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Roundup: Skverer rebbe to visit Poland, Shmira expands, and other Haredi news

The most notable Haredi news from the last two weeks

A yeshiva in the Skver village of New Square. Credit: Shtetl

Dec 1, 2023 9:15 AM

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Skverer rebbe to visit Krakow — The grand rabbi of the Skver Hasidic sect, David Twersky, will visit Krakow, Poland, this winter with notable donors, according to the Rockland Daily. The rabbi will travel around Poland to gravesites of Polish Hasidic leaders with donors who contribute $100,000 or more toward the construction of a new synagogue at the sect’s headquarters, in New Square, New York.

Community watch group Shmira expands — The Orthodox-run community patrol group Shmira is expanding, adding new volunteers and new vehicles in Borough Park, Flatbush, and Queens, according to Boro Park 24. Several local leaders came together on Monday to celebrate the expansion, including Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso.

Vernikov cleared of gun charge — Councilmember Inna Vernikov will be cleared of an illegal gun charge, reported the news outlet The City. In October, the Brooklyn politician was criticized after appearing to bring a gun to a pro-Palestinian protest at Brooklyn College.

New Chabad school offers “pure” education — A new school in Crown Heights called Oholei Yosef Yitzchok Lubavitch is advertising “pure" education, according to COLlive. “Children should see only kosher images,” said Leah Goldstein, a member of the school’s board of education, in an advertisement for the school.

Many Haredim support Israeli people, but still are not Zionists — Rabbi David Zwiebel, the Executive Vice President of the Haredi organization Agudath Israel of America, said that Haredi views on Zionism have not undergone a sea change, according to New York Jewish Week. Agudath Israel itself has struggled over how to support the Israeli people while adhering to its core ideological views regarding the Israeli state.

Schnall hopes to add vouchers for families of private school students — Avi Schnall, who won his recent bid for New Jersey legislature, said during his campaign that he hopes the state will add private school vouchers, the Asbury Park Press reported on Monday. Government funding for private school attendance, an idea that is referred to by its proponents as school choice, has recently been enacted in several Republican-led states in the U.S.

Lauren Hakimi is a journalist whose work has appeared in The Forward, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, New York Jewish Week, WNYC/Gothamist and more. She graduated from CUNY Hunter College with degrees in history and English literature. Hailing from an Iranian Jewish community on Long Island, she looks forward to shining a light on stories that matter to the Jewish community. Follow her on Twitter @lauren_hakimi.