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Walking down Oak Drive in Far Rockaway on a sunny fall day, it’s briefly hard to remember the devastation that hurricane Sandy inflicted on this and the surrounding areas, but the upended trees and load growl of generators bring back reality. This is a community in crisis. more
The end of summer is a time of campaigns, when we are faced with back to school mania, primary elections, purchasing High Holiday seats, checking to make sure we have flood insurance against Nor’easters so powerful they make Irene look like a trickle. The weeks of comfort dwindle as we count off Re’eh, Shoftim, Ki Teitze… like stations on a train line as we approach our final destination, where our deeds are held to account. more
On Monday afternoon, eight-year-old Leiby Kletzky left his Borough Park summer camp for a three-block walk to his mother. He disappeared into the streetscape and thousands of Jews mobilized to search for the boy. The massive search brought together the Shomrim, Chaveirim, Hatzolah, NYPD and FBI, and some 3,000 additional volunteers from as far as Lakewood, to find Kletzky, even as thousands more prayed for his safety. The search ended with a gruesome find of body parts stuffed into a trash container in Park Slope on early Wednesday morning. more
In the space of one day, over 5,000 people clicked on The Jewish Star’s website to read about how the Five Towns and Far Rockaway Jewish community helped stranded El Al passengers at JFK airport. … more
Issue of September 17, 2010/ 9 Tishrei 5771There is no shortage of sad stories in the newspaper business; no shortage of bad things happening to people and no shortage of things we’d rather not … more
After the death of her husband from cancer, the young widow was confronted with yet another catastrophe: bills were … more
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