcome those limitations and soar.

If you or someone you know needs help, please call our confidential, toll-free hotline, 24/7
at 1-866-569-SAFE (1-866-569-7233).

Good News for Commuters!

Beginning this summer, the F express train will be returning to Brooklyn! When theprogram is fully implemented in Fall 2017, F express service will run during every weekday rush hour from
Jay Street-MetroTech to Church Avenue in both directions. This will save riders in our neighborhoods as much as 15 minutes on their daily commutes.

The F is the longest local line in the entire city, with a commute time of well over an hour just to get to Manhattan for many people. Restoring this F express service is a first step toward addressing that problem and restoring transit equity to southern Brooklyn.

Readers can thank Councilman David Greenfield for this new development! Those who have questions about the F express, can call his office at (718) 853-2704.

Israel Guard Provides a Safe, Secure, and Perfect Vacation

Given the heightened securityrisks in the region, many people hesitate to use a GPS in Israel to navigate to unfamiliar destinations. Consider an alternative! Israel Guard provides professionally trained, English-speaking, courteous guards as escorts during your stay. They will respect your privacy at an affordable rate so you can maximize your time in Israel without ever feeling anxiety. Whether you require a guard for one day or for a full trip, Israel Guard is up to the task.

The company was established in order to fulfill the needs of individuals and families amidst these turbulent times. Its mission is to provide clients with the highest level of personal and professional security services.

Israel Guard is the brainchild of Efraim Fink of Teaneck, New Jersey. It all began duringa family trip to Israel to celebrate the Bar Mitzvah of Efraim’s son at the Kotel. The celebratory ten-day trip had been planned with meticulous attention to every detail. An exciting, enlightening and spiritually enriching itinerary had been forged, featuring visits to Israel’s   holy and historical sites.

Yet despite his great joy and nachat, Efraim realized something was amiss. With ever increasing vigilance and growing concern, he found himself looking around and studying his surroundings, hoping to keep his family out of harm’s way, lest danger be lurking nearby. Compounding Efraim’s fears for his family’s safety were the newspapers he read daily, describing in detail yet another act of terror. Realizing it was incumbent for him to take responsibilityfor his family’s safety and well-being, Efraim sought a solution to his travel safety concerns. Thus the concept of Israel Guard was born.

Spurred to action, Efraim returned to Israel and researched the available options. Much to his surprise, he discovered very few that existed. Ultimately, he was able to sign a contract with the largest security provider in Israel, the same provider that handles security for Israeli diplomats. They agreed to open a new service, providing security to visiting Americans.

Now people can visit Israel and enjoy peace of mind, secure in the knowledge that, with Hashem’s help, they and their loved ones will be well protected. Each Israel Guard  is a consummate professional. Fully trained and licensed, they can also serve in the capacity of driver.

For further information please call 888.870.0004 or email info@israelguard.com.

Lottie’s Kitchen:
Providing Badly-Needed Nourishment to Patients and their Families

Hospitals are filled with family members who have suddenly been catapulted out of their comfort zone and thrust into a nightmare of fear. They spend hours with their loved one, the patient, never even noticing their own needs. Until Lottie’s Kitchen interrupts the proceedings. A sympathetic volunteer arrives at the door bearing a mouth-watering, hot meal. The caregiver, who hadn’t even realized until that moment that he was fasting, is revived like a drooping flower after a heavy rain. Revitalized now, the family member is able to, once again, care for the patient who is depending on him.

One evening, Yaakov receives a routine call asking for a contribution to Ezer Mizion’s Lottie’s Kitchen. As usual, he gives a large donation and promptly forgets about the call – until the next day, when his son takes a tumble. Ambulance sirens. A scary X-ray machine. And finally the doctor’s serious face. The leg is badly broken. Lunch? Supper? These are not on Yaakov’s radar at all – until a Lottie’s Kitchen volunteer brings him a meal and he begins to cry. “I just gave a donation last night. But I never realized what it meant to be alone in the hospital, scared and weak with hunger. It’s really true that everything you do comes back to you. It’s really true!”

Two other sets of parents look on in wonder.

“Were the meals ordered from a take-out place?” they whisper to each other.

“They’re so nice looking. Probably expensive.”

“You’re so worn out. Maybe we can get one just for you.”

“We have so many medical expenses now. We can’t afford it.”

To the couples’ astonishment, meals magically appear for them, too, and their names are added to the daily Lottie’s Kitchen roster.

“Magic” doesn’t really happen magically. It happens because of all of you who have supported Lottie’s Kitchen. Each year, 81,600 hot meals, 83,200 sandwiches and 13,000 slices of cake are delivered to hospital wards, ERs and patients’ homes. Our files are filled with thank-you notes that rightly belong to you. Each year, thousands say, “We never could have made it through without Lottie’s Kitchen.”

This year’s event will be held on July 7 at the exquisite home of Frieda & Joey Franco. See you there!

For further info: 718 853 8400      www.ezermizion.org

5225 New Utrecht Ave, Bk NY 11219

 

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