Comptroller's Database To Aid Holocaust Heirs

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New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has created a new link on his website to help the heirs of Jewish Holocaust victims claim money in the state’s unclaimed funds database.

An initial search of the site against the names of 50,000 Holocaust victims and survivors turned up 4,000 matches. Now, the state is asking those claimants to check the website and confirm that there is truly a match.

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli: Searched 28 million accounts.

Brooklyn Seniors To Keep Kosher Lunch Program; West Side Center Still Fighting

Coney Island, West Side centers serving elderly to shut down for non-budgetary reasons.
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One of two kosher lunch programs fighting to keep their doors open has won a reprieve, organizers and a city councilman told The Jewish Week Monday.

The city-funded Ocean Parkway Senior Center, which serves about 100 people, will share its current space with a new program for disabled seniors that will receive federal Medicaid dollars. Both will be housed at a building owned by Ahi Ezer Housing Development Fund Corp., a non-profit affiliated with a Sephardic congregation in Midwood.

Last month the organization served the senior center, run by the Jewish Commnity Council of Greater Coney Island with an eviction notice to make way for the new Social Adult Day Care program. But negotations between the two organizations and mediation by Coucilman Domenic Recchia Jr., resulted in a compromise.

“The Ocean Parkway Senior Center is a home away from home for many of Brooklyn’s seniors providing critical services and hundreds of meals on a daily basis to those who need it most," said Recchia, a Democrat who repesents parts of Coney Island and Brighton Beach, in a statement. "Its closure would have devastated our community and those whose lives it touches. That’s why this announcement is such an enormous relief and why it was so important that we fight to ensure that this center remain open to the community.” 

Still up in the air is the status of several dozen seniors who meet daily at Club 76 on the Upper West Side for a kosher lunch, companionship, help with services, and entertainment and exercise programs.

Among them is Ruth Shapiro, who moved to the Upper West Side 55 years ago, when her fmaily needed a bigger place than their Lower East Side apartment.

Today, she’s alone and about to turn 90.  

Kosher lunch program at West Side Institutional Synagogue feeds between 40 abd 75 seniors. Adam Dickter

92nd St. Y Says Roger Waters Canceled Appearance

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Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, an advocate of boycotting Israel, won't be available for a controversial April 30th appearance at the 92nd Street Y, the Jewish cultural hotspot told its patrons Thursday.

"We heard from Roger Waters that he is unable to appear at the event scheduled for April 30," reads an email from the Y. " No further explanation for the cancellation was given, and the Y told The Jewish Week it would have no comment.

92nd St. Y's Roger Waters listing is short on details. Photo via

Health Department: Child Infected From Bris That Defied Consent Rule

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The mother of an infant who contracted herpes following a bris with direct oral suction last month denied receiving the required consent form from the mohel, whose name she refused to disclose to the New York City Department of Health, The Jewish Week has learned.

Historic Damascus Synagogue Looted And Burned


The 2,000-year-old Jobar Synagogue in the Syrian capital of Damascus was looted and burned to the ground.

The Syrian army loyal to President Bashar Assad and rebel forces are blaming each other for the destruction of the historic synagogue, according to reports on Sunday.

Tunisian Parliament Rejects Special Bloc For Jews


(JTA) -- A Tunisian government committee rejected a proposal to allocate a bloc of seats in parliament to Jews.

The proposal, which had been opposed by Tunisia's Jewish leadership, was rejected by the National Constituent Assembly's committee on legislative and executive powers on the grounds that it would create unnecessary divisions among Tunisians, committee member Walid Bannani told Tunisia Live.

Poll: 45 Percent Would Ban Kosher Slaughter In Britain


About 45 percent of 1,900 Britons polled favored banning Jewish ritual slaughter and 38 percent said they favored banning nonmedical circumcision.

Wide Range Of Jewish Groups Urge Faster Path To Citizenship


An array of Jewish groups urged President Obama and Congress to ease the path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

Nineteen national groups and dozens of local groups and clergy signed on to a letter sent last Friday that was timed for Passover.

Israel Closes West Bank For Passover



The Israeli military imposed a general closure of the West Bank through the end of Passover.

The closure went into effect at midnight Sunday and will remain into effect until the night of April 2, according to a statement from the Israel Defense Forces. It was ordered by the minister of defense in accordance with IDF assessments, the statement said.

Those in need of medical attention or humanitarian aid, or in exceptional cases, will be allowed to leave the West Bank with the authorization of the Civil Administration, according to the IDF.

Israel Apologizes To Turkey For 2010 Flotilla Incident

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In a move that had apparently been carefully choreographed by the White House, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu picked up the phone today and called Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan with an apology for the 2010 Israeli raid on a Turkish flotilla that killed nine Turkish citizens. Erdogan accepted.

Nine Turks died during the 2010 flotilla incident when they attacked Israeli soldiers boarding their ship.
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