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Published on: January 17, 2010 03:05 PM
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Brooklyn, NY - An emergency meeting was held this morning between the leaders of the Jewish and Haitian communities to address the emerging needs of the local Haitian community. The meeting took place at the business office of George Weinberger, chairman of board of trustees of Agudath Israel of America, in Flatbush Brooklyn. Organizing the meeting were community leaders from COJO of Flatbush, Agudath Israel of America and Assemblyman Dov Hikind.

Participants included Congresswoman Yvette Clark, Councilman Mathieu Eugene and Councilman Jumaane Williams, who represent the largest Haitian community outside of Florida and Haiti in Brooklyn New York. Also represented was the office of State Senator John Sampson, Senator Kevin Parker and representatives from Councilman Brad Lander’s office. Other participating Jewish organizations included the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council represented by Rabbi Chanina Sperlin and the Jewish Community Council of Boro-Park represented by Rabbi Yechiel Kaufman and leaders from Agudath Israel of America including members of the board of Trustees Shloime Werdiger, Elly Kleinman and Chaskel Bennett.

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“We are not international organizations, with means to do things on an international level”, said Leon Goldenberg board member of COJO of Flatbush and Agudath Israel Trustee, “we are local organizations deeply involved in the social service needs of the local Jewish community, who care about our Haitian neighbors too. Upon hearing of the devastation in Haiti, our network of organizations began encouraging their constituents to donate to the reputable international relief organizations.”

“This meeting is also about a neighbor-to-neighbor effort, trying to find out what we can do to help alleviate the local anxiety”, Said Rabbi Shmuel Lefkowitz Agudath Israel of America’s Vice President of community services. “By Wednesday afternoon we had already alerted thousands of our members with the relevant donation information. Today, we are taking this to a new level”.

As word of the meeting got out, members of the Jewish leadership came forward and upon request, donated 10 computers to help the local Haitian community leaders and their constituents find love ones on the governors announced website https://haiti.nyalert.gov / and for other needs.

Hamodia - the largest Orthodox Jewish daily and weekly newspaper in the US, Pledged to run free solicitation ads encouraging their readers to donate to reputable international organizations. “We are covering the story extensively and now we will also get our readers involved by helping” said Yonosson Moller, business manager of Hamodia Newspaper. “Having a call-for-action in the name of Jewish leaders gathering today will have a great impact on our readers”.

“Today we gather as a cross section of our community to show by action that we share in the pain of our Haitian friends and are ready willing and able to respond”, Said Assemblyman Dov Hikind one of the organizers.

“We all see the swift and expert work of Israeli Doctors and rescue teams on the ground almost immediately following the 7.0 earthquake,” said Congresswoman Yvette Clark. “The Jewish response to the pain of others is legendary and today’s gathering is a continuation of the special heart the Jewish community always shows in times of crisis.”

“We deeply appreciate the friendship and care of the Jewish community represented here today. We are urging the community at large to donate to the recognized international relief organizations who are on the ground in Haiti”, Said Councilman Mathieu Eugene and echoed by newly elected Councilman Jumaane Williams








(Photo Below) Last week NYS Senator Eric Adams with Senate Majority Conference Leader John Sampson got together leaders of NYC’s Williamsburgs Hasidic and Korean communities to rally support dedicated to relieving the suffering in Haiti following the tragic earthquake. 


















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 Jan 17, 2010 at 03:30 PM Anonymous Says:

beautiful

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 Jan 17, 2010 at 03:58 PM Anonymous Says:

shmor le ve'eshmor luch

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 Jan 17, 2010 at 03:54 PM Anonymous Says:

Kol hakovd !what a kidish hashem !

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 Jan 17, 2010 at 03:48 PM Just wondering Says:

I think it's more than admirable & commendable that the Jewish community is at the forefront of helping in this horrific tragedy. After all, aren't we supposed to show compassion to non-Jews & help them too?

However, I question the over-exuberance of all these sincere communal leaders. Where are they in helping local Jewish families whose lives have taken tragic turns? Because B"H 50,000 aren't dead, hundreds of thousands more aren't homeless, does that mean we shouldn't be mobilizing all our resources to help almonehs, yesomim, the critically ill, the unemployed, those who can't afford their bills & tuition, the hungry, & the disenfranchised amongst us?

Why do we always rush & do exactly what we're supposed to do (like after the Tsunami) but we forget about the individual tragedies happening every day, one at a time, in our own backyard? Don't ignore the small cases in favor of the big ones.

Before you attack me for my post, think about it & re-read it.

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 Jan 17, 2010 at 03:42 PM Kidush Hashem Says:

Very nice! rachmonom benai rachmonom

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 Jan 17, 2010 at 03:42 PM Anonymous Says:

A true Kiddush Hashem

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 Jan 17, 2010 at 03:40 PM Chaya Lipschutz, Kidney Donor from Boro Park Says:

Wow - what a Kiddush Hashem!!!! I was so touched by this. Assemblyman Hikind, Agudah, Hamodia, you are all awesome! VIN - thanks for publishing this!

Although they may have had this meeting without any ulterior motives, you never know - in the future when we are in great need, hopefully others will remember the good that leaders of the frum community have done and will help us in our time of need. Like a story I read in a Holocaust book, how before the Holocaust someone would always greet a Gentile in their community, despite their differences. And when the Holocause occured, it was that Gentile who was touched by that Jewish person's kind gestrures, that ended up being the one to save this Jewish person's life.

So important to get along with all out neighbors, despite our differences! And help if at all possible.

I want to particularly thank Assemblyman Hikind who has done so much for our community, really goes above and beyond his call of duty to help us all. Thank you somuch! Tizku L'Mitzvos! We are blessed to have him among us.

Although the OU is not mentioned in this article - they had set up a fund for Haiti and deserves thanks and recognition as well!

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 Jan 17, 2010 at 04:26 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
Just wondering Says:

I think it's more than admirable & commendable that the Jewish community is at the forefront of helping in this horrific tragedy. After all, aren't we supposed to show compassion to non-Jews & help them too?

However, I question the over-exuberance of all these sincere communal leaders. Where are they in helping local Jewish families whose lives have taken tragic turns? Because B"H 50,000 aren't dead, hundreds of thousands more aren't homeless, does that mean we shouldn't be mobilizing all our resources to help almonehs, yesomim, the critically ill, the unemployed, those who can't afford their bills & tuition, the hungry, & the disenfranchised amongst us?

Why do we always rush & do exactly what we're supposed to do (like after the Tsunami) but we forget about the individual tragedies happening every day, one at a time, in our own backyard? Don't ignore the small cases in favor of the big ones.

Before you attack me for my post, think about it & re-read it.

there is nothing to reread .you live in the backwoods.there's hundreds of chesed organizations all over,hatzolah, hachnoses kalleh, gemachs, chavairim, shomrim, hachnoses orchim..ec etc you must be on drugs

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 Jan 17, 2010 at 04:30 PM Anonymous Says:

This a Kiddush Hashem! People helping people. I am sure Hashem is smiling on his children.

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 Jan 17, 2010 at 04:45 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
Just wondering Says:

I think it's more than admirable & commendable that the Jewish community is at the forefront of helping in this horrific tragedy. After all, aren't we supposed to show compassion to non-Jews & help them too?

However, I question the over-exuberance of all these sincere communal leaders. Where are they in helping local Jewish families whose lives have taken tragic turns? Because B"H 50,000 aren't dead, hundreds of thousands more aren't homeless, does that mean we shouldn't be mobilizing all our resources to help almonehs, yesomim, the critically ill, the unemployed, those who can't afford their bills & tuition, the hungry, & the disenfranchised amongst us?

Why do we always rush & do exactly what we're supposed to do (like after the Tsunami) but we forget about the individual tragedies happening every day, one at a time, in our own backyard? Don't ignore the small cases in favor of the big ones.

Before you attack me for my post, think about it & re-read it.

you are 100% correct

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 Jan 17, 2010 at 04:48 PM HamodiaFan Says:

Hamodia does it again! I know the people behind the Hamodia Newspaper personally and I can tell you that they are 100% devoted to the Jewish communities' needs, issues, emergencies, and everything else both locally and internationally! They are our true voice! If you haven't yet subscribed to their daily and weekly paper, now is the time. Show your support!

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 Jan 17, 2010 at 04:52 PM Chaya Lipschutz Says:

There is an article in on page 7 of today's New York Daily News that shows, 2 members of the Israel Defense Forces and one member of Hatzalah of Israel, carrying a government worker, Haitian, Frantz Gilles from a collapsed building four days after the earthquake/ And the article accompanying says, "A crowd gathered around a team of Israeli rescuers cheered when they pulled Gilles to the surface."

What a great Kiddush Hashem!

Thank you to Todd Maisel,of the New York Daily News for taking the photograph for the newspaper showing Israelis heroic act! And thank you to those Dailly New staffers who were involved with writing the article mentioning Israel's heroic act - Erica Pearson, and Todd Maisel who are in Port-au-Prince reporting and Barry Paddock and Samuel Goldsmith also Daily News staffers involved with the story.

Israel has been there for many of the worlds natural disasters, including the Tsunami in Indonesia, which has a large Moslem population.

Israel is a special country and it's about time people who don't realize this, take notice! Because one day, Israel can end up saving their life - or the lives of people closest to them!

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 Jan 17, 2010 at 04:54 PM Why be so offensive? Says:

Reply to #9  
Anonymous Says:

there is nothing to reread .you live in the backwoods.there's hundreds of chesed organizations all over,hatzolah, hachnoses kalleh, gemachs, chavairim, shomrim, hachnoses orchim..ec etc you must be on drugs

Just because someone doesn't agree with you (and feels that there should be an emphasis on helping yidden out of work, yidden who are hungry, single parents without enough resources to provide for their children etc., ) doesn't mean that this person is on drugs. Come on, sisnce when did it become so cool to be nasty to a fellow yid?

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 Jan 17, 2010 at 05:32 PM Expatriate Owl Says:

"As word of the meeting got out, members of the Jewish leadership came forward and upon request, donated 10 computers to help the local Haitian community leaders and their constituents find love ones on the governors announced website https://haiti.nyalert.gov / and for other needs."

I absolutely endorse what they are doing (though I cannot help but note that the Agudath Israel is now facilitating the use of the evil Internet).

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 Jan 17, 2010 at 05:29 PM mm Says:

very nice, but i question if this has more preference than many yeshivas in OUROWN COMMUNITY can barely stay open

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 Jan 17, 2010 at 05:56 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #10  
Anonymous Says:

This a Kiddush Hashem! People helping people. I am sure Hashem is smiling on his children.

I just wish it would be the other way around once in a while, i.e. other people helping us....

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 Jan 17, 2010 at 06:10 PM Anonymous Says:

duz the hamodia ever give 10,000$ free ad space 2 a yeshiva or a mosad?

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 Jan 17, 2010 at 06:19 PM Anonymous Says:

I am proud that we are doing this. Having worked with Hatians before and considering some of them to be my friends, I can tell you they appreciate what we are doing. A true Kiddish Hashem.

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 Jan 17, 2010 at 06:48 PM Anonymous Says:

People seem to think that the definition of "kiddush Hashem" means good "P.R." - (public relations).
Kiddush Hashem simply means doing the right thing. When others see the right thing being done - that is a kiddush Hashem (whether other Jews see it and certainly when non-Jews see it).
Now here is my point. Even if the "P.R." aspect of it is not that great it is still a kiddush Hashem. For example if lets say some non-Jews walk by a shul on Succos, and see Jews waving lulavim and esrogim, and they say to each other "those weird Jews waving those branches around - they are weird". - That is still a kiddush Hashem, because the right thing is being done. Even if they think we're weird.
Now in regard to this story, just because there's a whole fancy press release about the Jewish community supporting Haiti, the kiddush Hashem is in the act of supporting Haiti and not in the act of making a press release.

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 Jan 17, 2010 at 07:15 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
Just wondering Says:

I think it's more than admirable & commendable that the Jewish community is at the forefront of helping in this horrific tragedy. After all, aren't we supposed to show compassion to non-Jews & help them too?

However, I question the over-exuberance of all these sincere communal leaders. Where are they in helping local Jewish families whose lives have taken tragic turns? Because B"H 50,000 aren't dead, hundreds of thousands more aren't homeless, does that mean we shouldn't be mobilizing all our resources to help almonehs, yesomim, the critically ill, the unemployed, those who can't afford their bills & tuition, the hungry, & the disenfranchised amongst us?

Why do we always rush & do exactly what we're supposed to do (like after the Tsunami) but we forget about the individual tragedies happening every day, one at a time, in our own backyard? Don't ignore the small cases in favor of the big ones.

Before you attack me for my post, think about it & re-read it.

People there knew these questions were going to come out. I was not there myself nor can I speak for anyone else but i am one thousand percent sure that the leaders in our community asked the shailos of what is right and what is wrong.


Do you realize that Haiti helped thousands of yidden escape the Nazis and this is something which is never talked about because 99.99999% of jews throughout the world don't even know about unless they look up the history or ask survivors who know the deep history between the Haitian community and the jewish community.

They helped us then and now we are helping them for the pure right of humanity.

There are not enough words for me to describe my disgust with people who think this is crazy. A kiddish hashem outwieghts anything else and this is why your not our godol and someone who we ask our shailos too.

It is true we have plenty of our own problems but what have YOU done to help out our own situations?

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 Jan 17, 2010 at 07:39 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #15  
Expatriate Owl Says:

"As word of the meeting got out, members of the Jewish leadership came forward and upon request, donated 10 computers to help the local Haitian community leaders and their constituents find love ones on the governors announced website https://haiti.nyalert.gov / and for other needs."

I absolutely endorse what they are doing (though I cannot help but note that the Agudath Israel is now facilitating the use of the evil Internet).

You definitely fit the definition of Shoteh. The computers were donated to the Haitian community. Is there a Rov who holds that Haitians should not use the internet?

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 Jan 17, 2010 at 07:39 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #9  
Anonymous Says:

there is nothing to reread .you live in the backwoods.there's hundreds of chesed organizations all over,hatzolah, hachnoses kalleh, gemachs, chavairim, shomrim, hachnoses orchim..ec etc you must be on drugs

YOU are the one who is wrong. Yes, there are many chessed organizations out there, but with the financial crises, there are many people who are struggling for their daily bread. Kudos to all those helping in Haiti, but this poster is asking us to remember him/her too.

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 Jan 17, 2010 at 07:55 PM esther Says:

yes it is a chiddush hashem however i can't help but point out that there are billions of goyim to support this and other worthy causes. while there are only a few million jews ken yerbu to support our needs.there is only so much yiddishe tzedaka $ available and by giving it to others,it automatically doesn't go to extremely needy yidden.

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 Jan 17, 2010 at 08:03 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #17  
Anonymous Says:

I just wish it would be the other way around once in a while, i.e. other people helping us....

Be careful what you wish for. If others are helping you it means you have suffered a tragedy. Lets just be thankful that we are in a position to help.

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 Jan 17, 2010 at 08:07 PM PMO Says:

Reply to #14  
Why be so offensive? Says:

Just because someone doesn't agree with you (and feels that there should be an emphasis on helping yidden out of work, yidden who are hungry, single parents without enough resources to provide for their children etc., ) doesn't mean that this person is on drugs. Come on, sisnce when did it become so cool to be nasty to a fellow yid?

Its not the sentiment of wanting to help yidden that is the problem. It is a matter of perspective.

The most downtrodden American is still in far better shape than any of these people... by a very wide margin.

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 Jan 17, 2010 at 08:28 PM Alan Says:

We are ALL Haitians now...Our children, our partners, our parents...Let's help our families NOW! Contribute what you can, funds, time, skills, stuff, food, water...what ever you can...and yes, do not neglect our own Jewish communities, turn your attention and skills home as soon as you can.

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 Jan 17, 2010 at 08:49 PM give us a break please Says:

#4- #16 your points are well taken but if you will look carefully, included above, I see are some of our most dedicated and effective community organizations with some of their most tireless askonim always out working on our behalf. I would have a harder time accepting the premise of this assistance if it had come from those not active in klal work but if you look at the roster assembled above, it appears that some of our most benevolent and generous askonim are part of this group as well. Sure we are lucky and spoiled frankly to have dozens of community organizations doing great work work for our community but this gathering and effort seems not change that at all. The work always continues but today was a day to show the Hatian community that the Jewish community feelds their pain. I think we have lots to be proud of and I applaud this effort. By the gratitude of the officials it is obvious that the goal was achieved.

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 Jan 17, 2010 at 09:15 PM Anonymous Says:

Where are the thousands of Jews, Haiti helped escape during the holocaust. Maybe we should now be adopting Haitian babies because it'll be a grand kiddush Hashem.

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 Jan 17, 2010 at 09:29 PM Expatriate Owl Says:

Reply to #22  
Anonymous Says:

You definitely fit the definition of Shoteh. The computers were donated to the Haitian community. Is there a Rov who holds that Haitians should not use the internet?

If the Internet is such a poisionous evil negative influence, is it not a chillul HaShem to facilitate its use by others?

Would you say that the Agudath Israel and COJO should donate bordellos to the Haitians because there is no Rov who holds that Haitians should not patronize prostitutes? Would you say that the AI and COJO should donate condoms to the Haitians because there is no Rov who holds that Haitians should not use condoms? What about counterfeit money? Has any Rov held that Haitians should not use counterfeit money?

Whether or not I fit the definition of a Shoteh is irrelevant, because what I see, and what is in plain view, is that the AI / COJO leadership, which is on record multiple times as coming out against the Internet (to the point of excluding children from yeshiva if their parents have Internet connections at home), is actually facilitating the use of the Internet. This sends a mixed message, and further exacerbates the AI's leadership crisis and credibility issues.

[And maybe if YOU were not such a shoteh, you would realize that the posting was made ON THE INTERNET, and therefore my denigration of the Internet must either be hypocritical or sarcastic.].

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 Jan 17, 2010 at 10:08 PM Charlie Hall Says:

Reply to #21  
Anonymous Says:

People there knew these questions were going to come out. I was not there myself nor can I speak for anyone else but i am one thousand percent sure that the leaders in our community asked the shailos of what is right and what is wrong.


Do you realize that Haiti helped thousands of yidden escape the Nazis and this is something which is never talked about because 99.99999% of jews throughout the world don't even know about unless they look up the history or ask survivors who know the deep history between the Haitian community and the jewish community.

They helped us then and now we are helping them for the pure right of humanity.

There are not enough words for me to describe my disgust with people who think this is crazy. A kiddish hashem outwieghts anything else and this is why your not our godol and someone who we ask our shailos too.

It is true we have plenty of our own problems but what have YOU done to help out our own situations?

I don't know if the numbers were in the "thousands" but Haiti was indeed one of the very few countries in the world that took in ANY Jews from Europe in the late 1930s. It also supported the UN vote to create a Jewish State in 1947 and opposed the "Zionism is Racism" resolution in 1975.

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 Jan 17, 2010 at 10:10 PM Charlie Hall Says:

Reply to #29  
Anonymous Says:

Where are the thousands of Jews, Haiti helped escape during the holocaust. Maybe we should now be adopting Haitian babies because it'll be a grand kiddush Hashem.

Most of Haiti's Jews left after the war because of the terrible poverty in that country. Only about 50 remained before the earthquake.

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 Jan 17, 2010 at 10:11 PM Charlie Hall Says:

Reply to #31  
Expatriate Owl Says:

If the Internet is such a poisionous evil negative influence, is it not a chillul HaShem to facilitate its use by others?

Would you say that the Agudath Israel and COJO should donate bordellos to the Haitians because there is no Rov who holds that Haitians should not patronize prostitutes? Would you say that the AI and COJO should donate condoms to the Haitians because there is no Rov who holds that Haitians should not use condoms? What about counterfeit money? Has any Rov held that Haitians should not use counterfeit money?

Whether or not I fit the definition of a Shoteh is irrelevant, because what I see, and what is in plain view, is that the AI / COJO leadership, which is on record multiple times as coming out against the Internet (to the point of excluding children from yeshiva if their parents have Internet connections at home), is actually facilitating the use of the Internet. This sends a mixed message, and further exacerbates the AI's leadership crisis and credibility issues.

[And maybe if YOU were not such a shoteh, you would realize that the posting was made ON THE INTERNET, and therefore my denigration of the Internet must either be hypocritical or sarcastic.].

No, there is no chilul HaShem to use the internet to help save lives. Pikuach nefesh not only overrides Shabat, it overrides tzniut.

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 Jan 17, 2010 at 10:11 PM Charlie Hall Says:

Reply to #27  
Alan Says:

We are ALL Haitians now...Our children, our partners, our parents...Let's help our families NOW! Contribute what you can, funds, time, skills, stuff, food, water...what ever you can...and yes, do not neglect our own Jewish communities, turn your attention and skills home as soon as you can.

Amen. Thank you to our leaders for facilitating a kiddush HaShem.

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 Jan 18, 2010 at 12:51 AM PR Stunt Says:

This is ridiculous. This tragedy happened last week which is EONS ago in a disaster recovery. The OU together with Americn Joint Jewish Distribution immediately leveraged its worldwide network to help the Haitian people. No need for extensive photo ops with politicians and community organizers et al like Agudah and these Chasidishe Orgs today. If they wanted to help Haiti they would have joined the OU effort lishma not create a media PR event for what will amount to a drop in the proverbial bucket. Why are we so ready to kvell over ourselves and embarrass ourselves with these media designed pr events. Get Real!! Rabosai, stop patting yourselves on the back for your staged kiddush Hashem, show some Achdus and Follow the lead and Join the ou effort.

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 Jan 18, 2010 at 12:59 AM David L Says:

I am impressed that even the commenters who question whether this was the best course of action by the Agudah still say that it was a kiddush Hashem.
How come the story about the OU trying to get Jews to help out Haiti generated many angry comments about how the OU was going against halacha, but when the Agudah does the same thing as the OU there is only respect? Either it is against halacha or it is not. Why aren’t the people who bashed the OU bashing Agudah?

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 Jan 18, 2010 at 01:46 AM Just wondering Says:

Reply to #9  
Anonymous Says:

there is nothing to reread .you live in the backwoods.there's hundreds of chesed organizations all over,hatzolah, hachnoses kalleh, gemachs, chavairim, shomrim, hachnoses orchim..ec etc you must be on drugs

SIGH. When people like you have nothing constructive to discuss & only want to be offensive & show your true ignorance, you stoop to petty & irrelevant (NOT TO MENTION, UNTRUE) insults.

But just to put some perspective on my last post, I'll answer you.

I live in Brooklyn (backwoods??) I am not on drugs...I neither drink nor smoke (but I confess to an addiction to chocolate.) I can't be in Hatzalah because I am a woman. However, I work with many different Chessed organizations & I "facilitate" women (mainly) in trying to get professional & Rabbinical help for their situations; I suppose you could call me a "counselor", although you would probably call me some rather insulting names. Rabbonim actually send people to me for help. I never asked them to & I never knew they knew anything about me.

So yes, I guess I really don't know anything about anything, do I? I certainly don't know much about world affairs so how could I possibly understand the horrors my neighbors are going through every single day?

As I look at this I am impressed with the FRUM response to the tragedy & amused by the great photo op for our local big-wigs. Why does it take a mammoth tragedy to get them moving?

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 Jan 18, 2010 at 06:53 AM Out of Africa Says:

For the record: Wapedia - a branch of Wikipedia - has an exhaustive list of individuals and countries who saved Jews during the Holocaust and there is no mention of any Haitians, though there is mention of those from the Dominican Republic, the other half of the island, who saved numerous Jews.

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 Jan 18, 2010 at 10:03 AM chaim Says:

In the summer of 1991, Jews were under attack in the Crown Heights progrom. Police were ordered to allow the Haitian antisemites to kill, maim and burn down Jewish homes. The State government as well refused to send in national guards.
Jewish property was destroyed, now 19 years later in Parshas Veayra- the parsha of the makkos-Haiti was struck by the G-d of Israel.
The riots ended in 1991 after 4 days when Hashem caused a revolution in Haiti, all the haitians in Brooklyn forgot about the Jews and marched over the Brooklyn Bridge to protest for the safety of their family in Haiti.
No Jewish group spoke for the jews in Crown Heights, lets sit and watch how Hashem revenges our enemies. In Egypt Jews waited 209 years for revenge of the makkos and we only had to wait 19 years. Perhaps its because yankel rosenbaums killer got only 19 years jail.

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 Jan 18, 2010 at 01:56 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #40  
chaim Says:

In the summer of 1991, Jews were under attack in the Crown Heights progrom. Police were ordered to allow the Haitian antisemites to kill, maim and burn down Jewish homes. The State government as well refused to send in national guards.
Jewish property was destroyed, now 19 years later in Parshas Veayra- the parsha of the makkos-Haiti was struck by the G-d of Israel.
The riots ended in 1991 after 4 days when Hashem caused a revolution in Haiti, all the haitians in Brooklyn forgot about the Jews and marched over the Brooklyn Bridge to protest for the safety of their family in Haiti.
No Jewish group spoke for the jews in Crown Heights, lets sit and watch how Hashem revenges our enemies. In Egypt Jews waited 209 years for revenge of the makkos and we only had to wait 19 years. Perhaps its because yankel rosenbaums killer got only 19 years jail.

I like the way you think! You make a very good point, it really is a big irony, isn't it? But that's Jews for you...always running to help yenem but where are they when we need help ourselves? You're right, apart from a few politicians looking for free publicity nobody gives a damn about Jews in Brooklyn, especially us in Crown Heights.

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 Jan 18, 2010 at 02:55 PM Allan Says:

#40 there is No question that the riots of late summer 1991 were horrible acts of violence committed by people of color against an innocent Jewish and white community. I also must add that then Mayor Dinkins did nothing for three days and that former Governor Coumo also did not do his part by not bringing in armed National Guardsmen. That said where you and I may not agree is that the Haitians were but a small part of the people who were rioting...many other groups of people of color were in that savage mix of hate against not just Jews alone but anyone white.
As one who has had and continues to have contact with people of a Haitian background...some on whom are great and some of whom are not... I ask is it wrong for us to turn our backs on their plight in their hour of need? I too found the pictures of the Israeli rescuers in Haiti to be fine examples to the world that we are a people who inspite of all the beatings that the world imposes on us will be there when others need help. I just hope that in NYC the people of color remember who helped them and that the rest of the world watches also and takes note!

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 Jan 18, 2010 at 08:38 PM Shmuel Says:

Reply to #40  
chaim Says:

In the summer of 1991, Jews were under attack in the Crown Heights progrom. Police were ordered to allow the Haitian antisemites to kill, maim and burn down Jewish homes. The State government as well refused to send in national guards.
Jewish property was destroyed, now 19 years later in Parshas Veayra- the parsha of the makkos-Haiti was struck by the G-d of Israel.
The riots ended in 1991 after 4 days when Hashem caused a revolution in Haiti, all the haitians in Brooklyn forgot about the Jews and marched over the Brooklyn Bridge to protest for the safety of their family in Haiti.
No Jewish group spoke for the jews in Crown Heights, lets sit and watch how Hashem revenges our enemies. In Egypt Jews waited 209 years for revenge of the makkos and we only had to wait 19 years. Perhaps its because yankel rosenbaums killer got only 19 years jail.

Right on, Chaim! Couldn't agree more!

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 Jan 19, 2010 at 02:36 PM Anonymous Says:

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mm Says:

very nice, but i question if this has more preference than many yeshivas in OUROWN COMMUNITY can barely stay open

do you stop and think before you write, theres a big diffrence between yeehivas staying open and 3.5 milion people with no food to eat water to drink or roof over their heads stop being so selfconcious and only think of the jews, hashem created a whole world and billions of people not just lakewood and the mirrer we all have a responsibility to help our fellow humans when their in distress

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