Summer Safety: Autism Awareness Cards

At last summer has begun! We've celebrated Memorial Day; soon we will be enjoying the fireworks of the 4th of July and before we know it, we'll be saying good bye to the summer with our Labor Day plans. This past Memorial day, I went to a Mets game with friends and family. As I walked around through the parking lot, gift shop, museum and food area, I began to think about how a child with autism may feel overwhelmed at baseball game or any kind of event in a crowded public area that families may wish to attend over the summer.

Dr. Frances Victory

Jerusalem Light Rail Now ‘Lightning Rod’

Once a symbol of coexistence, the line is new flashpoint for rising tensions.

10/28/2014 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — The light-rail platform outside of the 1967 war memorial to the soldiers who united this city was crawling with security Tuesday morning: paramilitary border policeman with M-16s and green berets, a burly private guard with an earpiece and a handgun, even a bomb-sniffing dog.

Border police patrol the light-rail station where two people were killed last week in a terrorist attack.  Joshua Mitnick/JW

As Camps Begin, Safety Is Job One

Tragedy on Georgia Ramah raft trip shows that, for staff, summer is anything but carefree.
06/27/2011 - 20:00
Associate Editor

When local Jewish overnight camps kicked off the summer season, welcoming their first campers this week, their staff members were feeling a bit more nervous than usual.

That’s because last week’s staff training and last-minute preparations were clouded by the death of a 16-year-old at Camp Ramah Darom, a Conservative movement camp in northern Georgia.

Andrew Silvershein, a returning camper from Davie, Fla., drowned June 19 — the first week of that camp — on a whitewater rafting trip, after the raft overturned and he became wedged under a rock.

Jewish summer camps say they follow strict safety protocols for swimming and other water sports.

Jewish Sites Get Bulk Of Federal Security Funds Here

06/23/2009 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor
Federal grants for upgrading security will go to 68 applicants in New York State this year, and 75 percent of those are potential Jewish targets. Sites in New York State received almost a third of the $15 million distributed nationwide for 2009 by the Department of Homeland Security. All but seven are in New York City. The Jewish Community Relations Council, which assists Jewish organizations applying for the funds said there were a total of 138 applications in New York. The list of approved grants will not be publicized.

Williamsburg Fire Spurs Safety Efforts

05/12/2005 - 20:00
Staff Writer
In the aftermath of an apartment fire in Williamsburg during Passover that killed three children, the New York Board of Rabbis said it will work with the Jewish Community Relations Council and the New York Fire Department to provide tips about preventing fires from candlelighting and cooking, and ensuring that working smoke detectors are in place. In addition to screening a video in classrooms, another idea under consideration is sending home packets of batteries with schoolchildren as a reminder to check smoke alarms.

Beefing Up Security At Passover

04/03/2003 - 19:00
Staff Writer
While insisting there is no particular cause for alarm, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly sought to assure the Jewish community Tuesday that extra security measures would be in place for Passover. They also called on the public to go about their business as usual, reporting anything suspicious via a police hotline.

The Perils Of Passover

04/15/2004 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Leaders in Orthodox neighborhoods will organize centrally located, controlled fires for chametz burning next Passover, hoping to avoid incidents like the one in Brooklyn last week in which five people were burned. Amid unusually blustery weather on April 5, a fire company in the Borough Park section reportedly put out 125 dangerous fires set by residents partaking in the ritual of incinerating non-leavened food on the eve of Passover.

New Fire Safety Effort After Tragedy

04/28/2005 - 20:00
Staff Writer
The New York Fire Department was stepping up safety education efforts in Orthodox areas this week after a fire in Williamsburg on the second day of Passover left three chasidic boys dead. “We passed out over 5,000 fliers [before the holiday] to explain hazards and precautions that should be taken, and we’ll be back out there again and do it this week,” said the FDNY’s chief of operations, Salvatore Cassano. “The holiday isn’t over yet.”

Evacuation 101

10/31/2002 - 19:00
Staff Writer
On Sept. 11, 2001, staff at the Board of Jewish Education of Greater New York contemplated evacuating their Midtown offices as they watched the Twin Towers collapse on TV. “We made the decision to stay in place,” recalled Barbara Kessel, the BJE’s director of administration. A phone caller a short time later who seemed to be speaking Arabic prompted reconsideration. “But we didn’t know where to go to,” said Kessel.

Millions Diverted From School Guards

10/10/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Only $8 million of the $20 million raised from American Jews to provide security guards for Israel’s schoolchildren will be used for that purpose, The Jewish Week has learned. “Something doesn’t smell good,” said Hilik Goldstein, a spokesman for the Union of Local Authorities, which is hiring the guards for Israel’s 124 municipalities and who revealed the funding cutback.
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