Thursday July 27’th, the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council (OJPAC) expressed concern about an ordinance passed by the Township of Mahwah on June 29, 2017 in a 5-0 vote which bans non-residents from visiting parks. The concern was raised after it was reported in the Mahwah Daily Voice that "[Mahwah] Township officials said they hoped the measure [to ban non-residents from visiting parks] would provide protection against what residents fear is an organized incursion from Rockland County of Orthodox families who've recently swarmed parks in Mahwah, Montvale, Ramsey and Upper Saddle River by the busload." (An updated version of the story says “incursion from Rockland County of Hasidic families” instead of Orthodox families as in the initial report. Apparently, some people think bigotry against Hasidic Jews is not hateful.)
The NYPD Transit Bureau reported to the MTA board that 22 of the 31 hate crimes in the New York City subway system during the first 3 months of 2017 targeted Jews, mainly via graffiti, and the number of reported hate crimes spiked from only 7 in the same three months last year. MTA board member Charles Moerdler, a Holocaust survivor, is quoted in the NYDN that, "It was precisely this kind of statistic, this kind of conduct that gave birth in ‘34 to ‘38 to what led to the Holocaust."
Companies that advertise through Google Ad Sense are not always aware alongside which content their ads run. For example, companies are probably not aware that their ad appears alongside a recent April editorial by The Asbury Park Press that says "thanks to the money and power of the Orthodox community," politicians in New Jersey have done nothing to address budget problems at the Lakewood, New Jersey school district. Most comments on the editorial are openly bigoted against the Orthodox Jewish community of Lakewood.
147,173 students grades full day kindergarten through 12th were enrolled in New York Jewish schools for the 2015-2016 school year. This is an increase from the revised figures for the 2014-2015 school year which had 142,362 students enrolled in Jewish schools. The students were spread in 407 institutions throughout sixteen counties and the data includes students that were enrolled in Ungraded Elementary schools.
The data was compiled by the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council (OJPAC) from stats made available by the New York State Education Department.
The City of New York will permit women-only hours at two of its 55 public swimming pools. Four hours a week at one place; two hours a week at the other place. The changes at the two NYC pools will give women of all backgrounds, of all communities, the comfort they deserve. Hopefully, the Commission on Human Rights will consider implementing such accommodations for women and men all over the city. A few hours a week accommodating each other won't harm.
It is important to mention that many who purport to be for women's rights or who claim that women in the Hasidic community are systematically oppressed, opposed accommodating women in this instance. The opposition from agitators against the accommodating swim hours - first requested by women in the Hasidic community - reaffirms that the "concern" these agitators claim to have for women in the Hasidic community is just an excuse to trash Hasidim.
While Ed Day, the Executive of Rockland County, is chasing Yeshivas for not filing correctly safety papers with the state of New York, he sends dozens of people to work in a very dangerous government building across his own office. Regardless how the county got here, sending people into this death trap for two and a half years while going nuts against Yeshivas in much better shape, shows that politics is at play. One also has to wonder why Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski - animated about safety papers at Ramapo Yeshivas - has not brought the state into his own district where this building is and where a woman died in a fire in an illegally-converted house last October. See videos below.
On June 1, 2016, the New York Times published an editorial criticizing the fact that a public swimming pool in Brooklyn will provide separate swimming hours for women. The Times says that the accommodations came about after some women in the Orthodox Jewish community requested separate hours.
The hypocrisy and inflammatory language in the New York Times is astounding in many ways:
Fire safety standards at many public and some private schools, Jewish and non-Jewish, across New York are not up to par. In Rockland, the County Executive Ed Day who lives in the Town of Clarkstown, and Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski who represents Clarkstown, are focusing mostly only on Yeshivas in the Town of Ramapo. Our co-founder Yossi Gestetner was quoted in The Journal News and appeared on TV channels ABC 7, CBS 2 and News 12 to address it.
More than 143,000 students were enrolled in private Jewish schools last year in the State of New York grades full K through 12. The students were enrolled in 405 institutions throughout sixteen counties.
The data was compiled by the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council (OJPAC) from belated stats made available by the New York State Education Department.
The counties with the most students in Jewish schools grades K through 12 were:
It is imperative for news agencies (and government officials) to monitor their social media platforms and websites for bigoted and dangerous comments. Just as media have no obligation to provide a TV crew or newspaper space for everyone who wants to exercise their first amendment right, news agencies have no obligation whatsoever to provide a platform for comments. Media agencies should use their own discretion which content goes and which stays in the comment section just as they do in print or on TV. The First Amendment guarantees the right of free speech; it does not oblige someone else to provide you a platform. You have something to say? Yell it from your window; publish your own newspaper or run your own blog.