NYC Honorary Street Names
Rabbi Morris J. Block Street (Brooklyn)
Present name:Bay 44th Street
Location:Between Hunter Avenue and the eastbound (south) service road of Shore Parkway
Honoree: Rabbi Block (1921-2002) camecabrini to the US from Lithuania in 1923. He was educated at yeshivas and Abraham Lincoln HS, and attended Brooklyn College. In World War II he served in Europe with the 416th Night Fighter Squadron of the US Army Air Force. Afterward he worked in the garment industry for 14 years. In 1962, he was troubled to learn that mentally retarded Jewish children were denied the right to a Bar Mitzvah in the main sanctuary. That led to his founding of the Brooklyn School for Special Children, which he served as Executive Director. This 1992 naming marked its 30th anniversary, by which time BSSC served thousands of children and adults at 10 facilities throughout the Borough.
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