Roundup: Schumer and Jeffries in Boro Park, Hasidic woman judge, and more

Shtetl News Roundup: What’s new and interesting in the Haredi world this week

Senator Julia Salazar. Credit: NY Senate

Aug 10, 2023 4:45 PM


U.S. representatives attend Boro Park JCC legislative barbecue.
Senator Chuck Schumer and House minority leader Hakeem Jeffries attended the Boro Park JCC’s annual legislative barbecue last Wednesday alongside Assemblymember Simcha Eichenstein, Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso, City Council member Kalman Yeger, and City Council member Lincoln Restler.

Elected officials meet with Rabbi David Niederman.
State Senator Julia Salazar, Assemblymember Emily Gallagher, and Councilmember Lincoln Restler met on July 18 with Rabbi David Niederman, the executive director of the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg, a social services organization serving South Williamsburg’s Hasidic community, according to the UJO’s newsletter. The newsletter says they discussed “community needs and concerns as well as the increased social services demands in the district.”

Investigation shows city officials knew years ago that yeshivas were inadequate.
Documents obtained by the news outlet The City show that New York City officials knew in 2018 and 2019 that four yeshivas were offering inadequate secular education, but did not intervene. The New York City Department of Education sent letters to the heads of those four yeshivas in June of this year year, telling them they were failing. The four schools are Yeshiva Kerem Shlomo in Boro Park, Yeshiva Bnei Shimon Yisroel of Sopron in Williamsburg, Yeshiva Ohr Menachem in Crown Heights, and Yeshiva Oholei Torah in Crown Heights.

Orthodox judges to join Brooklyn’s Supreme Court.
The Brooklyn Democratic Party picked two Orthodox judges among six on Monday, Shaul Stein and Ruchie Freier, to be their judicial candidates to join the Kings County Supreme Court. Freier, who is currently an acting judge in the New York State Supreme Court, is believed to be the first Hasidic woman to hold that role.

Boro Park Assemblymember moderates panel on politics and real estate.
Assemblymember Simcha Eichenstein, a Democrat who represents Boro Park in the state legislature, moderated a panel on politics and New York real estate on Tuesday, alongside grocery store titan John Catsimatidis and former New York Governor David Paterson. “We discussed the crucial topics of politics & real estate in NY, while exploring solutions that can benefit all New Yorkers,” Eichenstein wrote on Twitter.

Congressmen visit Camp HASC.
Former New York gubernatorial candidate and current Congressman Marc Molinaro visited Camp HASC last Thursday. Along with fellow Republican Congressman Mike Lawler of the Hudson Valley, he toured the upstate camp that serves Orthodox Jewish children with physical and mental disabilities. 

Hasidic charity offers aid to migrants.
Masbia, a kosher, non-profit soup kitchen headed by Alexander Rapoport, who is Hasidic, is stepping up its efforts to help the increasing number of migrants arriving at Port Authority Bus Terminal. The soup kitchen joined other Jewish groups, such as Congregation Beit Simchat Torah and Commonpoint Queens, to distribute clothing and food to the incoming refugees. 

Yeshiva leaders propose solution to “shidduch crisis.”
Some yeshiva leaders are proposing a possible solution to the so-called “shidduch crisis,” in which many young Haredi women are unable to find young men to marry, according to VIN news. They suggest shortening education by a year for boys and adding a year of high school for girls in order to address the “age gap” in the Litvish community, in which older men frequently date younger women, but not the reverse.