COMMUNITY HIGHLIGHTS

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.”

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Sephardic Roots Fair Brings Student Ancestry to Life

Wednesday May 25th was a very exciting and fun-filled morning at Tichon Bnot Rachel High School. Under the leadership of Rabbi S. Maslaton, the freshman students organized and prepared an elaborate Sephardic Roots fair to complement their Sephardic Roots course. At the fair, the students applied the material they were taught throughout the year and literally “brought it to life.”

According to the Principal, Mrs. Leah Diskind, the Sephardic Roots course covers the background and history of our illustrious Middle-Eastern communities, highlighting our heritage as well as the Sephardic hachamimthroughout the ages. Through this course, the students gain a newfound appreciation of the culture of their ancestors.

Before the fair, the Sephardic Roots teacher, Mrs. Monique Mezrahi, divided the students into groups and assigned a different country for each to explore. They navigated through books, family interviews and grandparents’ closets, and watched their hard work blossom into magnificent displays. Mary Turkieh and Eden Kabariti produced a beautiful slide show depicting the various countries over time.

One particular student, Maya Attar, enthusiastically exclaimed that she is a direct descendant of the Ohr Hachaim Hakadosh, Rabbi Chaim Ben Attar. “It was so amazing learning about my roots! I never realized that I have so much to be proud of,” said Maya. Comments like this were heard over and over again from students at every grade level as they viewed the beautiful displays and, with much pride, added many of theirown family’s legends.

SBH Honors Shaare Torah’s 6th Grade Boys

This past June, Sephardic Bikkur Holim presented Shaare Torah’s 6th grade boys with a well-deserved award. Committing a tremendous hesed,they raised money for a Bar Mitzvah boy in need. Because of their efforts, the Bar Mitzvah boy was able to buy a new pair of tefillin and have a wonderful Bar Mitzvah party. Hazuk U’Baruchto these boys for the initiative they showed!

Car Thief on the Loose

The man pictured here has allegedly been stealing from unlocked cars parked throughout the lower east streets of Brooklyn. In at least one case, he was seen stealing an actual car as well. Though his actions have been captured on security cameras, it is believed that he remains at large and continues to target unlocked cars, packages left on doorsteps, bicycles, and other neighborhood valuables. Anyone with information about this suspect should contact the 61st precinct (718) 627-6611 and Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

We remind all of our readers to keep their car doors locked at all times – even during daylight hours – and refrain from keeping valuables in their cars. Taking such precautions will Gd willing prevent more crime like this from happening in the future.

Gedolei Admorim and Rabbanim Attend Dirshu Siyumim on Seder Nashim in Brooklyn

At the Ateres Chynka Hall in Brooklyn, a massive crowd celebrated the Dirshu siyumon Seder Nashimin the Daf Yomi cycle. The highlight of the event was thehadrandelivered by the Sanz-Klausenberger Rebbe, shlit”a, followed by Kaddish recited by the Skulener Rebbe, shlit”a. His appearance was a rare treat and provided tremendous hizukto those in attendance. In the hadranhe praised the many b’nei Torah learning throughout America in spite of our galut. Guest speaker Rav Moshe Weinberger reiterated his feelings. “I feel small in front of the talmidei hachamimin this room who have invested so much toil and effort into their learning,” he said. HaRav Dovid Olewski, shlit”a, the Gerer Rosh Yeshiva, highlighted the domino effect that such learning has on a family. The hundreds of Dirshu wives in attendance were praised for sacrificing time with their husbands and transmitting a love of Torah to their children.

During the siyum, the memories of two women who showed tremendous mesirat nefeshduring the Holocaust were honored. They were the mother of Rav Leibish Langer of Yeshiva Darchei Torah and the mother of Rav Hofstedter, cousins who survived Auschwitz and the death march all because they’d saved their rations from Pesach rather than eat hametz. Together they ran from the line and escaped to the forest, where the Americans liberated them two days later. Rav Hofstedter exclaimed, “We are only here tonight at this siyumin the zechutof the mesirat nefeshof these two women.”

On Monday Rosh Hodesh Sivan, hundreds of lomdeiDirshu from Monsey and Shikun Skver gathered for a beautiful siyumand seudat mitzvah. Drashot were given by HaRav Avrohom Schorr, shlit”a, Rav of Kehal Tiferes Yaakov of Flatbush, HaRavZev Smith, shlit”a, Maggid Shiur Irgun Shiurei Torah and Rav Dovid Hofstedter, NasiDirshu.

MDY HS Students Attend
Rally at the United Nations

On Tuesday, May 31st, Magen David Yeshivah High School students attended an anti-BDS Summit at the United Nations. They heard from Danny Danon, Israeli ambassador to the UN, Ronald Lauder, CEO of World Jewish Congress, and Elyakim Rubenstein, Justice of the Israeli Supreme Court. They heard, too, from Son of Hamas, Mosab Youssef Hassan, who helped Israel prevent many suicide bombings. Finally, they listened to a speech by Danny Birnbaum, the CEO of Soda Stream, who encouraged the students to build bridges not boycotts. Matisyahu – who was once told he could not perform in Spain because he supports Israel – gave a meaningful concert. It was an uplifting day where Jews from around the world came together to be a source of support for each other in the fight against BDS and anti-Semitism.

Moisha’s Meat Department, Soon to Launch New Website, Accommodates Deal Delivery for Customers

Moisha’s Meat Department will continue to service customers heading to the Jersey Shore for the summer. They will be delivering to Deal, NJ three times a week in addition to the free home delivery they already offer in Brooklyn. Soon, customers will able to place their orders online on their new state-of-the-art website – and the options are endless! Moisha’s has a large selection of Bet Yosef meat under the strict supervision of Rabbi Moshe Cohen from the BYL. They also stock a full line of spring lamb, cuts of fresh veal, organic chicken and turkey, and special cuts like prime rib roast, flaken, surprise steak and fillet mignon. Customers with no time tocook can choose from an array of oven-ready items perfect for their next summer barbecue. Everything from kabobs and sliders to corned beef and baby chicken are available for purchase. As the seasons change and the weather warms, Moisha’s will be grantingweekly specials on top of their every day low prices. Their managers look forward to serving the community personally. Those in need of assistance can call the store at 718-336-7563 extension 4, and ask to speak to Shia or Chaim.

Volleyball Champions! Shulamith School for Girls Wins Again

Congratulations to Shulamith School for Girls, who have won the high school Volleyball Championship four years in a row!  They had an incredible, undefeated season thanks to the leadership of CoachDalia Paris. Next year, with Miriam Halabani as Captain, B”H, Shulamith hopes to continue its great success.

Gesher Yehuda’s Bake Sale
is a Huge Success

On May 12th2016, Gesher Yehuda held its Annual Bake Sale and Chinese Auction at the home of Sari and Sammy Sutton. The beautiful event took place on Yom Haatazmautand had a fitting Israeli market theme.

The Bake Sale Committee, consisting of Annie Abadi, Stacie Cabasso, Eliane Chattah, Rebecca Harary, Rebecca Maleh, Shirley Mansour, Susan Salame, MargieSarway, Marjorie Sitt, Claudie Setton, and Pauline Wahba, worked tirelessly for the sake of the yeshivah. They spearheaded a lovely day: Lunch was cooked and displayed by volunteers, Rabbi David Ashear spoke in the morning and a healthy Israeli cooking demonstration by Paulina Ashkenazi (‘Holy Kale’) followed. Parents, staff, alumni and supporters of both Gesher Yehuda Yeshivah and Yeshivah Prep High School visited throughout the day.

Simultaneously, Gesher Yehuda students were having their own Yom Hatzamautcelebrations. First thing in the morning, the children walked into a school fully decorated in blue and white. They enjoyed an Israeli lunch of Falafel and Israeli salad, and ended the day by choosing from their very own ice cream truck. The ice cream,of course, had blue and white sprinkles. The festivities came a day after Yom Hazikaron(Israeli Remembrance Day) when the children stood for moments in silence while the alarm rang in remembrance of all those who were lost.

As this exciting month continued, Lag B’Omer was celebrated with a day at the park. Grades 1st– 7thenjoyed relay races while the kindergarten spent the morning in the park playground. All arrived back to the school for a delicious BBQ lunch prepared by the 8thgraders.

Gesher Yehuda thanks everyone who helped out with these events. They were truly a team effort!

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