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JCRC Offers $5G Reward For Tips On Knockout Attacks

Security patrols, alerts in Jewish areas after latest attack.

12/04/2013
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Volunteer security patrols are increasing in Orthodox neighborhoods following a new spate of so-called knockout attacks in Brooklyn. And the Jewish Community Relations Council is preparing to offer up to $5,000 for information on perpetrators of the “game” that has whole communities on edge but seems to target mostly Jewish victims here.

A security camera captured an incident in which a Jewish man said he was assulted. Photo via CrownHeights.info

City Council Bill Would Prevent Regulation Of Circumcision

Councilman Greenfield calls Board of Health interference "outrageous."

09/16/2013
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Citing freedom of religion, Councilman David Greenfield has introduced legislation prohibiting the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Board of Health from taking any formal action against the controversial practice of metzitzah b’peh. 

The legislation, introduced at the Sept. 12 City Council meeting, has since been referred to the Health Committee for hearings. It addresses the Board of Health's requirement last year that mohelim obtain written consent from parents before performing the oral suction practice, which has been linked to dangerous infection.

Cut it out: Consent requirement for circumcision practice intrudes on religious practice, pol says. Getty Images

Hikind-Greenfield War Heats Up After Primary

Days of Awe notwithstanding, politics get ugly between Jewish pols.

09/13/2013
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The days between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, generally a time of rapprochement and grace for observant Jews, turned particularly nasty between the city's best known Orthodox politicians this week as they supported opposing candidates in the race for Brooklyn district attorney.

Dov Hikind and David Greenfield chose different candidates for district attorney.

Hynes Defeat Welcomed By Jewish Activists Against Abuse

09/11/2013
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The uspet defeat of long-serving Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes was celebrated Wednesday by activists for Jewish victims of sex abuse.

“Hynes had to go,” said Mark Meyer Appel, founder of Voice of Justice, who has waged a long campaign to see Hynes defeated, believing he has not adequately prosecuted child molesters within the politically powerful Brooklyn ultra-Orthodox community. “I’m very happy.”

"The election result sends a clear message that the people of Brooklyn want to see fairness, not special treatment, and that when the people choose to speak at the polls, the chasidic bloc vote -- which went to Hynes -- becomes irrelevant," said Ben Hirsch, co-founder of Survivors for Justice, an organization that advocates and educates on issues related to child safety.

"Hynes' record on Orthodox child sex abuse, combined with the growing prosecutorial misconduct scandals, cost him the election," Hirsch said. "Brooklyn's Orthodox community was cynically used by Hynes for political ends."

Hynes, in office since 1989, lost the Democratic nomination to Ken Thompson, a litigator making his first bid for public office, by a large margin, 55-45 percent. Although he is also on the Republican and Conservative ballots, he said he would not continue his campaign.

Reward Offered For Tips On Anti-Jewish Messages In Borough Park

06/24/2013
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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."

City Council Bill Would Provide Safety Officers At Yeshivas

06/14/2013
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The NYPD would provide a uniformed, but unarmed school safety officer at any non-public school upon administrators' request under a bill introduced by Councilman David Greenfield this week.

The city already provides at least one safety officer at each of the city's public schools. Greenfield, a Democrat who represents Borough Park and part of Flatbush in the Council, says the bill is a response to the Dec. 27, 2012 massacre of school children in Newtown, CT.

Uniformed school safety officers would deter most criminals, a Council member believes.

Councilmen Demand Accountability For Brooklyn College BDS Event

05/03/2013
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Unwilling to accept the City University of New York's report last month on the handling of an anti-Israel event at Brooklyn College, five members of the City Council are demanding that an administrator at Brooklyn College be held accountable for her actions.

Finding Common Ground

Council members bring Jewish and African American teens together for lunch at City Hall.

At City Hall, Black And Jewish Teens Share Perspectives On Prejudice (Story and Video)

04/25/2013
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Armani Rivera, 14, recalled the day she made a purchase at a candy store and was treated with suspicion by the clerk.

"He waved me away," she said.

Ilay Fachima, 15, remembers the day a passerby threw a penny at him and said “pick it up, Jew.”

"I answered him back," said Fachima. "I put him on the spot."

After visiting New York's Holocaust museum, teens shared their reflections and experiences at City Hall. Adam Dickter

Hikind Hijinks Test His Political Influence

Purim costume causes race flap; showed lack of sensitivity, colleagues say.

02/27/2013
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Faced with an embarrassing scandal that might make him “radioactive” — in the words of one consultant — to candidates, Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind’s political clout could face a major test in the current political season.

This photo of Dov Hikind, posted on Facebook by his son, caused an uproar. Via Facebook
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