November 16, 2018

Motherhood 101 – Dangerous Roads

My son got his learner’s permit the very first day he was able. He made an appointment at the DMV, found the driving school he wanted to use, and started to look for cars. He was excited to drive, and had saved his Bar Mitzvah money to buy a car. He had a plan and stuck to it. I was happy for him to have reached the milestone, but have been terrified from the first day he drove. That daily fear continues today and will be there for the rest of my life.

When I gave Charlie driving lessons he called me “Howler Mom” because he said I screamed like a howler monkey when he drove. I did. It is horrible when your baby starts to drive. He is thankfully a great driver, but it is not just your child you worry about when they take the car out, but rather the maniacs they share the road with. Driving is a big deal and a mom never stops worrying about it. I cannot really sleep until I know he is home safe. Driving is a major stress point that comes with motherhood.

Last week Charlie was driving on the 405 freeway and noticed a box spring in the middle of the lane next to his. A car came up on that lane and tried to avoid hitting it, but managed to clip the box spring, and sent is flying. The airborne box spring then crashed into the front of Charlie’s car. He is lucky he did not lose control of the car, or get in an accident, or have it go through the front windshield. He was shaken but safe.

His car was totaled, but thank God he is okay. The car that he bought with his Bar Mitzvah money, the car he has treated like a baby for 6 six years, is headed to the junkyard and he is sad to see the poor girl go. I have been on edge since it happened because you just never know what can happen. Things can literally come out of nowhere and change everything. The scariest part is that you can’t prepare for it.

This weekend I bought my baby a new baby. It is not the car of his dreams, but that is a car he will buy for himself one day. I bought him a safe and reliable used car, and he is both happy and appreciative. I am counting my blessings he is okay and thankful to his old car for keeping him safe. You just never know what will happen, so be safe out there. I am counting my blessings, saying thanks, and keeping the faith.


Reducing the Number of Seniors Involved in Serious Car Wrecks

Approximately one-tenth of all licensed drivers in the U.S. are senior citizens. That might not seem like a large number but when you consider that there are various senior communities clustered together in the U.S., you can have thousands of seniors conglomerating on the road simultaneously. In enclaves in Florida, Brooklyn, Arizona, New Jersey, and Colorado, there are large groups of Jewish senior drivers in particular. Florida is a popular retirement destination, and it is also a state that has a high number of uninsured motorists. Seniors can be more susceptible to injuries in auto collisions because they heal slower and generally have more health issues than younger people.

So, how can Jewish seniors be protected from car accident injuries? A personal injury lawyer can rattle off statistics on leading causing of death in seniors and car accidents, but a real solution has to be put into place. Here is how members of the Jewish community can better protect their seniors from injury.

Analyze the Facts


The Center for Disease Control reports that over 200,000 senior citizens are injured a year as a result of being in car accidents. Sometimes they’re the passengers and other times they are the drivers, but just because a lot of seniors need emergency care as a result of a collision doesn’t mean that they’re at fault all the time. There’s also impaired drivers who have had too much to drink or insist on using their cell phones while operating vehicles. Then you have teen drivers who are a danger all on their own. If you have an older relative who is stubborn about driving everywhere, you can recount the facts and share why you’re being protective.

Offer Seniors a Ride


There are shuttle buses and paratransit that work to transport the elderly locally. Then, there is public transportation that can be used to help seniors get to their friends and relatives in other states. If anything, you can give your older Jewish relatives a ride to the store and insist that you take your senior neighbors on their errands if you’re worried about their safety.

Take Precautions When Driving Alongside Seniors


If you notice a motorist holding up traffic by driving too slowly in the left-hand lane and notice that a senior citizen is behind the wheel, you can cautiously and carefully pass by. Realize that many seniors have impaired motor functions, so they won’t react as quickly as younger drivers and they’re more likely to slam on their brakes instead of slowly slowing down. Seniors in Jewish communities and of other faiths can also be a hazard as they enter and exit traffic, so you can only do your best to avoid a crash. At the same time, if you truly believe that a senior is causing a serious hazard on the road then it is your civic duty to phone the police.

Seniors and even teens in Jewish communities and other neighborhoods can be difficult to contend with on the roads. With teens, there’s the issue of distracted and reckless driving. Older drivers might have impaired vision, hearing, and motor functions. Cut down on the number of Jewish seniors getting injured in car wrecks by spreading the word.

Fundraiser Launched For Marcus Freed

Photo from Jewcer.

Say the name “Marcus Freed” and many Jews in Los Angeles and beyond know exactly who he is.

The 42-year-old British-born actor, teacher and author has been living in Los Angeles for several years now. He’s a regular staple at Pico Shul and he’s reinvigorated many Jewish lives by using his artistic talents to allow people to connect with their Judaism.

From his Bibliyoga classes to his Kosher Karma Sutra books, his one man show about King Solomon, his Shabbat services at Pico Shul, his Soul Revival sessions or a myriad of his other Jewish and artistic endeavors, Freed is a much sought after teacher and educator as well as beloved by Jewish communities around the world.

On Nov 3, Freed was on his way home from synagogue near Olympic and Shenandoah/Sherbourne when he was hit by a car traveling at about 10 miles per hour.

In shock, Freed asked the driver to take him to his friend Metuka Daisy Lawrence’s house a few streets away. He never asked the driver for his details.

Lawrence told the Journal, “Marcus knocked on the door and said, ‘Hi, I’ve just been hit by a car.’” Despite insisting he felt fine, Lawrence said, “I told him we should get him checked out by a doctor and walked with him the four blocks to his apartment to get his medical card.” But once there, Lawrence suggested they call Hatzolah (the Jewish emergency service). “They were there within 90 seconds,” Lawrence said, “and one of them realized right away that something was wrong.”

Freed was rushed to Cedars Sinai Medical Center and underwent immediate brain surgery to stem bleeding in his brain. By Sunday morning he had been moved out of the ICU into a regular room. But on Tuesday morning he was back in surgery for a second attempt to stop the brain bleed. That surgery went well and if all goes to plan Freed could be out of the ICU within the next 12 hours.

Because Freed has only basic MediCal insurance, his close friend Audrey Jacobs, who is a crowd funder by profession, launched a campaign to raise $250,000 to cover Freed’s extensive medical costs. When Jewcer, the Jewish crowdfunding organization heard about Marcus’s plight they waived all their fees to host his fundraiser on their platform.

“I truly believe in the power of the crowd to fund ideas, to change people’s lives and help others in their time of need and I’m so grateful that Jewcer exists and did this for Marcus,” Jacobs said.

Within 48 hours almost $100,000 had been raised on the site. “That’s because people are truly inspired by who he is,” said Jacobs.

Throughout his ordeal, Freed has remained in great spirits and has been lucid. The nurses have been overwhelmed by how many visitors he’s received.

“It’s truly a miracle that he could have had two brain surgeries and be as lucid and charming as he always is  – joking and sharing his words of Torah – it comes from a real sense of gratitude from God,” Jacobs said.

Lawrence, who has known Freed for years, said of all Freed’s joking, “I told him ‘I know you love to perform, but you need to stop performing for your visitors so you can heal.’”

Following the accident, Freed’s parents – Jill and Barry – flew in from London on a one-way ticket and plan on staying here until Freed is ready to leave the hospital.

Speaking by telephone to the Journal from their son’s apartment – on a rare break from their hospital vigil – the couple said they are overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support.

“I don’t know how we would have got through the last four days without the amazing Pico Shul community and especially Metuka [Lawrence] who was there through the darkest hours,” said Jill.

“She saved his life,” Barry said.

“And the wonderful care he’s receiving at the hospital,” Jill added.

They’re also in awe of how much money has been raised for Freed’s medical bills. “We are very humbled and totally embarrassed,” said Jill. “It’s not our style to ask for anything. My immediate thought was, ‘We’re going to have to sell our home, but as long as [Marcus] lives that was the main thing.’”

Barry choked up speaking of all the donations that have come through the Jewcer site. “We saw donations from everything from $10 to $5,000 but we also saw people that donated $1 and that was the most moving thing for me. People were giving whatever they could.”

Were the Freed’s aware of how much of an impact their son has had on the community?

“No,” said Jill. “However much one loves their children or how proud they are, you don’t expect this.”

The couple was here two years ago for Freed’s 40th birthday and said they met all his friends and realized that he would be fine. “He had a new family here in Los Angeles,” Jill said. “There are so many people I’d like to name: Audrey and Metuka and Rabbi Yonah and Rachel Bookstein and Rabbi Levin.”

For now, the Freeds are focusing on one day at a time. “We’re hoping he’ll be out of hospital sooner rather than later,” said Jill. “We just want him settled back home and to put him back in the safe care of his Pico Shul community.”

“Please God, he’ll make a full recovery,” Barry said. “And we want to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts.”

To date, Freed’s prognosis is good but he has a long road ahead and the bills keep piling up. “We haven’t even got the ambulance bill yet,” said Barry.

You can donate to Freed’s recovery fund by going to

Lawrence is also asking everyone to pray for Freed. His Hebrew name is Harav Matisyahu Joel Baruch Ben Gitel.

“Pray for his speedy recovery,” said Lawrence. “Prayer really works.”

Hasidic camp bus crash in Pocono mountains injures at least 9

An accident involving a mini-bus bringing Jewish campers home from a trip in Pennsylvania injured at least nine teenagers.

The Brooklyn-bound bus flipped over and rolled onto its side around 2:30 a.m. Friday on Route 423 in the Pocono Mountains, News 12 Brooklyn reported.

The driver, identified as Bernard Zitroenbaum, 32, of Brooklyn, was uninjured according to the Times-Union. Zitroenbaum’s wife said the passengers were from Sanz Klausenberg Summer Camp in Woodbourne, New York, and had been on a trip.

Sanz-Klausenberg is a Hasidic sect, whose members live primarily in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn.

Zitroenbaum’s wife described the injuries as a broken foot and “a lot of bad scratches on the head.”

Crash kills three workers at Jewish camp in Pennsylvania

Three staff members of a Jewish camp in eastern Pennsylvania were killed when the van they were traveling in lost control and drove into a drainage pond near the camp just before 1 a.m. Thursday.

The two men and a woman, including the driver, were all seasonal workers at Camp Shoshanim, a summer camp for modern Orthodox girls associated with New Jersey Y Camps and located near Lake Como, Pennsylvania.

The victims, all Mexican nationals, were identified as Ana Rojas Lopez, 23; Diego Rivera Medrano, 22, and Ariel Jersam Galaviz Alvarez, 21. Another staff member is recovering in the hospital, and a fifth passenger was taken to the hospital and later released, according to a statement from camp directors

The staff members were preparing Camp Shoshanim and its sister camp, Camp Nesher, for its summer opening on June 29, according to the statement.

In the statement, sent to parents of incoming campers, Esther Staum Katz and Jeff Braverman said the camps “grieve the tragic loss of three members of our camp family.” The two are the directors, respectively, of Shoshanim and Nesher.

According to the statement, the staffers “had used a camp van for personal reasons without authorization, and we have been working with the authorities to clarify details surrounding the accident.”

In addition, the directors wrote, “We have spoken with the families of the staff involved in this very sad event and shared with them that they are in our thoughts and prayers, as well as in the thoughts and prayers of our entire camp community.”

Police are investigating the incident and, according to Newswatch 16, investigators said the van was going too fast to navigate a sharp turn in the road.

The chief of the Northern Wayne Fire Company told the station that rescue crews hooked up chains to the van and turned it upright, but could not save the three victims inside.

Convoy of U.S. ambassador to U.N., Samantha Power, hits and kills boy in Cameroon

A vehicle in the motorcade of the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations struck and killed a young boy in Cameroon on Monday during a visit to the Lake Chad region where countries have been targeted by the Boko Haram group.

Samantha Power, who is visiting Cameroon, Nigeria and Chad, said the boy was hit by a vehicle in a motorcade carrying U.S., U.N. and Cameroonian officials. Medics in the convoy treated him but he died of his injuries.

“I joined the (Cameroonian) governor of the area … the leading U.N. official who manages the humanitarian and development response and Ambassador Hoza, and we visited with the boy's family to offer our profound condolences,” she said in a speech.

Power also described meeting refugees and called for financial support from the international community to aid the development of areas battered by Boko Haram.

Cameroon, Nigeria and Chad are contributing forces to fight the group. Power has been scheduled to visit the region's Multinational Joint Task Force, which is staffed with troops from the three nations as well as Niger and Benin.

The United States has sent troops and drones and offered to send a special operations mission to the fight against Boko Haram, which has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and is believed to have killed 15,000 people.

YULA Girls School student said to have died in car accident

[UPDATE: Sept. 25, 8:20 a.m.] Rabbi Yisroel Levine of Chabad of Oak Park led the funeral service of Yeshiva of Los Angeles Girls High School (YULA) Tsofia Mesica, who died on Monday in an incident involving a car. 

“We’re told that kids were running around doing silly things with the car the way teenagers do and it was some kind of terrible accident,” Rabbi Shlomo Bistritzky of Chabad of the Conejo, who was also a participant in the service Thursday evening at Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuary, told the Journal.

The Mesica family belongs to Chabad of the Conejo.

The Mesica family is a “tremendous source of strength to the community with unshakable faith. It’s amazing how the community came together to share in their grief,” Bistritzky told the Journal.

Chava Tombosky’s daughter and Mesica were classmates at YULA. In an interview following the service, she said Mesica was “the friendliest, happiest, most social child.”

She was among hundreds of people, including high school students and faculty from YULA, YULA girls high school head of school Rabbi Abraham Lieberman among them, who attended the service.

[UPDATE: Sept. 24, 2:44 p.m.] The funeral for Yeshiva of Los Angeles Girls High School (YULA) student Tsofia Mesica, who died on Monday in an incident involving a car, is set for 4 p.m. today at Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuary, in Simi Valley. 

[UPDATE: Sept. 23, 7:24 a.m.] Los Angeles Police Department Valley Traffic Detective Bill Bustos described an investigation of an incident involving a car that impacted and killed a juvenile believed to be Tsofia Mesica of Yeshiva of Los Angeles Girls High School (YULA) as ongoing.

In a phone interview on Wednesday, Bustos declined to identify the victim, a juvenile but said the impact of a Honda SUV caused her to die.

“The actual specificity of how that developed is still being investigated,” he said.

He declined to identify “the person driving the car.”

“This group of young people were socializing, at that point there was a Honda SUV… being driven by a male, not identifying him for the same reason [we’re not identifying the victim] but something happened, the car impacted that girl. The actual specificity of how that developed is still being investigated. Sufficed to say the girl suffered serious injuries…unfortunately she made it to the hospital … [but] lost her life,” Bustos said. “Medical staff could not do anything for her.”

Police are planning on speaking with the group of people who were on the scene of the incident but will not do so immediately because of Yom Kippur.

“I realize it's a Jewish holiday coming up and it's going to be more difficult,” he said.

Bustos said the incident took place “at approximately 9:15 in the evening” on Monday, involving a “group of teens, high-school age, on Reseda Blvd., where Reseda dead ends on … a park and you can see the Valley and so on and many people go up there during the day and go hiking. It was night and this group of young people were socializing [before the incident occurred].”

The Los Angeles Daily news is reporting a 15-year-old girl killed Monday night by a car in Tarzana was Tsofia Mesica of Agoura Hills, a student at Yeshiva of Los Angeles Girls High School (YULA).

From the Daily News: “Friends identified the 15-year-old girl was who was killed Monday night in Tarzana as Sophia Mesica of Agoura Hills. She attended Yeshiva of Los Angeles Girls High School (YULA) on Robertson Boulevard in Los Angeles.

Authorities have declined to release her name because she is a juvenile, said Detective William Bustos of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Traffic Division.

The accident was reported around 9:15 p.m. Monday in the 3500 block of Reseda Boulevard, Bustos said.

The teenager was among a group of 10 to 15 friends who were socializing at the top of Reseda, a remote area where some hiking trails start.”

Correction [Sept. 24, 2:43 p.m.]: This article originally mispelled the deceased's name. 

Driver in N.Y. accident that killed Hasidic couple sentenced to 25 years in prison

The driver of a car in an accident that killed a young Hasidic couple in Brooklyn was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

Julio Acevedo, 46, was sentenced Monday in New York State Supreme Court in Brooklyn. He was convicted in February of two counts of second-degree manslaughter, one count of criminally negligent homicide and two counts of leaving the scene of an incident without reporting.

Acevedo was speeding through the streets of the New York borough’s Williamsburg section at nearly 70 miles per hour when his BMW plowed into a livery cab that was transporting Nachman and Raizy Glauber, both 21, to the hospital early on March 3, according to reports.

Raizy Glauber was pregnant with the couple’s first child, which briefly survived an emergency C-section. The Glaubers were killed instantly.

Acevedo fled the scene of the accident and was apprehended several days later in Pennsylvania.

CBS News reporter Bob Simon killed in N.Y. car crash

Bob Simon, the Emmy Award-winning CBS News and “60 Minutes” correspondent, was killed in a car accident in New York City.

Simon, who covered nearly every major overseas conflict and news story since the late 1960s, reportedly was a passenger in a hired car on Wednesday evening that hit another car on Manhattan’s West Side. He was 73.

He was pronounced dead upon arrival at Saint Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, Reuters reported, citing police.

Simon earned 27 Emmy Awards and was awarded the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award for a “60 Minutes II” report on genocide during the Bosnian War.

His career in war reporting began in Vietnam, according to The Associated Press. Simon was held captive in Iraq for 40 days in January 1991 after being captured with a CBS News team while reporting on the Gulf War. He wrote about the experience in his book “Forty Days” and returned to Iraq in 1993 to report on the American bombing of the country.

In April 2012, Simon faced the wrath of the pro-Israel community following his report on the plight of Christians in the West Bank and Jerusalem that focused on Israeli policies as a cause of the decline of the area’s Arab Christian population, as well as its reliance on an anti-Israel Palestinian Lutheran pastor as a key source.

He had worked in the CBS Tel Aviv bureau from 1977 to 1981.

Driver in Metro-North crash was Jewish mother of 3 from Scarsdale, N.Y.

Ellen Schaeffer Brody, a Jewish mother of three from Scarsdale, was identified as the driver of the SUV that caused a deadly Metro-North train accident in suburban New York.

Brody, 49, and five passengers aboard the train were killed during rush hour on Tuesday evening when the northbound train struck Brody’s Jeep Cherokee at a railroad crossing in Valhalla. It’s not clear why Brody’s vehicle had stopped on the tracks.

Brody’s employer, Varda Singer of ICD Contemporary Jewelry in Chappaqua, told JTA that Brody “was a real tzaddik.” Brody had worked for about 15 years at the store, which was formerly known as Israeli Jewelry Designs.

“She was a woman who always saw the glass half full, cheerful, an amazing mother with three kids, always helping her husband,” Singer told JTA. “She was selfless. She always put herself last. She really cared more about other people than herself.”

Brody was active in her local Chabad, according to Singer.

Singer said one of Brody’s daughters called another jewelry store employee after midnight last night to report that her mother was missing, having never returned home from work.

Just last month, two of Brody’s daughters returned home from Birthright trips to Israel, according to Singer. Brody’s friends at the store were preparing to celebrate her 50th birthday together in March, Singer said.

Tuesday’s accident on the commuter rail’s Harlem line was the deadliest in Metro-North history.

NBA icon Harvey Pollack seriously hurt in auto accident

Harvey Pollack, an iconic figure in the NBA, was seriously injured in a car accident.

Pollack, 92, the director of statistical information for the Philadelphia 76ers, has been hospitalized since the one-car accident on New Year’s Day in Philadelphia. He is unable to communicate and remains in severe pain, his son Ron told JTA on Tuesday morning as Pollack headed into surgery.

Fans attending the 76ers’ home game Monday night, a victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, were asked to keep Pollack in their prayers. Similar sentiments have been conveyed on the team’s game broadcasts.

A member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and considered the unofficial historian of all things throughout the National Basketball Association’s existence, Pollack has worked in professional basketball in his hometown since 1946 – before the league came into being – when he started with the Philadelphia (now Golden State) Warriors.

Even at 92, Pollack has remained a consistent presence courtside at the 76ers arena, compiling statistics during games and collaborating with Ron and grandson Brian, who are stationed elsewhere in the building.

“Harvey is the 76ers,” Lara Price, the club’s vice president for business development, told JTA. “He is our family and we are praying for a fast recovery.”


Stolen Tesla violently crashes into Kol Ami

[UPDATE JULY 10]: Congregation Kol Ami executive director Sadie Rose-Stern expressed “sadness for the family” of the deceased, Joshua Michael Slot, who stole a Tesla on July 4 and crashed into Kol Ami. Slot died on July 7, according to a Cedars-Sinai spokesperson. 

The car split into two after a collision with a traffic light post. The back half of the vehicle flew into the synagogue. Multiple vehicles were involved with the crash. 


[JULY 9] Congregation Kol Ami is reeling from a recent car crash at the doorstep of its synagogue campus in West Hollywood that smashed into the shul’s front entrance and left half of a vehicle wedged between two walls in the entryway.

“It has been a traumatic weekend for our congregation with the high-speed car chase that ended crashing into our building,” Kol Ami’s Rabbi Denise Eger said in a statement on July 7.

The incident, which caused an undetermined amount of damage, occurred during the early morning hours of Independence Day. That’s when a man in his 30s driving a stolen Model S Tesla at high speed lost control of his vehicle while traveling northbound on La Brea Avenue, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy John Mitchell of the West Hollywood station, who arrived on the scene in the aftermath of the incident. 

The four-door sedan collided with one northbound car, then bounced into another at Lexington Avenue and La Brea and then headed toward a traffic signal.

“That collision caused the Tesla to somehow become airborne and go sideways toward the traffic signal,” Mitchell said. “Once it hit the traffic signal, it split in half, and the rear end shot [up] … and embedded itself in the synagogue, and it was about 6 feet off the ground.”  

With the car suspended in the air, wedged between two walls in the building’s entryway, the Tesla’s rear bumper landed in the Reform synagogue’s doorway amid the wreckage of a black metal gate through which it had flown. Debris of auto parts, glass and wood — presumably from the shul’s front door — gathered underneath the rear half of the car.

As for the front end of the car, it continued northbound up La Brea, hitting a traffic light, a pole and a parking meter before striking a parked car and ejecting the Tesla’s driver through the windshield. A pedestrian was injured at some point as well, Mitchell said. 

“I’ve been doing this for 32 years, and it was one of the most horrific accidents I’ve ever written [up],” he said.

The driver, whose name was not available at press time, is currently undergoing treatment at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for “major injuries,” Mitchell said. The remaining seven people injured in the incident — from the various other cars involved and the pedestrian — have been released from the hospital, Mitchell said. 

Although the car laid waste to the synagogue’s front door and gate — damaging an adjacent window and denting an exterior wall, too — no one at the synagogue was hurt. 

“We are concerned for all those injured in this terrible accident. But we are touched by the outpouring of concern from the West Hollywood community,” Eger said in her statement. 

Kol Ami is one of two major LGBT synagogues in Los Angeles, with a membership of approximately 250 families.

Kol Ami Executive Director Sadie Rose-Stern said she was awakened by a phone call about the crash before rushing to the shul to see the damage. What she found startled her.

“I showed up at 1:30 a.m. There were a lot of firetrucks, a lot of police officers; the street was blocked off,” she recalled.

That afternoon, when she conducted an interview with the Journal on-site, two city blocks of La Brea Avenue remained closed. A tow truck arrived and removed the vehicle from the entryway.

“It’s incredibly unsettling and disturbing to have a major accident at your building,” she said.

Rose-Stern on Monday said the shul is waiting for an architect or an engineer to visit the synagogue and provide an estimate of the damages. In the meantime, the No. 1 priority was securing the shul — a construction crew dropped by on the day of the accident, taking measurements for the purpose of boarding it up, and Kol Ami hired an extra security guard — and praying for the safety of those who were injured in the crash. 

Outside the synagogue, the crash caused a major scene. The Los Angeles Times reported the front half of the car caught on fire, and that the batteries in the electric vehicle likely lit up in flames as well. On Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the stock price of Tesla dipped in connection with the crash, due to questions about the safety of its batteries.  

Additionally, the crash caused La Brea Avenue, from Santa Monica Boulevard to Fountain Avenue, to close for approximately 15 hours. 

Finally, Rose-Stern, who has been working at the shul for six months, found herself in an unexpected leadership role in the wake of the car crash given that Eger, the spiritual leader of Kol Ami, is studying in Israel. So, Rose-Stern took the lead on handling the incident, dealing with police, reporters and others. 

Rose-Stern and the rabbi were in frequent contact over the course of the unusual few days, Rose-Stern said. On Monday, Eger released a statement in which she praised Rose-Stern and other Kol Ami staff members for how they responded to the unexpected visitor.  

“Kol Ami’s real heroes are our executive director, Sadie Rose-Stern, who went into high gear, and our extraordinary staff who came in on [a] holiday to help, [executive assistant] Kathy Seroff and [bookkeeper] Suzanna Peters,” she said.

8 Palestinians arrested for near-fatal stoning

Israel arrested eight Palestinians suspected of causing a car accident that left an Israeli infant in critical condition.

The suspects, who were apprehended by Israeli soldiers, Shin Bet security agents and police, are suspected of causing several injuries to Israeli civilians by throwing rocks on Thursday at cars near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ariel.

One of the cars collided with a truck as it came under a volley of rocks. In the crash, 3-year-old Adelle Biton sustained head injuries, which doctors at Schneider Children's Medical Center in Petach Tikvah termed “extremely serious,” according to Army Radio. Her mother and two of her sisters from the settlement of Yakir received minor injuries and also were hospitalized.

The suspects were arrested in Haris and Kifl Haris near Qalqilya and were transferred to security forces for further questioning, according to the IDF Spokesperson.

Eight members of one family killed in car accident

Eight members of one northern Israeli family were killed when their car’s brakes failed and the car rolled down a hill.

The family mini-van burst into flames at the bottom of the hill, killing six children and their parents early Tuesday morning.

One daughter, 7, survived because she was thrown out of the car when it overturned. She reportedly is not aware that her whole family has been killed.

The other children were 17, 16-year-old twins, 11, 8 and 4. The family was from the Bar Yochai community in the Upper Galilee.

The mini-van’s driver had called police when he realized that the brakes were not working. The police dispatcher reportedly heard the car crash while he was on the line with the driver.

Local rabbi’s daughter, granddaughter killed in Israel car crash

Los Angeles Rabbi Yisroel Adelman, owner of La Brea Kosher Market near Hancock Park, lost his only daughter in a car accident in Jerusalem on Friday.

Devorah Levenberg (neé Adelman) and her one-year-old daughter Aliza were killed instantly in a head-on collision in the Pisgat Ze’ev neighborhood in Jerusalem.

Her husband, Moshe, was taken to Hadassah Ein Karem hospital in critical condition. The driver of the car, who was giving the family a ride, was in moderate condition at Sha’arei Zedek hospital.

The funeral was held in Jerusalem Friday afternoon, as it is a Jerusalem custom to hold funerals the day of death. The Adelmans, who reside in Hancock Park, have asked the community to refrain from visiting for shiva on motzei Shabbat, or Saturday night.

Shiva will be held 331 N. Vista Ave; shacharis will be Sunday morning at 7:50, Monday – Thursday 6:15. The family will be resting from 2-4. Condolence emails can be sent to