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Historic Upper West Side Conservative Synagogue Going Condo

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

Congregation Shaare Zedek, an egalitarian Conservative congregation at 212 West 93rd Street in Manhattan’s Upper West Side, is planning to tear down their 93-year-old building, in order to keep the congregation alive. Back in October, Shaare Zedek President Michael Firestone told a community board 7 meeting that the congregation had already signed a contract with a developer, who will build a condo building in which Shaare Zedek will own three floors.

Apparently, Congregation Shaare Zedek just can’t keep up with mounting costs. Firestone says the building is too big and expensive — with a capacity for 1,000 worshipers, the congregation only has about 80 families. In addition, they own and maintain the Shaare Zedek cemetery in Queens, to the tune of $80,000 a year. Firestone told News1 NY the sale would allow the congregation to fund its operations, including the cemetery, indefinitely.

“The synagogue will own the first three stories of the condominium, which will be a modern social hall, a modern sanctuary,” Firestone said.

The move does not sit well with the old synagogue’s neighbors, who hate losing this neighborhood fixture that’s been there since 1923, and are worried about the environmental effect of the new condo building. Some of them have filed a Request for Evaluation (RFE) with the Landmark Preservation Commission, as an emergency measure to prevent the sale. But, so far, the city has no plans to landmark the building.

Former Shaare Zedek president Roz Paaswell told DNAinfo the building is not as important as the congregation. “In Judaism buildings aren’t so important, they are places that we use… but we move, we move a lot,” she said.


Jerusalem in a Time of Love and Terrorism

Monday, December 28th, 2015

I’m back in Israel, it’s only been a week, and we’ve already had two near misses with terrorist attacks, and one sublime experience with emergency health care in Jerusalem.

First, the less important, the near misses.

The first happened on Shabbat, fifteen minutes after my 20-year-old daughter passed through the Jaffa Gate and into the Old City to attend the bar mitzvah of the child of a friend. An Arab was following a group of tourists. Israeli police officers noticed something suspicious, and called to the Arab to approach them. He did, but pulled a knife as he did so. The officers fired, the man with the knife went down, but got up again, knife still drawn. This time when the officers fired at him, the terrorist stayed down. He was dead.

The second happened Sunday morning, just behind the Central Jerusalem Bus Station (the Takhana). An Arab terrorist stabbed a 21 year-old Israeli soldier. Two hours earlier, my husband dropped off our son, an IDF soldier, at the front of the Takhana, so he could return to his base.

And now the heart-warming story, the one that melts the fears and reveals why we feel so at home, so right, in Israel, even during this period of increased terrorism.

The morning after we arrived in Israel a phone alarm went off in what seemed like the middle of the night – it was pitch black. My husband, “J,” stumbled down the unfamiliar stairs of the apartment we rented, and turned off the alarm. Just after he returned to bed, another alarm rang. This time, after he turned off the alarm, J went to go up the stairs but missed by a few feet and, instead, tumbled down the wrong staircase.

J landed in a tangle at the bottom of the sharp, stone steps. In a pool of blood. There was a lot of blood. Luckily, it was still pitch dark so it didn’t register how much blood there was. Either that, or we were both in shock. By the time the sun came up, however, it was clear the wound would require stitches to remain closed.

J first went to the local clinic, where he was immediately told he had to go to the hospital – they weren’t prepared for such a serious injury. And so J took a taxi to Sha’arei Tzedek hospital, a fifteen minute drive away.

The wound was a gaping, bloody one just below J’s knee. It had to be attended to, J was told, by an orthopedic surgeon. But because it was a clean cut from a sharp stone edge and not, for example, a machete, and because he was conscious and lucid, J remained for hours at the back of the ever-growing Emergency Room line. This was good for two reasons. One, it meant he had to remain in a seated (or prone) position for hours, which helped the healing process. And two, it allowed him a glimpse into an aspect of Jerusalem that he otherwise would never see, and one that is rarely shared publicly.

First observation: the Red Crescent ambulances arrive in exactly the same fashion as do the Magen David ambulances, and the medics and patients from the first set of ambulances are treated exactly the same as are the ones from the second set.

Second observation: Arabic and Hebrew are heard (as is Russian, French and several other undistinguishable but wholly separate languages) as part of the general din of pain and succor, wailing and comfort.

A young sad-looking Arab boy sat with his mother and father; they were attended to by Arabic speaking health professionals. The same with English speakers in the room.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

‘Significant Progress’ in Terror Victims’ Medical Condition

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Thursday morning (Oct. 29) brought with it good news for those concerned about the victims of Arab terror attacks this week who are hospitalized in Jerusalem.

Doctors at Shaare Zedek Medical Center are reporting improvement in the condition of victims who arrived Wednesday Oct. 28 after an Arab terror attack in Gush Etzion.

The surgery to remove a knife embedded in a victim’s spinal cord was successful; the patient remains hospitalized in the intensive care unit but is not sedated and is not on a respirator.

The condition of four wounded soldiers has also improved, all of whom are hospitalized at Shaare Zedek as well. All are making good progress, doctors said.

Gilad, the wounded soldier from Beit Anoun, has regained consciousness and has begun to communicate with loved ones and slowly become aware of his surroundings.

Hana Levi Julian

Hadassah Doctors Accuse Shaare Zedek of Malpractice in Treating Terror Victim

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

(JNi.media) The struggle between Hadassah and Shaare Zedek hospitals has switched to a high gear after the victim of a recent terror attack in critical condition had been transferred from Shaare Zedek to Hadassah for treatment, Israel Army Radio reported Sunday. In Hadassah, some senior doctors treating the victim raised very serious allegations about the treatment he received at Shaare Zedek. According to one of the complaining doctors, the patient had undergone un-professional procedures that caused him irreparable brain damage which could have been prevented.

Hadassah doctors also claimed that at Shaare Zedek there are no neurosurgeons, and they pin the reason for not transferring the patient, a policeman, to Hadassah in the first place was because of the competition between the two hospitals.

The Health Ministry reassured Army Radio that the professional conduct at Shaare Zedek Medical Center is the best by any standards, and that the trauma unit at the hospital is one of the best in the country.

The Hadassah administration has not issued an official response to the story, while at Shaare Zedek there was angry reaction to the accusations. According to officials there, this contention is baseless and false, and is rooted in the image war between the two facilities, with Hadassah attempting to tarnish the Shaare Zedek treatment reputation compared to Hadassah.

Shaare Zedek officials added that in fact they fight for the life of every patient, and the truth is precisely the opposite — that if the same wounded policeman had it arrived at Hadassah they woud have declared him DOA and opting not to fight for his life to the end, the way the Shaare Zedek trauma room had done.

The ongoing prestige war between the two facilities found another expression in their struggle over who would treat Jerusalem Old City terror victims Adele Bennett and her son Nathan. Mother and son were initially evacuated each to a different hospital, and even when it had been decided that they should be united and be treated under the same roof together, the two facilities continued to debate for days where should be hosted, until it was finally decided to transfer Nathan from Shaare Zedek to Hadassah.

In another case, Hadassah has claimed that Shaare Zedek treated a stabbing victim with a disability, when Hadassah employs an in-house expert who specializes in treating this specific injury. Hadassah has argued that Shaare Zedek refused to move to the injured to their care. But Shaare Zedek told Army Radio that in that case the most professional decision came from an expert from the Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv, who believed they should wait with the surgery planned for that victim, and so he was released from the hospital.

Obviously, the fact that these minor professional skirmishes are being waged while a real terror war is going on does not help patient care.


Jerusalem Bus Station Stabber a Convicted Arab Terrorist

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

The terrorist who stabbed a 72-year-old woman near the Jerusalem Central Bus Station early Wednesday evening was a resident of the city’s eastern Arab neighborhood of Ras el Amud, according to the Shin Bet, Israel’s Security Agency.

Ahmad Sha’aban, 23, was a convicted felon who had served time in an Israeli prison from 2012 to 2015 for terrorist activity, the Shin Bet revealed.

Sha’aban was shot and killed by a special ops police officer who spotted him fleeing with the knife in his hand after he was blocked from following his victim on to the bus she was boarding.

The victim, who managed to get into a front seat with some assistance, maintained consciousness throughout her ordeal. She was treated at the scene by Magen David Adom medics and then rushed to Shaare Zedek Medical Center, where she is currently listed in fair condition.

According to a report broadcast on Galei Tzahal Army Radio, the Jerusalem municipality has announced it will equip its inspectors with specially padded vests to protect them from stabbing attacks.

Hana Levi Julian

Jerusalem Terror Victim in Critical Condition After Stabbing

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

A 25-year-old Jerusalem yeshiva student was stabbed in the neck Thursday around noontime by a 19-year-old Arab terrorist on Bar Lev Street near the Israel Police national headquarters.

The public is being asked to pray for Aron Moshe Chaim ben Chana, the Israeli student who is currently hospitalized in critical condition at Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center as a result of the attack.

The terrorist, a resident of an eastern Jerusalem Arab neighborhood, attempted to first grab the weapon of a nearby security officer, but failed to steal it. He then pulled a knife and stabbed the yeshiva student.

Video credit: Israel News Flash

Special forces who were on patrol in the area tackled the terrorist and took him into custody. A second person was injured during that struggle.

The attack took place at a Jerusalem Light Rail stop near Ammunition Hill, where approximately one year ago, an Arab terrorist also attacked Israelis who were standing at a Light Rail stop nearby.

Thursday’s victim was treated at the scene by Magen David Adom medics and then evacuated — with the knife still in his body — to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center. He was sedated and placed on a respirator, medics said.

The second victim was also treated for less serious wounds sustained during his struggle with the terrorist.

Light Rail service was temporarily suspended to allow security personnel to gather evidence at the site and conduct their investigation.

Service has been resumed.

Hana Levi Julian

Video: Furious Jews March Towards Old City, Demand Revenge

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

A mob of furious Jews marched in a protest towards the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem Saturday night at midnight, demanding vengeance for the Arab terrorist murder of two rabbis several hours earlier near the Lion’s Gate.

A 19-year-old Jerusalem Arab repeatedly stabbed and then shot the two rabbis, as well as the 22-year-old wife of one of the men, and their 2-year-old toddler, who sustained a gunshot wound to the leg. His mother is in serious condition at Shaare Zedek Medical Center. Her young daughter is badly traumatized but escaped physical injury.

Jews protested in various locations outside the Old City for hours after the attack as well.

Also in Jerusalem at midnight, Arabs were throwing stones and firebombs, and shooting fireworks at police at the Dung Gate entrance to the Old City as well.

Last Thursday Palestinian Arab terrorists murdered Rabbi Eitam Henkin and his wife Na’ama before the horrified eyes of their four children in a drive-by shooting on a Samaria road between the Jewish communities of Itamar and Elon Moreh.

The IDF and the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) arrested a number of suspects in the case in a complex joint operation in Shechem (Nablus) over the weekend and the investigation into that attack is continuing under gag order.

Hana Levi Julian

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