Vandals hit up the Avenue J train station early Wednesday morning, spray painting an “ew” onto the station’s sign to read Avenue Jew. Now representatives of the heavily Orthodox Jewish area are condemning the graffiti and locals are wondering if it’s connected to last week’s hate-crime-related torching of three cars, which was accompanied by spray-painted “KKK” and swastikas nearby.
Police are investigating the latest spray painting as a possible bias crime, and the Transit Police have removed the sign.
“I am deeply disturbed by the graffiti incident at the Avenue J station on the Q line today,” Councilman Lew Fidler said in a statement yesterday. “Coming as quickly as it does on the heels of last week’s horrible acts on Ocean Parkway, it is particularly chilling. We cannot and will not stand by and watch haters and hooligans demonize the entire Jewish community with impunity. Whether this is the work of one deranged person, a group of drunken idiots or some organized effort, it must be met with an immediate outcry. I am calling today on Police Commissioner Kelly to move some of those police officers that have been stationed at or near Zuccotti Park to our neighborhoods until those culpable are caught and brought to justice. People of good conscience can never be silent in the face of hate. Now is not the time to turn the other cheek or to look away. Now is the time to act.”
Assemblyman Dov Hikind expressed similar outrage and demanded action.
“Education and vigilance are our only weapons in fighting against this blatant hatred,” Hikind told ABC News. “We must send a message to those who perpetrate these vile acts that we will not tolerate their behavior. These cowards need to know that we will find them wherever they lurk, and when we do, we will prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.”
UPDATE (11:17 a.m.): Congressman Jerrold Nadler just issued the following statement. We’re not entirely sure if it’s in reference to the Avenue Jew vandalism, since he only referred to “another anti-Semitic act.”
“News of yet another anti-Semitic act in Brooklyn sends an unequivocal message that our communities are under attack by deeply ignorant and destructive bigots. NYPD must increase its surveillance and enforcement, with more officers on the ground and more contact with community leaders and elected officials. Residents of Midwood and other areas targeted must be vigilant and ready to report incidents and help their neighbors. As we join together to beat back the scourge of prejudice and hate, Shomrim and neighborhood institutions which already have infrastructure in place to protect residents are instrumental. We must continue to speak out in the strongest possible terms whenever anyone is singled out for anti-Semitic or racist hatred. The hate-filled few don’t stand a chance against us when we stick together and fight back.”
Source: Flatbush Scoop
Three cars were found burned, and two others damaged, in an apparent hate crime targeting Jewish people this morning. Now police and community leaders are offering a reward to find those responsible.
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The Jewish holiday of Passover, which commemorates the Biblical story of the ancient Israelites’ “Exodus” from enslavement in ancient Egypt, will soon be upon us and if you’ve never made a seder — the traditional meal which recounts the story — our friends at Congregation Israel of Kings Bay are here to help.
Come to a “DIY: Do It Yourself Model Seder,” hosted by the synagogue, at 3903 Nostrand Avenue on the corner of Voorhies Avenue, April 13 from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m., where you will learn everything you need to know about preparing for and making a proper Passover seder, which is the Hebrew word for order (We know this because a siddur — a book containing a highly detailed and structured set of daily prayers — derives from the same Hebrew root letters). [Ed - When Erica writes "we know this" she means "Erica knows this." I, for one, didn't know that.]
Rabbi Yitzchok Winner will teach participants about the Passover Haggadah and the traditional seder plate, and handmade shmurah matzah will be distributed for your own seder. Additionally, forms for selling your chametz will be available.
The event is free, but a donation is suggested.
To register, call the synagogue at (718) 943-5176 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sheepshead Bay and the surrounding areas are home to one of the largest communities of Holocaust survivors in the world, but the numbers of those who remain are thinning. Which is just one reason why you should consider Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island’s (JCCGCI’s) “Connect2″ program, where you’ll be able to help someone live better, while becoming a historical diplomat to better carry the lessons of the Holocaust for another generation.
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The New York Post is well-known for its horrific headlines, laden with puns and general outrageousness. So it’s almost no surprise to see the repulsively titled “Battle is Hebrewing” (HeBrewing – Get it? Because they’re Jews!) story amongst its pages. And, knowing it’s the Post, we’ll probably all shake our heads and sigh. We’ll mutter, “Oh, that Post,” like it’s a dim-witted nephew who can’t stop drooling while publicly fondling himself. And then we’ll move on.
This is going to be one of those times, because – believe it or not – there was actually an important story under that bullshit. I think my opinion on the Post is clear (that they’re talentless hacks ridden with double-standards and catering to the lowest common denominator), now to get to the story:
The Hebrew Language Academy Charter School, which recently announced its new digs below a yeshiva, has sparked yet another controversy – this time involving a synagogue that they’ll replace as tenants.
Even the High Holidays have done little to quell an escalating holy war (Ed.-Holy war! Get it? Because they’re Jews!) between a rabbi and a new Hebrew charter school in Brooklyn.
The battle pits the city’s first Hebrew-language charter school receiving public funds against Rabbi Moshe Toiv’s Orthodox congregation housed in the same Flatbush facility at 3300 Kings Highway.
The landlord, who already runs a small Jewish high school on the top floor, has ordered the synagogue out to make space for the new and expanding charter school on the first floor.
But the members of Congregation Machzikei Torah have no exodus plans. (Ed.– Exodus! Get it? Because they’re Jews!)
Read more from the NY Post website, which has now been entirely redesigned for an advertiser. Anything to get those dolla’ bills, boys – eh?
We recently noted the closure of Glick Bros. Kosher Market and Butcher after more than 30 years serving the community. We noted that little information was available about the cause, but almost as soon as the post was up comments started pouring in alleging that the store was, among other things, closed due to contaminated food – namely that they were mixing dog food in with their meats, and also selling non-kosher foods as kosher.
It appears Sheepshead Bites was the victim of a malicious hoax. Like many of our readers, we were outraged by the charges and immediately sought to verify them with the relevant inspection agency. Eventually, though, we realized that all of those comments came in from one IP address using multiple names. This means it all came from one twisted reader.
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Neighbors are reporting that Glick Brothers Kosher Market, located on Nostrand Avenue between Avenues X and Y, unexpectedly closed down last Thursday after more than 30 years serving the community.
As the sign on the gate says, not much information is available. Alevtina Lobova, who works at the optical store next door, tipped us off to the closure. The sign on the gate was placed by the neighbors in response to Glick customers coming in and asking.
“It must have been sudden because deliveries still come and are forced to turn back because the gate is down,” said Lobova. “Even the landlord of Nostrand Shoppers had to get informed by us that the owner is not coming back…weird, huh?”
Weird indeed. If anyone has any info about the closure, please post it in the comments below.
[Photos courtesy of Alevtina Lobova]