A Brooklyn reception was hosted Wednesday for Mr. David L. Myers, Director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives from Washington DC, Nancy Turnbull of FEMA – New York, and Mr. Ken Curtin – voluntary Agency Liaison FEMA Region II, to introduce them to the needs of the Chasidic communities, and assist the federal government in planning in the event of a disaster.
The reception, which took place at the Crown Heights Community Council, was chaired by Rabbi Eli Cohen, Executive Director of the CHJCC.
Some of the vital issues that were discussed at the event were for an introspection of the Chassidic Community at large, and the specific needs of each group’s concern regarding security and immigration.
In attendance were Crown Heights community representatives Rabbi Eli Slavin, Community Liaison for Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke of the 11th District, NY, and Board Members of the CHJCC – Rabbi Chanina Sperlin, Mr. Zev Cadaner, and Eli Poltorak, Esq.
Representing other communities were Rabbi Joseph Hershkowitz, of Satmar of Brooklyn and Monroe, Rabbi Issac Abraham, Community Activist of Williamsburg, Rabbi Shlomo Toron, UCS of Brooklyn, Rabbi Gary Guttman of Bobov, and Rabbi Yosef Savoy of East New York and Harlem.
Senator Eric L. Adams, Chairman of Homeland Security of New York, stopped in to welcome the guests, and spoke highly of the Chassidic Communities.
The reception was coordinated by Rabbi Menachem M. Shagalov.