They are among hundreds of victims of Palestinian terrorism, but there was something about the tragic story of the Bloombergs of Ginot Shimron that prompted Rabbi Moshe Drelich to act.
“You start with one family at a time,” said the rabbi, assistant principal of SAR Academy in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. “You save the world one neshama [soul] at a time.”
The murder of a rabbinical student on a busy shopping strip in Midwood, Brooklyn, Monday night immediately set off fears of an anti-Semitic attack or a spillover of Mideast violence in the heavily Jewish community.
But police on Tuesday had all but ruled out the possibility that Avner Abensour, 26, had been attacked because he was a Jew.
“At this point it has not been deemed a bias incident,” said Lt. David Nadel, the NYPD’s liaison to the Jewish community.
The strong Jewish showing for Republican candidates in recent elections is no cause for concern, says the new chair of the state Democratic Party.
“I’m not accepting that they’re gone,” said Herman D. Farrell, who succeeded Judith Hope on Monday at a time of introspection for the party. “You stick with someone because when you get down to basic issues, you believe in what you see. A large percentage of our issues are those the Jewish community views as important.”
Seventeen months have passed since quintuplets born to the Klaver family brought the national media into their Brooklyn living room.
But now that they’ve faded from the limelight, the family has been forced to go public again as they face financial peril.
The Klavers have been ordered to vacate their crowded Flatbush apartment by their landlord, who is selling the house. Both parents are in poor health, and federal assistance they have been receiving is about to expire.
The organizations representing Jewish Republicans and Democrats were trading shots this week over the apparent involvement of two top Israeli leaders in the 2000 Senate race here.
Neither Prime Minister Ehud Barak, leader of the One Israel party, nor Jerusalem Mayor Ehud Olmert of Likud have made explicit endorsements in the race. But within the span of two weeks, both politicians offered praise for the two presumptive candidates: Barak for Hillary Rodham Clinton, a Democrat, and Olmert for Republican Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.
Two Manhattan officials are criticizing the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services for arguing that the rape of an employee was a workplace injury, to be compensated by worker’s compensation rather than a civil judgment.
“I am asking that you immediately drop this offensive and sexist defense,” wrote Councilwoman Christine Quinn in a strongly worded letter to JBFCS.
Presidential contender Bill Bradley played it safe in his first foray into the Jewish community this week, steering clear of hot-button issues while persistently embracing his New York patron, Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan.
The former New Jersey senator told Jewish leaders he will take no position on clemency for Israel spy Jonathan Pollard during his campaign.
The outcry over the police shooting of a disturbed Borough Park man escalated this week, as family members called the incident an “execution” amid new doubts about the official version of events.
“I am absolutely furious,” said Doris Busch Bosky, whose son, Gary Busch, died in a hail of bullets on Aug. 30 in a confrontation outside his 46th Street apartment.
At a press conference this week, Bosky, her former husband and Busch’s brother accused the police of presenting false information on the altercation.
In the opening salvo of what is expected to be a spirited war for New York’s Jewish vote, Democratic presidential contender Bill Bradley comes to town Monday night for an address to the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America.
As Jews around the world prepare to celebrate one of the most joyous days of the calendar, local law enforcement officials, communal leaders and professionals are increasingly concerned about the impact of alcohol-laden festivities on the growing problem of Orthodox substance abuse.