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Community Currents Upcoming events… On Saturday night, August 31, Selichot services at The Hampton Synagogue will be led by Netanel Hershtik and the Hampton Synagogue Choir, conducted by Izchak Haimov. This year, Cantor Daniel Gildar will accompany them. Services will begin at 10:30 p.m., followed by a reception. Rabbi Marc Schneier will speak at the service. Complementary round-trip transportation buses from Brooklyn, Queens, and The Five Towns are available. Call 631-288-0534 ext. 10 for more information. ***** On September 9, from 1:00-2:30 p.m., the Project for Holocaust Survivors at Bikur Cholim Chesed Organization will conduct its next monthly meeting for Holocaust survivors with poor vision. Topics will include preparing for Yom Tov, keeping track of phone numbers and money, kitchen tips, and safe neighborhood travel. Members can be connected to free-of-charge resources, such as free 411 on their phones, talking watches, books on tape, and large print reading materials. Door to door transportation is provided from all neighborhoods in Brooklyn. Call Shlomis Bloxenheim at 718438-2020 ext. 7432 for more information.

Tehillim Asifah On Tuesday, September 10, more than 30,000 children will gather together to say Tehillim. The annual event, which is organized and coordinated by the Misaskim organization, will take place at 1 p.m. at the Bobover Bais Medrash on 48th Street in Boro Park. Six thousand children from nearly 40 yeshivos will be in the beis medrash and more than 25,000 others will join via live hookups in 130 locations throughout the world. The event, first launched in 1993, includes the recitation of six chapters of Tehilim followed by Mincha, Avinu Malkeinu, Shlosh Esrei Middos, Kabbolas Ol Malchus Shomayim, and Aleinu. Well before the event, hundreds of names of the sick are called into Misaskim’s headquarters. This year, the names of the sick will rotate on a huge screen and a mishebeirach will be made on their behalf. “The sight of thousands of children imploring the heavens for mercy is heart-rending and a tribute to parents and teachers who have inculcated the young with such a strong sensitivity for the welfare of their brethren,” said Yaakov Cohen of Misaskim.

Street Named in Memory of Jamaican Jew Ave. J and Nostrand Avenue in the Midwood section of Brooklyn is now called Yoseph Robinson Ave. in memory of the 34-year-old Orthodox Jewish clerk who was killed in August 2010 inside MB Vineyards, located a few feet from the intersection. At the renaming were U.S. Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, NYS Senator Simcha Felder, NYC Council Speaker and mayoral candidate Christina Quinn, NYC Council members Jumaane Williams and David Greenfield, Manhattan Borough President and Comptroller candidate Scott Stringer, and Chaim Deutsch, president of Flatbush Shomrim Safety Patrol, and candidate for city council. Among the speakers at the event were Rabbi Moishe Tuvia Lief of Agudas Yisroel and Rabbi Aryeh Ralbag of Vaad Harabonim of Flatbush.

Councilman Greenfield Secures Important Funding Councilman David G. Greenfield announced last week that as a result of budget negotiations, every single district in New York City will receive funding through the City Council’s Domestic Violence Empowerment Initiative (DoVE). In years past only certain districts received this funding, which excluded most of Brooklyn’s frum community. According to the NYPD, there were 30,428 reported domestic violence victims in 2012, an increase of about 1,500 from 2011. In addition, statewide data shows that there were 6,152 violations of protection orders in New York City in 2012, which was also up slightly from the prior year. “Domestic violence is a problem that affects women, children, and families in every community across our city. Unfortunately, many neighborhoods have not received the funding and resources needed to help victims of domestic violence move forward and rebuild their lives,” Greenfield said. Greenfield has allocated the funding for his 44th District, which includes Boro Park, Midwood, and parts of Bensonhurst, to Shalom Task Force, which has been assisting domestic violence victims in the frum community since 1992. The funding will be used to support its confidential domestic abuse hotline, which receives approximately 1,000 calls each year, primarily from Orthodox Jewish victims in New York City. It features trained advocates who provide victims and their families with crisis intervention, peer counseling, safety planning, and referrals to critical services. Shalom Task Force’s confidential hotline – which does not track callers’ phone numbers – can be reached at 888-883-2323 or 718-337-3700.

Fire at Camp Simcha A fast-moving fire may have destroyed two bunkhouses at Camp Simcha, but due to swift action by the camp’s staff, no one was injured. The fire at Camp Simcha – Chai Lifeline’s medically supervised camp for children and teens with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses – was first noticed at 4:30 a.m. by a counselor who quickly alerted all the counselors in the bunk, who evacuated campers within two minutes. One child, who requires a wheelchair, was carried to safety by two counselors. At the same time, counselors alerted the medical center, directors of operations, and adjacent bunks. The camp then safely evacuated to a parking lot across a road, and a full census assured that all, staff and campers, were accounted for. Children and staff watched as fire engines rolled into camp to begin the hour-long process of containing the fire. “So many children lost the blankets, cozies, and stuff animals that had sustained them through treatments,” said girls’ head counselor Rivky Schwartz. “That was more devastating for them than losing their clothing.” Since all the campers have undergone arduous treatment for cancer, they all knew what it was like to lose items that had comforted them – and they responded accordingly. Bunks of children brought favorite clothes, stuffed animals, or presents to the girls who had lost everything. “It was so uplifting to see them give so selflessly,” Schwartz said. “The girls really wanted to help their campmates. One child said, ‘If I was in the fire, this is what I would want someone to give me,’ and gave her preferred blanket to a child along with a big hug,” By the end of the day, a bunkhouse usually used for medical purposes had been cleaned and prepared for the girls who had lost everything only hours before. On each bed were new clothes, stuffed toys, and personal items to replace those that had been lost. Several Chai Lifeline donors came forward with donations that allowed the girls and their counselors to take a trip to a local mall on Sunday to purchase new clothing. “We will rebuild,” Schwartz said. “Camp Simcha will be back next year and every year until pediatric illness is a thing of the past.”

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Preparing the Kotel for the thousands of visitors expected daily during the upcoming High Holiday season.

Bris Avrohom recently sponsored a bar mitzvah at the Kotel for boys from Beersheba, Israel who either are originally from the former Soviet Union or were victims of terror in Israel. Pictured are Rabbi Rabinovich, rav of the Kotel, and Rabbi Mordechai Kanelsky, executive director of Bris Avrohom (holding the Torah, center), with the bar mitzvah boys and their fathers. Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) joined David “Dudi” Sela, Israel’s highest ranked tennis player (ranked 70th globally), on August 21 at the Israeli Consulate’s youth tennis clinic. Sela is playing in the U.S. Open this week.

Children of Arab terrorist victims families receiving school supplies from Shifra Hoffman, founder of Victims of Arab Terror International.

One hundred-year-old Fay Gritz (right) dances with home health aide Adline Cherizard at Ateret Avot Senior Home’s “Dances with the Stars” competition this summer. Fay Gritz was one of the contest’s winners; Adline Cherizard received an honorable mention.

Celebrating a Hachnassas Sefer Torah at the Sanz-Klausenberg beis medrash in Boro Park. (Photo credit: JDN)

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Community Currents In celebration of the 15th anniversary of the Mothers of Multiples Support Group of N’shei C.A.R.E.S., 670 family members enjoyed a free outing to the Jewish Children’s Museum.

Rabbi Simon Basalely, the recently appointed sgan mashgiach for the Sephardic Community Program at Yeshiva University, will be providing guidance to Sephardic students on YU’s men campus this coming semester.

Last week the Raleigh Hotel in South Fallsburg, NY celebrated a Hachnassas Sefer Torah. Donated by money contributed by the hotel’s owners, employees, and visitors, the Torah was brought to its new home in a day filled with many festivities.

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