Sephardic businessman says he'll increase focus on outer boroughs.
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Although he just entered the city’s crowded mayoral race this week, Jack Hidary believes that by running as an independent and as a businessman not beholden to any interest groups, he can easily separate himself from the others in the field, whom he described as largely “career politicians.”
“The career politicians running have had their chance to deliver for the people but have failed to do so,” he told The Jewish Week. “It is time for independent leadership that takes us forward and not backwards to machine politics. It got us into trouble in the ‘70s when we were on the brink of bankruptcy. Do we want to be the next Detroit?”
In the classroom and extra-curricular activities, local Jewish schools are teaching today’s students to be tomorrow’s givers.
In the Yeshivah of Flatbush’s Sephardic Beit Midrash, faculty member Sara Ovadia is leading a few dozen students in a lunch-hour discussion about charity late one recent morning.
While the students, members of the school’s Tzedakah Commission, an educational-activist project, quietly pick at pizza and pasta in the crowded study hall, Ovadia outlines several upcoming programs for which she will need volunteers. A food pantry. A scavenger hunt. Pledges for teachers racing in a fund-raising marathon.