The Struggles Of 9/11
Are Not Over
The New York Times reported on September 12 that the U.S. embassy in Cairo issued a statement, prior to “the start of the protests here and in Libya,” that “condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims—as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions.’”
The Times article ended with the report that the Cairo embassy “later condemned the ‘unjustified breach of our embassy.’” The Times report, by David Kirkpatrick, noted, in the second paragraph:
“On the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, the assaults [on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and the American embassy in Cairo] were a violent reminder that the changes sweeping the region have hardly dispelled the rage against the United States that still smolder in pockets around the Arab world.”
This was as close as The Times came, on September 12, to suggesting that the attacks in Cairo and Benghazi might have been coordinated and intended as commemoration of 9/11, and nearly four years after the election of President Obama, by a still smoldering anti-American “Arab world.”
Israel And Obama
I read your article about Obama and his “rabbis” (“Those Rabbis for Obama,” August 31). I would like to request that you urge your readers to vote for Romney/Ryan. It amazes me, but even some frum people either plan to vote for Obama or not to vote at all. Many people are not at all educated about politicians and are just really naive. My friend told me she has Chabadnik friends who like Obama! I myself know at least two frum people who voted for him last time.
I know you are very influential and maybe if you do some urging in the paper you will change someone’s mind. People should also be made aware of the movie “2016: Obama’s America,” which is currently playing in theaters and is an extremely well made documentary.
A Lesson From
This Shabbos marks the fifth yahrzeit of our dear brother Menachem, a’h. Menachem was someone who was loved and admired by many individuals in our community. Many expressed their awe at what he was able to accomplish despite the challenges he faced. However, it was specifically his challenges that motivated him to achieve. I recall a conversation in which he was comparing his attitude to that of the general yeshiva bachur. During a z’man in which he was able to learn and participate fully, he would feel obligated to utilize every moment for learning and davening, because he couldn’t be guaranteed this same opportunity the next z’man. It was his realization that each moment must be utilized that enabled him to achieve greatness. As Rosh Hashanah approaches, we can learn from Menachem to live each day and each year to the fullest, and appreciate the health and blessings that we have been granted.
His loving sisters
Setting The Record Straight On JCC Purchase
After reading article after article in the local papers about the JCC’s attempt to purchase the #6 School from District 15, I feel it is time to set the record straight.
On November 1, 2011, the JCC of the Greater Five Towns submitted a bid to purchase the school for $7.750 million. On February 8, 2012, we increased our bid to $9.1 million, each time submitting all the necessary paperwork and financial documents. We had hoped the school board would consider all that a full-service community center brings to the entire community and not just the actual purchase price. Again, on May 4, 2012, the JCC increased their offer to $10.1 million and then again on June 1, 2012. Our offer to purchase the #6 School now stands at $10.5 million.
We were requested to provide the school board with a one-million-dollar deposit as a show of good faith, which we did in the form of a certified check, and recently the one million dollars was returned to us. We were told that the school board was putting the sale on hold for the time being.
A full-service community center would enhance the lives of the residents of the Five Towns and surrounding communities by allowing the JCC to expand their much-needed programs and services, bringing additional jobs into the neighborhood, housing many local organizations all under one roof, and act as a central meeting place for large-scale events or celebrations.
We met during July with the real-estate committee of the School District 15 school board and had fruitful discussions.
It is our hope that a final decision will be forthcoming in the near future.
Dr. Kenneth L. Berman
Chairman of the Board
JCC of the Greater Five Towns