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.
Once again, the publicly-funded WNYC released a report against a portion of the Orthodox Jewish community; this time the community of Lakewood.
The headline of the report claims that the growth of the Orthodox Jewish community "causes conflict" in Lakewood. The seven-minute radio report suggests that providing busing to the Orthodox Jewish community is the reason why the public schools are underfunded. From here on, the whole report is centered on backing up the premise that the Orthodox are a drain on public schools populated with children from other minority communities.
Ed Day, the County Executive of Rockland, chases Yeshivas for either not filing correctly safety papers with the state or for having limited code infractions claiming his focus is for the safety of firefighters. However, in the news report below, he downplays the dangers posed by a crumbling government building saying that adults - not children - work there. If Mr. Day is concerned about adult firefighters why is he suddenly not so concerned for adult county employees? And is such a building not a death trap to firefighters?
OJPAC co-founder Yossi Gestetner urges the Central Ramapo school district (in Rockland County, New York) to work with all communities. The request came as the board considers limiting bus services to students in private schools. The busing vote was on the agenda at a time when a municipality in the same school district is considering to limit the hours that people can park on the streets. Both proposals will disproportionately affect the Orthodox Jewish community. See video below.
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 6th, 2016, WNBC-4 reported about the no-knock ordinances that have been passed in municipalities where members of the Orthodox Jewish community relocate in large numbers.
The report says that "Laurie Santulli County Legislator wants to expand no-knock into all of Rockland [County, NY] and she is about to introduce a bill." The lawmaker then says on camera that "there is a population growth among the Ultra-Orthodox and I understand they need more room, but in the same sense people want to stay and live in their own homes and not feel pressure on a given Sunday to sell their homes by people constantly knocking on their door."
Passing a law aimed at one ethnic group is unconstitutional and bigoted.
See the video 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.