Depression and suicide rates among the ex-Chasidic community remain high. What needs to change?
In the end, the Internet couldn’t save her.
One week before jumping 20 stories in an apparent suicide late Monday evening, Faigy Mayer, a 30-year-old app developer and ex-chasid, penned an article about growing up in the insular, computer-starved community of Borough Park. She emailed the piece to a close friend, hoping to find a place to publish it.
The horrific murder last month of developer Menachem Stark and uproar over the callous media coverage of his life and death has put New York’s chasidic communities again at the center of attention. Whatever the facts established around Mr. Stark’s violent end and business dealings, and apart from the variety of opinions around headlines and protests – and there are sure to be more headlines, there is now a moment to plainly discuss our Hasidic neighbors and their increasingly prominent place in our shared civic life.
Badly trailing in polls, Republican candidate is a regular in Borough Park and Williamsburg.
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As polls suggest the lopsided mayoral race is all but over, with Democrat Bill de Blasio a mile ahead, Republican Joe Lhota seems to be working overtime to pick up support in neighborhoods where Jews have been most willing to cross party lines.
Councilman David Greenfield is offering a $1000 reward for confidential information leading to the arrest and conviction of vandals who defaced the headquarters of Community Board 12 in Borough Park. A source told The Jewish Week the messages included "Jewish pigs."
Levi Aron, the Brooklyn man accused of killing 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky, pleaded guilty to charges of second-degree murder and kidnapping.
Aron is facing at least 40 years in prison, according to The New York Times. Originally he had pleaded not guilty to eight counts of murder and kidnapping.
Despite Aron's history of mental illness, New York State Supreme Court Justice Neil Firetog told the defendant on Thursday that “a defense of not responsible by reason of mental disease or defect would not be a viable defense,” the Times reported.