Flashback: Attempted Hijacking of Shomrim Phone Number


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Some Background: 1996, before the brake off, on the advice from a Williamsburg Shomrim Coordinator who pointed out that “Shmira’ is for dead people“, the Shmira organization changed it’s name to ‘Shomrim‘.

January 1999, as a result of a robbery on a Gemach in Canada (read all about that by clicking here), a vote was held (amongst all the members) and as a result, a few members involved in the robbery were thrown out of the Shomrim organization.

In protest Yanky Prager, a thug, decided with some others that they will brake off from Shomrim and bring the ‘Shmira’ back to life. This brake-off was an opportunity for Chanina Sperlin (and the corrupt Crown Heights Jewish Community Council) to have a so called “patrol” under their wings in-order to funnel government grants their way, without anybody questioning about ‘where the money for the people is?”‘. This would also give the corrupt cabal another opportunity to create another “controversy” or “crises”, in-order to (a) distract the people of Crown Heights, (b) be the “heroes” of this “crises” who save the day and make peace.

From the very beginning the cabal of the CHJCC did everything in their power to shut down Shomrim.

One year after Shomrim split away from the corrupt cabal of the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council, Inc. and their puppet Beth Din (aka “The Rabbonim), by refusing to be the henchmen or ‘Sheriffs’ and Mossrim of the cabal, the cabal made an attempt to hijack the Shomrim hotline number.

As you will see they came out with guns a blazing…and still failed.


September 15, 1999: CHJCC attorney Edward Gerwitz an attorney under the employment of Peretz Bronstein, ESQ. sends letter to phone company Bell Atlantic.

60 East 42nd Street, Suite 4600′
New York, New York 10165
(212) 697-6484
Fax (212) 697-0877

Direct Lina (212) 697-7296

September 15, 1999

James O’Neill, Esq.
Bell Atlantic Legal Department
1095 6th Avenue, 39th Floor
New York, NY 10036

                             Re:     Crown Heights Jewish Community Emergency No. (718)774-333

Dear Mr. O’Neill:

Following up on our phone conversation of the above date, we represent the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council. For many years our client has had a division called “Shmira” which used the phone number (718) 774-3333 as an emergency services number. Enclosed is a page from the 1992 Crown Heights Jewish Community phone directory which shows the public advertisement of this number, which has been engraved in the minds of most Crown Heights Jewish Community residents as the local emergency services number.

The number 774-3333 serves as a local “911” type number community residents often call for assistance with medical emergencies, domestic and social disputes, and security issues, and to report crimes in progress- Community residents usually think to call this number even before 911 because they know they will receive an immediate response from community volunteers who are only blocks away. In addition to sending immediate help, Shmira also then calls the police department, or an ambulance, as the case might be, for the person in need of help.

Approximately one year or so ago a rift developed, and some members from the “Shmira” division broke off from the hierarchy of the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council. They changed their name to “Crown Heights Shomrim” and, without authorization, had the aforementioned phone number transferred to themselves. Due to the immediate necessity in having community emergencies responded to, our client allowed Crown Heights Shomrim to continue using the number temporarily, until a reconciliation could be worked out.

Now, the rift has been patched with all but a few individuals, and the Shmira division plans to again operate under the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council. However, there are a few individuals who oppose the reconciliation, and who attempting to block the transfer of the phone number to back the long time, rightful owner, the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council. My client fears that the opposers may even attempt to have the number shut down in an attempt to sabotage the reconciliation.

It is imperative that this number be restored to the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council for use by Shmira because this is the number community residents know to call for emergencies. It is published in community phone directories, on stickers community residents keep near the phone, and is even programmed into many community residents phones for quick dialing. My client believes itself to be the rightful owner of this number, stresses the compelling circumstances which warrant the immediate transfer back to the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council of (718) 774-3333, and asks that Bell Atlantic implement the transfer immediately.

Very truly yours,
Edward N. Gewirtz

Original Letter: https://www.scribd.com/doc/244438290/9-15-99-Peretz-Bronstein-Letter-Re-Shomrim

September 21, 1999: Mordechai Ettelson, Executive Director of the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council, sends a letter to phone company Bell Atlantic, with the CHJCC letterhead.

September 21, 1999:

To Whom It May Concern,

This is to verify that Beta Kievman who resides at XXX XXXXX St, Brooklyn, NY 11225 does not represent the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council or any sub-organizations of the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council and has never worked for the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council. We have contacted the District Attorney’s office but have decided to pursue this with the Rabbinical Court of the Beth Din of Crown Heights which is honored in any civil court in New York State.

Mordechai Ettalson
Executive Director

Original Letter: https://www.scribd.com/doc/244439798/9-21-99-Mordechai-Ettalson-Letter-Re-Shomrim-Hotline

September 24, 1999: Bell Atlantic contacts [then] Shomrim representative regarding  Mordechai Ettelsons and Edward Gewitz letters.

9-24-99-Shomrim Shmira CHJCC phone

October 4, 1999: Mordechai Ettelson, Executive Director of the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council, sends yet another letter to phone company Bell Atlantic, with the CHJCC letterhead.

October 4, 1999

Jim O’Neal
Bell Atlantic

Dear Mr. O’Neal,

This letter is to verify that since its inception in the early 1970’s, Shmira has always been a project founded, directed and owned by the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council. The CHJCC is a not for profit private corporation consisting of many projects and programs. The CHJCC represents many issues and concerns of the community. We address these appropriately. One of our biggest concerns is the security of our neighborhood. With that in mind, the Shmira program has been very successful and is recognized by the city government. In addition, we are given private donations to fund this project. Over the years, we have also been recognized by the 71st Police Precinct and have worked closely with them in Shmira related issues.

In no way can anyone claim that Shmira has not been owned and operated by the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council. The safety of our neighborhood cannot and will not be jeopardized by people who are motivated by personal interests and claim that Shmira is a privately owned program.

Thank you for your attention in this matter.

Mordechai Ettalson
Executive Director

Original Letter: https://www.scribd.com/doc/244441626/10-4-99-Mordechai-Ettelosn-Second-Letter-to-Bell-Atlantic

October 4,1999: Bell Atlantic contacts [then] Shomrim representative regarding  Mordechai Ettelsons second letter to them.

10-04-99 Shomrim Shmira CHJCC phone

October 5, 1999: A Crown Heights Shomrim representative responds to Bell Atlantic.

  October 5, 1999


James O’Neill, Esq.
Bell Atlantic Legal Department
1095 6th Avenue, 39th Floor
New York, NY 10036

Re: Crown Heights Shomrim Tel. No. 718/774-3333

Dear Mr. O’Neill:

Please note that the undersigned represents the Crown Heights Shomrim. I am in receipt of copies of two letters addressed to you, one from the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council and the other from its counsel, and I hasten to respond.

Separate and apart from who utilized this number years ago — of which there is little dispute — the issue is who now has the right to the phone number. For at least the past year and a half, the number has been utilized, listed and paid for by the Crown Heights Shomrim (“Shomrim”), a New York not for profit entity — with at least the tacit approval of the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council. In fact, the CHJCC was quite pleased for the Shomrim to have the number, as long as the CHJCC was not going to be paying the bill. It ill behooves the CHJCC, after such a period of time without any complaint, to suddenly attempt to assert its so-called “rights”.

I respectfully submit that this is not a complex dispute (indeed, I would liken it more to a family squabble), and it need not concern your office. The parties are continuing to discuss this and other issues, and I have no doubt that it will all be resolved in due time. Until then, the Crown Heights Shomrim intend to continue using this number, and, I respectfully submit, as long as the bill is paid, your office should do nothing to disturb the status quo absent Court order.

If you have any questions, feel free to give me a call. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Very truly yours,
Ira Kleiman

Original Letter: https://www.scribd.com/doc/244442374/10-5-99-Shomrim-Responds

October 5, 1999: Yosef (Joseph) Baroch Spielman, Ex-chairman of the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council, sends a hand written letter to phone company Bell Atlantic.

October 5th, 1999

To Whom It May Concern,

As chairman of the Board of the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council from 1986 to 1997, I oversaw all the activities of the council.

One of the functions of the Council is the operation of a security patrol, otherwise known as “the Shmira”.

The council at times received funds from New York State to maintain a part time fund to purchase equipment, such as radios etc. for the security patrol under the council.

During the period that I was chairman (1986-1997) there wasn’t any other patrol, neither Lains or Beth Kievman, or the Hershkop Brothers.

Sincerely Yours,
Rabbi Joseph Spielman

Original Letter: https://www.scribd.com/doc/244439008/10-05-99-Shomrim-Shmira-CHJCC-Phone-Yosef-Joseph-Baroch-Spielman

October 6, 1999: Bell Atlantic to Shomrim representative.

10-06-99-Shomrim Shmira CHJCC phone

Bottom line: Shomrim won this first of many battles against the Cabal of Mossrim. The cabal with their Shmira were forced to operate under a new number.


Being the sore-losers that they are, several weeks after the above  issue was resolved, in favor of Shomrim, the newly “reorganized” Shmira got to with the purpose they were created for…. Flashback: Shmira Hate Mail, to create a distraction of controversy in the neighborhood.

All this so we the people would be too distracted with this crap, to notice that the cabal of the CHJCC was stealing millions of dollars meant for the needy of the community.

Unfortunately, ever since the Shmira were created, they were used as a reason to attack the Shomrim (after all the Shmira were “with the Council and the so called Beth Din” and that made Shomrim the “evil” that needed to be exterminated). The baseless hate reached  it’s all time low with the Shomrim Six blood libel.

Bones Flashback: Something to laugh about today.

The Crown Heights Connection 1999 (1)The Crown Heights Connection 1999 (2)The Crown Heights Connection 1999 (3)


When Is There a “Shomrim Shmira Issue” And Why?

Time For Crown Heights To Wake Up!!!


3 Responses to “Flashback: Attempted Hijacking of Shomrim Phone Number”

  1. Shomrim Six Says:

    So in the end, with all their lawyers, all their money and power, the cabal losses to a bunch of Yeshivah Bochurim.

    And [we thank You] for the miracles, for the redemption, for the mighty deeds, for the saving acts, and for the wonders which You have wrought for our ancestors in those days, at this time—

    In the days of Matityahu, the son of Yochanan the High Priest, the Hasmonean and his sons, when the wicked Hellenic government rose up against Your people Israel to make them forget Your Torah and violate the decrees of Your will. But You, in Your abounding mercies, stood by them in the time of their distress.

    You waged their battles,
    defended their rights,
    and avenged the wrong done to them.
    You delivered the mighty into the hands of the weak,
    the many into the hands of the few,
    the impure into the hands of the pure,
    the wicked into the hands of the righteous,
    and the wanton sinners into the hands of those who occupy themselves with Your Torah.

    You made a great and holy name for Yourself in Your world, and effected a great deliverance and redemption for Your people Israel to this very day. Then Your children entered the shrine of Your House, cleansed Your Temple, purified Your Sanctuary, kindled lights in Your holy courtyards, and instituted these eight days of Chanukah to give thanks and praise to Your great Name.

    Fast forward to 2007-2010, the Mossrim spent years perfecting the blood libel of the Shomrim Six. The Mossrim used political connections; they had the DA office and NYPD in their back pockets; they used NYPD to target Shomrim. They had two dogs lawyers working 24/7 (Huebner and Poltorak) on this prosecution. They initiated a propaganda campaign to dirty the Shomrim Six in the public’s eyes. They even used “peace making” as a propaganda tool to force Shomrim into doing what they wanted. They had a dogs named Yitzchak Shuchat, Yaakov Spritzer, Leib Skoblo make Mesirah after Mesira on a daily basis.They had another dog named Efraim Okonov jam the Shomrim radios for days on end. ETC…ETC….

    They did all this with the goal of destroying the Shomrim Organization and they lost every-time.

    Never again!!!

  2. DH Says:

    The cabal were so desperate they sent letters on a daily basis, one after the other. Had email been readily available like it is today, there would have been at-least 300 communications from the CHJCC cabal regarding this matter, every hour on the hour.

  3. Old Timer Says:

    The CHJCC with all their money and power were beat by a group of [then] 25 years old yeshiva boys.

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