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Thursday, April 21, 2011

A UNITED COMMUNITY CELEBRATES THE SEDER WITH SURVIVORS OF ABUSE WITH A MESSAGE OF UNITY AND TEARS OF JOY

HUNDREDS OF SURVIVORS OF ABUSE ATTENDED A EMOTIONAL SEDER WHICH WAS HELD THIS PASSOVER IN BROOKLYN WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF A UNITED COMMUNITY WHO JOINED IN ALONG WITH THE SURVIVORS IN GIVING STRENGTH AND LOVE IN A HISTORIC   UNTY SEDER.THE SEDER WAS PREEMPTED BY A PRAYER SERVICE IN THE HISTORIC BNEI ISRAEAL OF LINDEN HEIGHTS SHUL LED BY THE GREAT CANTOR LEDERMAN AND RABBI GERSHON TANNENBAUM WHO HOSTED THIS EVENT WITH OPEN HANDS AND WITH  COMMITMENT TO SUPPORT AND PROVIDE THE MUCH NEEDED SUPPORT THAT HAS EMPOWERED THEM TO OVERCOME THEIR SUFFERING WITH A NEW RENEWAL.
THE BALLROOM WAS PACKED WITH CONGREGANTS .VICTIMS ,SURVIVORS AND A CROSS SECTION OF THE JEWISH COMMUNITY IN THE TRI STATE AREA
THE TENSION AND ENERGY IN THE ROOM WAS EVIDENT AS RABBI YITCHOK RUBIN BEGAN THE SEDER WITH THE SINGING OF LEMAN ACHI VEREA. TEARS OF JOY WAS FLOWING AS ALL THE ATTENDEES HELD HANDS AND DECLARED THAT FREEDOM  FROM PAIN HAS ARRIVED. IN A DECLARATION OF HOPE ALL ATTENDEES PLEDGED THAT AS A UNITED COMMUNITY WE WILL DO MORE TO HELP ALL THOSE WHO ARE SUFFERING TO ENGAGE IN A A NEW LIFE OF HAPPINESS SUCCESS AND FINALLY BE FREE.
DOZENS OF VOLUNTEERS ACROSS THE COMMUNITY HELPED PREPARE AND ORGANIZE THESE SEDERS, IZZY APPEL, YANKI LIEDER, NYC POLICE DEPT,  MAMONDIES HOSPITAL HELPED ENSURE THE SUCESS OF THE PROGRAM

A SPECIAL THANKS TO THE SPONSORS  THE VOICE OF JUSTICE LED BY MARK MEYER APPEL,MAMONDIES HOSPITAL SACRED LIVES.JEWISH BOARD OF ADVOCATES.RABBINICAL ALLIANCE,BIKUR CHOLIM,YASHER KOACH-SUPPORT THE VICTIMS,  AND C.A.L.A NY LED BY MS ANNE KAY  WHO HELPED COOK AND PREPARE ALL THE FOOD AS WELL AS  MR WILLIAM RAPFOGEL OF THE METROPOLITAN COUNCIL OF JEWISH POVERTY FOR SUPPLING ALL THE DELICIOUS FOOD AND SAMS BAKERY OF DAVIE FLORIDA FOR THE GREAT DESSERTS.     THE VOICE OF JUSTICE WILL CONTINUE TO EXPAND THESE SERVICES TO THIS UNDERSERVED  POULATION AND WILL BEGIN  A YEAR ROUND  SUPPORT NETWORK WITH A  WHOLE RANGE OF SERVICES IN THE COMMING MONTHS . WE LOOK FORWARD TO A NEW ERA WHEN  THOSE WHO ARE IN NEED WILL NEVER BE ABANDONED AND  BECOME PART OF THE EXTENDED JEWISH COMMUNITY SAID,MARK MEYER APPEL PRESIDENT OF THE VOICE OF JUSTICE         FOR INFORMATION      PLEASE CALL V.O.J AT   1  800  621  8551

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Victims of domestic violence, sex assaults will share in Passover Seder  dinner in Brooklyn sponsored by The Voice of Justice and C.A.L.A 

Sunday, April 17th 2011, 4:00 AM
Survivors of domestic violence, sex assaults and child abuse will celebrate Passover together in a special Seder dinner.
Menahem Kahana/Getty
Survivors of domestic violence, sex assaults and child abuse will celebrate Passover together in a special Seder dinner.
The Passover spirit of freedom has a whole new meaning for crime victims putting together a special Seder where they will share stories about abuse, during the holy dinner.
Survivors of domestic violence, sex assaults and child abuse will pack into the B'nai Israel of Linden Heights synagogue on Ninth Ave. in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn Monday and Tuesday night.
Passover honors the Israelite slaves' escape from Egypt with a 15-step meal called a Seder where stories of bondage are mixed in with the matzo.
Organizer Annie Kay, 33, spent the past month preparing to feed 500 victims and their families, explaining that the horror of living through a crime is no different than the nightmare of being a slave. "They need a family. The rabbis want to keep it so it looks like crimes in our community don't happen," said Kay, a Hasidic Jew who changed her name after launching the Coalition Against Legal Abuse in New York back in February.
The Jewish law of mesira prohibits a Jew from snitching to cops on another Jew but some rabbis give a pass depending on the crime. Still, if a victim comes forward in one of the city's insular Orthodox Jewish communities, families are usually shunned at schools, synagogues and work.
A Borough Park woman named Chaya, 22, said her dad used to beat her with metal coat hangers when she was a kid. "I have a feeling for people hurt by abuse," said Chaya, who spent the week peeling potatoes in preparation for the two big meals. "I want to help others have a comfortable life."
So far, 386 cooked chickens are sitting in fridges along with 14 pounds of coleslaw and 50 pounds of gefilte fish. "It doesn't matter how many people will come. We will feed everybody," said Kay. "We want more people to feel empowered to speak out.Mark Meyer Appel  Director of The voice of Justice  sponsor of the event said this is the first event of this kind in the city showing unity and support for all the victims and we look forward to a great happy seder
sweichselbaum@nydailynews.com

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Friday, April 15, 2011

LAST MINUTE SEATS AVAILABLE FOR THIS HISTORIC SEDER LED BY RABBIS YITZ RUBIN,RABBI MOTTI,MARK MEYER APPEL,AND THE GREAT HOST MS ANNIE KAY CALL NOW 1 800 958 2904 TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT A SWEET PESACH TO ALL

Food Preparations for Freedom Seder Yields Healing to Salvation for Survivors

The Freedom Seder for survivors of abuse, is the brainchild of the Voices of Justice, and has taken off with an emotional and overwhelming response. Donations for food, and donations for money from all over America are simply awe inspiring. During this season of Galus-to-Geulah (from captivity to salvation), survivors have joined together and bonded over the preparations, which continue to be gargantuan.
As the potatoes were peeled and the onions were chopped, emotions of long suppressed feelings of shame, anger, and abandonment by loved ones and the community resurfaced, but in a new healthy way. As the kugels were baking and the horseradish was flavored, the friendships and feelings of acceptance have taken root.
This event would not have been possible if Sherree wouldn’t have offered her magnificent commercial-sized kitchen in Lawrence. With enough room for everyone to command their own counter space, and an unlimited variety of kosher for Passover equipment and paraphernalia, this preparation is a pure culinary treat. Along with the therapeutic properties of interpersonal connections and validations, this first annual event has blossomed into something larger than life.
A special Yasher Koach to Bina who arranged a carpool for the volunteers, and for Rivkie who offered to tackle the 6 cases of chicken, with a smile! Yasher Koach to Yanky and Motty, for peeling and chopping vegetables, that took two van-rides to get to Lawrence!

YASHER KOACH TO MS ANNIE  for making pan after pan of kugel and stuff and cordinating the entire cooking and shopping. Yasher koach Shmuel  and yanki for schlepping and driving, smiling and patiently waiting. What a zechus!