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Wave of Hate Crimes against Jews in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg Area

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Two violent anti-Semites attacked a 65-year-old Jew in Williamsburg, Brooklyn Monday night in the latest of a wave of hate crimes, CBS-New York reported.

The attackers were teenagers, one of them a girl. They punched the man in the face, leaving him with bleeding while they laughed. A neighbor told CBS that he heard the victim’s screams and ran to help, when the attackers fled.

Late Sunday night, a young Orthodox Jew was hit in the head with a glass bottle, and in another incident, surveillance cameras showed two Hareidi Jews being struck by paintballs. Several minutes later, a paintball hit another Jew.

Police said that the paintball and glass bottle attacks were not linked.

Rabbi David Niederman of the United Jewish Organization of Williamsburg told CBS:

Basically people start thinking, ‘Can I allow my child to be out even during the day?’ And even adults, at night it’s scary.

No kidding?

It is questionable if anti-Semitism really is not on the rise in the United States. It really is the same as it was 100 years ago, but more overt instead of covert.

Anti-Semitic Crime Spikes in New York City

Saturday, June 13th, 2015

New York City officials and the Anti-Defamation League are expressing concern over a sharp rise in anti-Semitic incidents in the Big Apple.

There were 53 incidents of anti-Semitic grafitti and similar types of vandalism from January through May of this year, according to ADL spokesperson Etzion Neuer.

The figure is a 29 percent increase over the 41 incidents seen during the same period in 2014.

“That’s a significant rise,” Neuer told Channel 7’s Eyewitness News on Friday.

Local residents agree. “I think this is a pattern that we saw in the 1930s and I think it is repeating itself,” a Brooklyn resident said.

Although there has been no real rise in the number of violent anti-Semitic crimes, there was a 14 percent spike in anti-Semitic incidents in 2014.

“We need to be aware of it,” a member of the Jewish community in Brooklyn’s Marine Park neighborhood told JewishPress.com. “It is not something to panic about, but we need to be aware.”

Time-lapse Movie of One World Trade Center Construction

Friday, May 29th, 2015

In recognition of the opening of One World Observatory in New York City, EarthCam released a special edition of their One World Trade Center video. It shows the completion of construction from October 2004 to Memorial Day 2015.

Hundreds of thousands of high definition images were captured over the past 11 years and hand-edited for this exclusive time-lapse movie.

Leading Israeli Athletes, Artists, and Innovators Join Celebrate Israel Festival

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

The Celebrate Israel Festival on May 31 at Pier 94, slated to be the largest gathering to date of Israeli-Americans in New York, a wide array of notable Israelis have confirmed their participation, from some of the country’s greatest basketball stars to representatives of several of its most successful start-ups.

Presiding over the basketball court at Pier 94 will be the six-time European and 51-time Israeli league champions, Maccabi Tel Aviv, represented by their legendary players Derrick Sharp, the 15-year Maccabi Tel Aviv veteran and former member of Israel’s national basketball team, and David Blu, considered one of the best Jewish players of all time, with two Euroleague and five Israeli league championships under his belt. Sharp and Blu will host a fast-paced clinic, as well as a two-on-two tournament and a slam-dunk contest for festival-goers of all ages.

Keeping with the athletic theme, the festival’s organizer, the Israeli-American Council (IAC), has engaged Israeli TV star and current sports columnist for the Israeli newspaper Calcalist, Becky Griffin will serve as the event’s host. The daughter of legendary Israeli and Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball star Bob Griffin, Becky started her career as a reporter for Israel’s Sports Channel before moving to London to work as a VJ at MTV Europe.

In partnership with the Consulate General of Israel in New York, the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC-NY), and the UJA Federation of New York, the Festival will take place on May 31 at Pier 94 from 2:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m immediately following the annual Celebrate Israel Parade, as an anchor event in a marathon day of events celebrating Israeli culture.

“I am thrilled to be returning once again as the Celebrate Israel Parade correspondent, and am especially excited this year to serve as the first-ever Celebrate Israel Festival Master of Ceremonies,” said Griffin. “I’m a proud Israeli-American, and I can’t wait for the rest of New York to experience the vibrant and warm Israeli culture that I’ve always known and loved.”

Before the Festival’s headliners, Israeli superstar Rita and Rinat Gabay, Israel’s most beloved children’s entertainer, take the stage, Ambassador Ido Aharoni, Consul General of Israel in New York, will open the official ceremony. In addition, on the Blue Note sponsored stage, some of Israel’s finest jazz musicians will be performing, including singer-songwriter Mika Hary and guitarists Nadav Remez, Yotam Silberstein, and Dida Pelled

Those craving more cerebral pleasures will discover them in the Festival’s Tech Pavilion, where a number of technology innovators will showcase their work. Participating in the pavilion are a host of up-and-coming start-ups like Farmigo, a technology company that connects communities to local produce, as well as more established enterprises like Gett, a leader in the on-demand black car industry.

Reflecting the Festival’s diversity and commitment to Israel’s multicultural nature, the Festival’s food court will feature everything from the gourmet breaded chicken cutlets of the Schnitzel Truck to the Mediterranean delicacies of the Shakshuka Truck, with sushi from Sushi Tokyo and frozen yogurt from 16 Handles thrown in for good measure. In addition Tabor and Montefiore wineries, leaders in Israel’s respected wine industry, will be offering tastings of their wines.

“As Israelis living in New York, we know very well just how rich and layered Israeli culture truly is,” said Yehudit Feinstein-Mentesh, the IAC’s New York Regional Director. “For one magical afternoon, we’re thrilled to bring all that richness to New York, and paint the Big Apple blue-and-white for a day.”

The Festival will also include dozens of activities geared towards anyone from young professionals to families, including a petting zoo, a graffiti wall, and a Krav Maga martial arts academy; a singles bar; and plenty of opportunities to experience Israeli food, arts, sports, technology, and culture. Tickets can be purchased online for $5 for children and $10 for adults here.

‘Baltimore, We’ve Got Your Back’ in New York

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

A scheduled “peaceful” demonstration of “support” for the family of the late Freddie Gray in New York City’s Union Square on Wednesday morphed into a flood in the street of marching protesters chanting, “We’ve got your back, Baltimore.”

But New York’s Finest were ahead of them, having prepared hours earlier for the event.

Police even distributed flyers at the demonstration warning they would arrest protesters who walked in the streets instead of on the sidewalks and tried to block traffic or other wise disrupt the daily life of the city.

Within the hour, NYPD officers were arresting protesters who poured into the streets of the city, refusing to stay within the designated areas and instead insisting on marching down the streets and blocking traffic.

Unlike the tolerance allowed to protesters after the Eric Garner death in Staten Island, NYPD officers immediately arrested those who stepped into the street. They also set up mesh fences along the curbs of both sides of the streets to keep the mobs from stepping off the sidewalks.

Protesters also reportedly marched in Boston, Washington and other cities across the U.S., according to numerous media.

Hillary Clinton Leases Brooklyn Heights Office for Campaign HQ

Sunday, April 5th, 2015

The Democratic campaign machine is starting to crank itself up at last, as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton prepares to join the race for the White House.

Clinton has just signed a lease in downtown Brooklyn to open a campaign headquarters at 1 Pierrepont Plaza in Brooklyn Heights.

It’s a fancy location but not too fancy; hip but not snobby and also very accessible, located near 12 subway lines and as many bus lines.

A central spot,reachable by the 90 different ethnic groups that comprise the borough, New York City’s largest.

The campaign leased two floors of the building, which is located across the street from the offices of the U.S. Attorney of the Eastern District of NY, Politico reported this weekend.

The move also signifies that the Democratic contender for the presidential race is ready to announce: the Federal Election Commission allows 15 days between the start of a candidate’s official campaign activities and filing of paperwork for the 2016 run.

Brooklyn Family Killed in Shabbat Fire

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

A Brooklyn family in Midwood was destroyed when a fire ripped through their home early Saturday morning.

The fire was described as the deadliest fire in New York City in eight years.

As the family slept, a fire began the kitchen, apparently from a malfunctioning “blech”, an electric hot plate.

As Orthodox Jews do not cook on Shabbat, various other solutions are used to keep food warm throughout the Shabbat, such as specially designed electric hotplates.

Smoke and fire raced up to the second floor of the house on 3371 Bedford Avenue between Avenue L and M.

The fire department believes that smoke detectors may not have been installed on the first and second floors, though a smoke detector was found in the basement.

The Sassoon family members who were killed were identified as Eliane, 16; Rivkah, 11; David, 12; Yehoshua, 10; Moshe, 8; Sara, 6; Yaakov, 5.

The mother, Gayle Sassoon, 45, and her 14-year-old daughter, Tzipora, survived by jumping out a window, and are currently hospitalized with burns.

The fire department arrived within minutes and fought their way through the fire getting the children out and to the hospital, but they didn’t survive.

The father was not home at the time, and neighbors believe he is currently at a conference.

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