YWN was given the following joint statement by Senator Simcha Felder, Assembly Members Rodneyse Bichotte & Simcha Eichenstein and Council Members Farah Louis, Chaim Deutsch & Kalman Yeger regarding the East Midwood Jewish Center:
Last evening, hundreds of our neighbors attended a community meeting about the potential lease between the East Midwood Jewish Center and Urban Dove Charter School. We are grateful to all who took the time to come out and express their concerns.
Prior to the community meeting, the six of us met with the leadership of East Midwood and Urban Dove to express our concerns about this potential lease. The Rabbi Harry Halpern Day School building has a long and cherished history in our community as a center for Jewish and spiritual learning. We are concerned that this long and cherished history might come to an end.
We asked East Midwood and Urban Dove to work with us to find a suitable religious school to locate in the Jewish Center’s school building. We believe that is the most appropriate solution and the most fitting legacy to the memory of Rabbi Halpern. Over the next few weeks, we are committed to working with East Midwood, Urban Dove and our community leaders to try to find a resolution.
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