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August 26, 2016 / 22 Av, 5776

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Chabad-Lubavitch Yeshiva Boys to Finish Rabbinic Studies Before Military Service

Friday, August 12th, 2016

After four years of discussion an agreement on IDF military service appears to be on the verge of being signed between the IDF and the Chabad-Lubavitch Chassidic movement.

The agreement marks a new arrangement for the young men who turn 18 and typically go on to learn in “kvutza,” the movement’s rabbinic studies program at Chabad Lubavitch World Headquarters in Brooklyn New York.

According to the new agreement, reported on the Voice of Heritage, after the boys travel abroad to attend a two-year rabbinic studies program, they are to be allowed to complete studies in Israel for two more years. After that time, usually at age 24, they will be required to determine whether they will study Torah full-time, or enlist in a modified military program. Those who decide to continue rabbinic studies will be asked again at age 26.

The agreement will also apply to 300 students who are currently under threat because their status has not yet been determined.

Chabad-Lubavitch leaders have been discussing the complex issue of military service for rabbinic yeshiva students with the IDF since 2012.

Only 15 percent of hareidi religious Israeli men are to receive a permanent exemption from military service, according to a report in the Hadarei Hahareidim website, and those young men are expected to devote their lives exclusively to Torah learning. The remainder are expected to respond to draft notices and serve in the IDF.

Since November 2015, at least 36 Chabad yeshiva students have joined the Intelligence Corps and are currently service in IDF special cyber units.

Up to now, Chabad yeshiva students travel abroad to attend rabbinic studies in the movement’s yeshiva at 770 Eastern Parkway in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, New York, regardless of what else is going on.

“When it is time to go to kvutza, they go,” one Israeli Chabad mother told JewishPress.com, asking not to be identified. “It’s not that they don’t want to serve. But they have to finish their studies first. That’s the most important thing.”

Until the agreement is signed, students who continue to travel abroad and those already in the yeshiva will be considered draft dodgers. Upon their return to Israel they will be required to enlist in the IDF for military service.

Hana Levi Julian

Two Brooklyn City Pools Still Offering Women-Only Swimming

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Two public pools in Brooklyn will continue to offer women-only swimming hours, following a ruling by the city that it doesn’t constitute gender discrimination, News 1 reported.

The Commission on Human Rights reviewed the legality of separate swimming sessions intended to accommodate Orthodox Jewish women who otherwise would not use the pools, and decided to grant the exceptions.

The commission ruled that the Metropolitan Pool in Williamsburg and the St. John’s Recreation Center in Crown Heights will continue to offer limited hours once or twice a week, so Orthodox Jewish women may enjoy the pools without compromising their religious standards, which forbid bathing with men.

In man-on-the-street interviews, one New Yorker told News 1, “I’m kind of all for having a certain time in the day for women to swim and a certain time for men to swim and then another time for everybody to swim.”

But another New Yorker, less charitable, said, “They probably should get their own pool instead of making other people have to separate what is a public environment.”

The New York Civil Liberties Union called the ruling unfair. “It has all the earmarks of a religious exemption,” the executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union told the New York Times. “People have every right to go swimming in a gender-segregated environment pursuant to their religious beliefs, but not on the taxpayer dime.”

However, the Parks department said in a statement that the women-only hours also accommodate women who have a “history of domestic violence or abuse, history of sexual violence or abuse, body-consciousness concerns.”

David Israel

Jews Walk to Synagogue in NYC’s 2nd Biggest Blizzard in History

Sunday, January 24th, 2016

Jews in New York City had to walk to prayers Saturday night in the second biggest blizzard ever to hit the city.

In Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the Jewish Haztolah emergency team was able to keep one Jew from becoming a New York City statistic. There were three deaths directly related to snow-shoveling: one on Staten Island and two in Queens, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters at a briefing late Saturday.

At around 7:45 pm Saturday night, the 51-year-old man was clearing the snow from his car when he stopped breathing and went into cardiac arrest – but a bystander called Hatzolah.

Divine Providence intervened — and a Hatzolah volunteer happened to be standing only 50 feet away, also clearing his vehicle. He grabbed his equipment and raced over, calling for backup as he flew. Within seconds an ambulance arrived with paramedics and they whisked the man away – pulse restored – to a nearby hospital.

An emergency travel ban was imposed on New York City 6,000 miles of roads but is set to be lifted by 7 am ET.

More than two feet of snow fell on New York – and nearly everywhere else on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States over the weekend.

Nearly 7,000 flights have been cancelled in airports up and down the East Coast. Most of the approximately 4,500 cancellations on Saturday were at New York airports and those in the Washington DC area. Approximately 2,500 cancellations have come in for Sunday and the number is still rising. According to the FlightAware flight tracking service, cancellations have also started for Monday as well; hundreds of people had cancelled their flights by Saturday night. All major airlines issued waivers for the cancelled flights.

The travel ban on New York City streets imposed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo also applied to Nassau and Suffolk counties and took effect Saturday at 2:30 pm Saturday afternoon, prohibiting all but emergency vehicles from being on the road. “When the snowfall reaches a certain rate, the plows cannot keep up,” Cuomo told journalists.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said he was coordinating decisions with Cuomo. “We are making decisions regarding the roadways in the northern part of the state that lead into New York in conjunction with the governor,” Christie said.

By 4 pm Saturday, all outdoor subways in New York City had shut down due to the storm. Underground subway operations were to continue “as long as feasible,” De Blasio told reporters. Three hundred vehicles in New York City had been towed and there were 270 motor vehicle crashes in the city by midnight Saturday.

All the public libraries, zoos and major museums in New York City closed by 3 pm or earlier. Broadway shows were canceled. A Bruce Springsteen concert set for Sunday at Madison Square Garden was postponed.

Hana Levi Julian

Hatzolah Member Stabbed in Crown Heights, Bklyn – Motive Not Clear

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

A volunteer medic with the Hatzolah emergency medical response organization was knifed in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights section on Tuesday evening. The attacker escaped.

David Katz, 34, was stabbed in the back by a man who sneaked up and ambushed him from behind at around 8:20 pm on the corner of Eastern Parkway and Rogers Avenue.

The masked stabber who fled the scene was described as a six-foot-tall black male. It is not yet clear whether the attack was racially or simply criminally motivated, or had some connection to the radical Islamist attacks taking place in Israel in the current wave of terror.

Katz radioed fellow Hatzolah members for help. Those who responded treated the injured victim for stab wounds to the upper right side of his back before evacuating him to Kings County Hospital in serious but stable condition.

Investigators from the NYPD Intelligence Division & Counter-terrorism Bureau are working on the attack with the Hate Crimes Task Force and are scrutinizing CCTV footage from the area.

Crown Heights is a mixed-ethnic integrated community comprised of Chabad-Lubavitch Chassidic Jews, Carribean-American, African-American and Latin-American Jews.

Hana Levi Julian

Black Man Beats Up a Jew in Crown Heights

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

(JNi.media) An African American man, unprovoked, attacked a Jewish man who had been sitting on a bench on Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Tuesday at noon, Crownheights.info reported. According to the same report, the attacker was apprehended by the local Shomrim with the help of bystanders.

The assault took place on Eastern Parkway between Kingston and Albany Avenues. The Jewish man, in his 40’s, was talking on his cellphone when the black man “suddenly began pummeling him,” according to Crownheights.info.

Several bystanders immediately tried to capture the assailant, who was fleeing the scene, and finally stopped and took him down at the intersection of Eastern Parkway and Albany Avenue. A team of Shomrim volunteers arrived shortly thereafter and notified police.

The suspect admitted of his own free will that he had assaulted the Jewish man, explaining that he only recently “took crack.” The report suggests he, indeed, looked to be under the influence of drugs. Police officers took him into custody and said that they were taking him for psychiatric observation.

The victim declined medical attention, according to Crownheights.info.

JNi.Media

Israeli Chabad Yeshiva Students Firebombed in NYC

Sunday, October 11th, 2015

Two Chabad-Lubavitch yeshiva students were attacked in New York City this past Friday afternoon, COLlive reports.

The students were part of a group that had boarded a sbuway heading from Brooklyn into Manhattan to carry out weekly mitzvah assignments with Jewish business owners and others in the city.

Two 19-year-old students who requested anonymity told COLlive the attack occurred while they were walking on West 37th Street near Ninth Avenue.

A brother of one of the students said, “A firebomb was thrown at one of them. It exploded and there was fire. They were shocked. An Israeli woman was walking by and ran over to check if they were okay.

“Thank G-d, it missed them and landed on the pavement,” he added. “It was a male who had thrown it at them, but they were only able to see his back because he ran away. They didn’t hear him shout or say anything.”

This is the first reported attack on Jews or Israelis in New York since the start of the recent escalation in Arab terror in Israel.

The New York Police Department has accordingly raised security in Jewish neighborhoods. Residents in Crown Heights commented they were seeing more officers on patrol this past week than had been seen during the high holy days, COLlive noted.

Hana Levi Julian

Banners in Brooklyn: ‘Death to Israel, Death to the USA’

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Banners stretched across streets in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn read, ‘Death to Israel, Death to the USA’ but the activists who raised them are aiming at the White House.

A grassroots campaign is underway in the interracial neighborhood to urge Democratic Congresswoman Yvette Clarke to vote against the proposed Iranian nuclear deal.

Some 30 Crown Heights synagogues and community organizations emailed their members expressing deep concern with the deal.  The opponents hung several 20-ft banners across Kingston Ave, targeting the agreement.

One of the anti-Iran banners read “Death to Israel. Death to the USA,” a quote from Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in the days following the agreement.

Other banners read “Deal gives billions to terrorists.”

All the banners included Clarke’s phone number and asked community members to call her office and urge her to vote ‘NO!’

The Congresswoman represents the third-largest Jewish district in the country.

Approximately 25 percent of her district is Jewish, and includes the heavily Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods of Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Flatbush and Kensington.

An estimated 500 constituents have called the Congresswoman about the issue in the last 24 hours, according to a local source.

Social activist Yaacov Behrman, who helped coordinate the grassroots campaign, told Jewish Press.com, “Although she is under tremendous pressure from the White House to support the deal, still, I believe Yvette will vote against it. The congresswoman cares deeply about the safety and security of the United States and Israel.”

Hana Levi Julian

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