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Village Voice Turns Spotlight on Jewish-Staffed Adult Home

A 4,500-word story in this week’s Village Voice tells the tale of Solange Lambert and Cosmo Salerno, coupled residents of Brooklyn “adult home” Surf Manor who are fighting to move into a state-subsidized apartment.

But the story carries a heavily Jewish subtext. “As with most other adult homes in the city, Surf Manor’s operator, Robert Lichtschein — who opened it in 1978 — and virtually his entire administrative staff are Orthodox Jewish men,” the Voice reports. And “like Surf Manor’s owners, its resident population is also substantially Jewish,” Norman Bloomfield, president of the Residents’ Council, told the Voice. But “most residents aren’t particularly observant and don’t keep kosher, which can lead to some friction with the home management,” the Voice said.

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Village Voice Turns Spotlight on Jewish-Staffed Adult Home

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