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Frum State Senator Leads Push to Stop Bag Tax

New York State Senator Simcha Felder was joined at City Hall by Senators Marty Golden and Tony Avella, Assemblyman Michael Cusick, and other colleagues on both sides of the aisle today to call on Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council to stop a regressive tax on plastic bags slated to begin next month. The legislators called the five-cent tax on each disposable plastic bag a bad deal for working- and middle-class New Yorkers, and another example of government “nickel and diming” taxpayers and their families.

Rep. Yvette Clarke to Boycott Trump Inauguration

At least 26 Democratic lawmakers have announced that they will boycott Donald Trump‘s inauguration on Friday, following the lead of civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), who said he considers Trump’s presidency to be illegitimate. Among those boycotting the event is Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY), whose district includes Crown Heights.

From Jamaica to Jerusalem with Love

Rabbi Menachem Kutner, Director of Chabad’s Terror Victims Project (CTVP), was joined by Rabbi Yaakov Yosef Raskin, Chabad Shaliach from Jamaica, and his wife, Mushka, in a visit of comfort and encouragement to the IDF soldiers still hospitalized following the horrific truck terror attack that took place in southern Jerusalem on Sunday, January 8.

Video: Warm Greeting Leads to New World

Sarah Encaoua, a recent graduate from York University in Toronto who recently moved to Crown Heights, shares an inspiring story that she experienced. “I couldn’t resist and make a video out of it,” she said, “for it was something real and so moving. I was inspired, moved, in awe, every step of the way and wanted you to feel the same.”

‘Ordinary Woman’ Becomes Heroine to Soviet Refugees

The Rebbe’s call to reach out to every Jew and help them with both their spiritual and material needs has energized his chassidim.  Very often, ordinary chassidim reached beyond what they thought possible to find the means to fulfill this ideal.  Every chossid is a shliach, even if he does not bear the official title. One person who stands out in this area is Mrs. Reitza Kosofsky, founder of F.R.E.E. in Chicago.

ULY Holds Annual Chinese Auction Event

Hundreds of women turned out Sunday evening for the auction and evening of entertainment benefiting Lubavitcher Yeshiva. Following the Chinese auction viewing, which was complimented by delicious hot food from a number of popular local restaurants, the crowdwas entertained by the music of Sarah Dukes and heard and inspiring talk from Mrs. Rivkah Slonim.

Update: List of Chinese auction winners in the extended article.

8:00pm: How Does the Torah Truly View Women?

This week’s edition of MyLife: Chassidus Applied with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, Episode 146, will air tonight, Sunday, here on CrownHeights.info, beginning at 8:00pm. This week Rabbi Jacobson will address the topics: How Does the Torah Truly View Women? Is “Tracht Gut Vet Zein Gut” the Answer to Every Hardship? What’s Wrong with Whistling? At What Point is it Okay to Quit My Job? Is the Choice to Vaccinate Children a Personal Decision?