With young victims of bullying being driven to suicide, and with online hate expanding, young people can now use their cell phones to call in hate crimes, bullying incidents and online bigotry through a new app, “Combat Hate.”
Wearing kipot and prayer shawls, the students opened their siddurim and chanted the Ashrei prayer quietly but clearly, as their teacher and three teenage assistants guided them through a transliterated text. Then the students gently opened the small ark in their classroom, as one carried a Torah around the room, before they practiced the blessings for an aliyah, when they’re called to the Torah, sang a spirited version of “Oseh Shalom,” and covered their eyes to say the Shema.
Hella Winston |
The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office possessed compelling evidence that the allegations lodged by a key witness against chasidic abuse whistleblower Sam Kellner were false, but used that testimony to indict Kellner anyway, The Jewish Week has learned.
Officials of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York this week said they are withholding judgment on the outcome of a police investigation into a severe beating, allegedly committed by members of Williamsburg’s chasidic community, against a young black man earlier this month.
Susan Reimer-Torn |
Special To The Jewish Week
Social change within a conservative system is fueled by persistence and tempered with patience. Ever since its beginnings two decades ago around the dining room table of pioneer Blu Greenberg, the association of feminism and Orthodoxy has sparked fierce support, relentless opposition and multitude of questions.