A group of Jewish residents gathered in the NYPD 71st Precinct to offer solidarity and support after the horrific murder of two police officers in neighboring Bedford-Stuyvesant. In attendance were officers from the 71st and 77th precincts, the two station houses that protect Crown Heights.
At the private gathering, a group of yeshiva students thanked police for saving their lives during the December 9 stabbing attack at Lubavitch headquarters at 770 Eastern Parkway.
Emotions ran high as Levi Rosenblatt, who was stabbed in the attack, recited the traditional blessing, “She’asa Nissim”–“Who has made miracles,” and lit the seven Chanukah lights. Rosenblatt, recently released from Bellevue Hospital Center, is still recovering from a stab wound to the head.
Barry Sugar, an advocate for security of the Jewish community, offered solidarity when referring to the ruthless murder of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. “Whether an officer is shot for wearing blue or a Jewish man is stabbed for wearing a yarmulke, we feel that pain,” he remarked. “The Jewish community knows what it feels like to be targeted for our uniform and values.”
A visibly grateful Inspector George Fitzgibbon, commander of the 71st Precinct, expressed his appreciation for the Jewish community’s comfort and support. “It’s like one big family,” he said. “I can’t thank you all enough.”