News Briefs: Neighbors Protest Brooklyn Matzah Factory, Abington Friends Coach Honored, and More


All Boys Jewish High School in NJ Raises $617K in 24 Hours

Foxman Torah Institute of Cherry Hill announced that it raised $617,321 during a 24-hour fundraising campaign, topping a goal of $613,000. A similar campaign last year more than $500,000 for the school.

There were 1,281 donors who contributed more than $157,000 — an amount matched by a group of about 30 donors on a three-to-one basis. The school used the crowdfunding platform Charidy to conduct its campaign.

Teachers, students, parents, alumni, board members and community members all participated in the campaign by calling, texting, emailing, WhatsApping and posting the donation link.

KleinLife Receives $50K Grant for Meals Program

The W.W. Smith Charitable Trust of West Conshohocken awarded KleinLife a $50,000 grant for the RSVP Philadelphia Home Delivered Meals program.

The money will go toward additional food, ingredients, food preparation and packaging supplies for seniors living in Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery counties who can’t shop or cook for themselves.

RSVP Philadelphia provides 70,000 meals annually.

Abington Friends Coach Honored For Cancer Program Support

Abington Friends School Head Basketball Coach Steve Chadwin received the Charley Dinsmore Survivor Award on March 12 for supporting the Coaches vs. Cancer in Philadelphia program.

Chadwin, a member of the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, was honored at the 20th annual Coaches vs. Cancer of Philadelphia Tournament Tip-Off Breakfast at the Palestra.

Chadwin has coached at Abington Friends since 1979, winning 16 Friends School League championships.

Neighbors Protest Brooklyn Matzah Factory

Residents of the Williamsburg neighborhood in Brooklyn protested on March 4 against Congregation Satmar’s matzah factory, according to

Members of the South 5th Street Block Association contend that the factory produces toxic coal smoke — and that residents have to wear masks to reach the subway. They said they have complained to the city for seven years. The factory burns coal and wood to bake the matzah.

Factory employees declined to speak with the television station’s reporters, although a neighbor spoke in support.

“These people are here just to make a fuss,” Yiddi Werberger said. “There’s no problem here. It’s all clean wood and coal.”

Holocaust Museum Strips Human Rights Award from Myanmar Leader

A human rights award named after Elie Wiesel was stripped from Myanmar civilian leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, The New York Times reported.

The museum said it was removing the award because she did not stop or recognize the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya Muslim majority in Myanmar.

“We had hoped that you — as someone we and many others have celebrated for your commitment to human dignity and universal human rights — would have done something to condemn and stop the military’s brutal campaign and to express solidarity with the targeted Rohingya population,” the museum said in a letter to Aung San Suu Kyi.

Aung Sab Suu Kyi received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012, the same year she won the museum’s award. She spent 15 years under house arrest for opposing Myanmar’s military dictatorship.


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