Sandy Hook Elementary School

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.

Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath To Be Observed At 150 Shuls And Churches

01/18/2013

As President Barack Obama seeks support for his sweeping gun control reforms, and states enact their own legislation -- including the nation's toughest in New York -- a faith-based coalition is promoting a national  Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath.

President Obama signs letters from children after unveiling new gun control proposals on Jan. 16. (White House Photo)

How To Help Newtown’s Grieving Families

01/08/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

Since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, several people wondering how they can help the families who lost young children contacted me, because my family suffered its own tragedy.

Sherri Mandell

Jewish Gun Enthusiasts On Guard

After Newtown, some firearm owners ready to consider control measures.

01/02/2013

The day Eric Schaefer learned that a .233 caliber semiautomatic Bushmaster rifle — a type of weapon he owned — was used to kill 26 people in Newtown, Conn., he sold his rifle to local law enforcement near his home in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Schaefer, a 40-year-old commercial real estate agent, says he has been hit by an unshakable feeling of shame, and he no longer wants his two children exposed to the many weapons he owns for sporting purposes — guns he keeps locked up and away from the house.

Gun control supporters protesting last month outside the National Rifle Association office on Capitol Hill in Washington.

No Guns In Utopia, But What About Here And Now?

12/26/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

As America continues to mourn the victims of the horrific slaughter at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the issue of gun control has predictably and rightfully been placed back at the center of public discourse. Within the Jewish community, the debate has centered on two distinct but related issues. The first concerns the State of Israel, namely, whether its relatively low rate of firearm deaths, despite the ubiquity of guns and the military in Israeli society, results from better gun laws or from a healthier cultural attitude toward weapons.

NoahPozner.com - Exploiting A Tragedy

When the names of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut were announced, Jewish media outlets immediately published articles about the youngest victim Noah Pozner, the 6-year-old who was laid to rest earlier this week in a traditional Jewish funeral.

Noah Pozner was the youngest of the 1st grade victims at the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Where Was God? Is It Fair To Ask?

12/19/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

As the world struggles to understand the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., and the 27 lives lost (including 20 beautiful, little, precious children), it is impossible to resist asking a series of questions: How did this happen? Where was God?

Rabbi Marci Bellows

Schools Extend A Reassuring Hand

After Newtown, administrators working overtime to communicate with parents.

12/18/2012
Associate Editor

When reports began surfacing on Friday morning about a school shooting in Newton, Conn., Carmel Academy in Greenwich, quickly sent out an e-mail to its parents, letting them know “we were aware of what was going on and that you don’t have to worry, your kids are safe,” said Nora Anderson, head of school.

Carmel Academy is being careful to communicate with parents after Friday's shooting. Photo courtesy Carmel Academy

Talking To Kids About Mental Health: The Other Topic After Sandy Hook

12/17/2012

As soon as I heard the news about the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school, I immediately thought to myself in horror “What if one of my kids had been a victim?”  I also knew as soon as I thought it that there would have been absolutely nothing I could have done to prevent it had either or both of my 11-year old twins been in the worst possible place at the worst possible time. 

But my next thought was even more upsetting: “What if one of my kids had been the shooter?” 

Deborah Grayson-Riegel
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