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Coney Island synagogue hands out kosher food to Jewish community in wake of hate incidents

A Brooklyn synagogue decided to spread kindness Sunday in the aftermath of the hateful attacks that have recently targeted the Jewish community.

News 12 Staff

Jan 5, 2020, 11:56 PM

Updated 1,628 days ago

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A Brooklyn synagogue decided to spread kindness Sunday in the aftermath of the hateful attacks that have recently targeted the Jewish community.
The Warbasse Jewish Heritage Congregation in Coney Island handed out kosher food to members of the Jewish community in need.
Rabbi David Okunov, who headed the event, said he wanted to bring some good to the community in a time where anti-Semitic incidents have been on a rise.
"The way you take away the darkness is not by fighting with the darkness, but by striking one match and doing one deed of kindness,” Rabbi Okunov said.
Rabbi Okunov is a member of Chabad Lubavitch, the house of worship in Crown Heights that saw one of those anti-Semitic incidents recently. He organized the food drive that can feed more than 500 families.
A Holocaust survivor was among those helping at the event. Helen Haberman shared some of her story of the time she was held in a concentration camp in her early teens.
Now nearly 90 years old, Haberman says she is saddened by the recent attacks on Jewish people.
“I’m hurt. I'm very hurt. I cried yesterday. I am very, very hurt,” Haberman said.
But now Haberman and Rabbi Okunov want the hate to stop and for there to be more unity.
"In Hebrew, shalom... shalom means peace for everyone," Haberman emphasized.
Both Haberman and Rabbi Okunov believe they can get rid of the hate by fighting evil with a bit of good.


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