The Flatbush Jewish Community Coalition (FJCC) hosted a leadership meeting with community leaders and NYPD officials, Flatbush Hatzoloh and Flatbush Shomrim. The purpose of the event was to introduce the NYPD’s new Chief of Department Terence Monahan to the community leadership. This represented a major milestone in leadership interaction between the Jewish community citywide and the NYPD.
The meeting, held at the Flatbush Hatzoloh building, was attended by more than 50 prominent community rabbonim and leaders. Also in attendance were NYPD Brooklyn South Commanders Chief Steven Powers and Chief Charles Scholl, Lt. Ira Jablonsky of community affairs, and commanders of the 60, 61, 63, 66, 70 police precincts: Inspector Joseph Hayward, Captain James King, Captain Tito Romero, Inspector David Wall, and Inspector James Palumbo, respectively.
In a meaningful program, community leaders expressed their appreciation to the NYPD and their desire to work together for the common good. FJCC Chairman Josh Mehlman served as emcee of the event and welcomed the officers and the community leaders, whose attendance indicates their deep commitment to serving the community.
Rabbi Meir Platnik, Rov of Khal Kesser Yisroel Mordechai, gave the invocation and Raphael Treitel, FJCC executive board member, longtime Hatzolah member and NYPD community liaison, thanked the commanders for their dedication the community’s safety. A farewell cake was presented by members of Flatbush and Boro Park Hatzoloh to Chief Steven Powers, who will be retiring this month.
The FJCC was established in July 2013 to unite the greater Flatbush Jewish community on communal, civic, and political concerns. The Coalition represents over 200 organizations, shuls, yeshivas, and Bais Yaakovs.