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Violence against Jews is reprehensible-but isolated attacks distract us from the bigger threats – Heritage Florida Jewish News

| December 7, 2019

NEW YORK (JTA)Although it hasnt yet been determined whether the brutal stabbing of a young father on his way to morning prayers in Ramapo, New York, was a an anti-Jewish hate crime, it was described by the local police chief as a vicious, violent attack and would certainly fit the ugly pattern of violence against identifiably Jewish Jews over recent months. Like the 64-year-old rabbi who was hit in the head with a brick while on his daily morning walk in Crown Heights. He was hospitalized with a broken nose, missing teeth, stitches on his head and lacerations on his body

State AG: Town is trying to keep Hasidic Jews out – Times Union

| December 7, 2019

State AG: Town is trying to keep Hasidic Jews out New York State Attorney General Letitia James is accusing a Hudson Valley town and county of "a concerted, systematic effort" to keep Hasidic Jewish families from moving into the town, where a developer says bias is blocking hundreds of planned homes. James filed legal papers Thursday seeking to join a developer's suit against Orange County and the town of Chester over the way they have handled a plan for a 431-home community in the town about 60 miles north of midtown Manhattan.

Roytenberg: Lending a helping hand to the Jews of Tanzania – Canadian Jewish News

| December 5, 2019

OnNov. 9, Shabbat Lech Lecha, a group of Jews assembled for prayer.

The Fray: Write-in count confirms election of first Palm Tree judges – Times Herald-Record

| December 1, 2019

The Town of Palm Tree appears to have its first elected judges: two lawyers from outside the Hasidic community whose names were written in at the Nov. 5 election with the endorsement of the Anash political party.

Secrets and lies: Scenes from the 1947 UN Partition Plan for Palestine – Haaretz

| November 30, 2019

Two states for two peoples, one state for both peoples or perhaps only a Jewish state or an Arab one? Behind the scenes of the Partition Plan the United Nations approved 72 years ago, which paved the way for Israels establishment, there was a lively trade in ideas and plans that were thrown into the ring but ultimately left on the cutting room floor of history. In this case, that floor is some 9,000 kilometers from Jerusalem, in the UN archive in New York.

Im A Black Jewish Convert. Ive Felt Excluded In Every Synagogue Ive Ever Been To – Forward

| November 27, 2019

My spiritual journey was a long and circuitous one.

Satmar grand rabbi gives $5 million to institutions refusing state money – The Jerusalem Post

| November 22, 2019

With great fanfare and amid a festive atmosphere, the grand rabbi of the Satmar hassidic dynasty, Rebbe Zalman Teitelbaum, distributed some $5 million on Wednesday night to approximately 150 institutions in Israel that do not receive funding from the state due to their anti-Zionist ideology.The rabbi was lauded by hundreds of his Hassidim as he entered the celebration hall to the sounds of rapturous music. He made his way up to the central platform to sit at the center of the ranks of leading rabbis from the Satmar community.A special new melody was composed for the occasion and put to the words of a song sung by a boys choir as the rabbi entered the hall.The Yiddish words of the song were taken from those of Satmars founding grand rabbi, explaining that when the messiah comes, he will point to the children who studied in institutions that did not take money from the State of Israel and say, These children helped bring the messiah.Teitelbaum is in Israel on a 10-day visit to meet and be greeted by his Hassidim, tour parts of the country, and to visit the Satmar communities in Israel, principally Jerusalem, Bnei Brak and Beit Shemesh.And of course, to distribute money.Teitelbaum distributed checks made out in shekels during the ceremony on Wednesday night called the Pure Shekel to the heads of the institutions selected to receive funding, who came up to the platform one by one to receive the money from the grand rabbi.The money, The Jerusalem Post was told, is wired from New York to Israel, and the checks are then made out individually to the receiving institutions, which include schools, yeshivas and kollels (talmudic seminaries for married men).The Satmar rebbe gives funds both to institutions belonging to the Satmar community, as well as those connected to the radical Eda Haredit association of various types of ultra-Orthodox and hassidic communities that have a similar anti-Zionist, isolationist ideology to that of Satmar.Of late, money is also given to the Jerusalem Faction, a radical splinter group from the mainstream, non-hassidic Lithuanian ultra-Orthodox community.SPEAKING TO the Post at the Pure Shekel event, Rabbi Moshe Friedman, a senior and highly trusted secretary to the visiting grand rabbi, said that the Satmar community believes that if you take money from the State of Israel then the community will inevitably be influenced by the state, and therefore Satmar declines any funding.So this is why we come to give support to the people here who are needy and dont take money from the state, he said.Asked whether the messiah can come as long as the State of Israel exists, Friedman said no, and that the Zionist state must end in some way before the messiah can come.We hope of course that it should not come about through war or suffering this is, of course, not something we want, he said.

I have been fighting for ultra-Orthodox students for nearly a decade. New York’s new regulations are vital for them. – JTA News

| November 22, 2019

NEW YORK (JTA) On our first date nearly nine years ago, my (now) husband resolved to improve Hasidic education. He had grown up in the Belz Hasidic community in Brooklyn, attending Belz schools from nursery through post-high school.

Isolated attacks on Jews distract us from the bigger threats – The Jerusalem Post

| November 22, 2019

NEW YORK Although it hasnt yet been determined whether the brutal stabbing of a young father on his way to morning prayers in Ramapo, New York, was a an anti-Jewish hate crime, it was described by the local police chief as a vicious, violent attack and would certainly fit the ugly pattern of violence against identifiably Jewish Jews over recent months.Like the 64-year-old rabbi who was hit in the head with a brick while on his daily morning walk in Crown Heights.

After staying while other congregations fled to Baltimore burbs, Beth Am synagogue celebrates $5.5M overhaul – Baltimore Sun

| November 19, 2019

At some point, we realized that being in the neighborhood was not sufficient, we needed to get involved in the neighborhood, Burg said. So, we started doing social action work, volunteerism at the local school, neighborhood cleaning efforts, collections for social charities. ...


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