Bill de Blasio

Beyond 'The Hats': Appreciating The Diversity Of Chasidic New York

02/12/2014
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The horrific murder last month of developer Menachem Stark and uproar over the callous media coverage of his life and death has put New York’s chasidic communities again at the center of attention. Whatever the facts established around Mr. Stark’s violent end and business dealings, and apart from the variety of opinions around headlines and protests – and there are sure to be more headlines, there is now a moment to plainly discuss our Hasidic neighbors and their increasingly prominent place in our shared civic life.

Michael Tobman

Left, Right Spar Over De Blasio’s Speech

Open invitation for AIPAC to City Hall riles liberal Jews, spurs debate.

02/05/2014
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It was supposed to be a routine stop on the busy schedule of a new mayor. In and out, no one gets hurt. A pro-Israel speech at the Hilton, then back to Gracie Mansion.

DeBlasio: Steps into Israel quagmire. Getty Images

Liberal Jews Criticize Mayor's Comments To AIPAC

Supporting 'hard-line' lobby not part of job description, say boldfaced names in arts, philanthropy, academia, rabbinate.

01/29/2014
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Mayor Bill de Blasio's recent address to AIPAC has riled up a group of prominent Jewish liberals who feel it was wrong for him to roll out a proverbial red carpet at City Hall for the pro-Israel lobby group.

In an open letter to the mayor, which was emailed to The Jewish Week on Wednesday, the group took exception to de Blasio's remarks at the Jan. 24 Manhattan gala, which were meant to be limited to the dinner audience.

Feminist icon Gloria Steinem is one of the critical letter's signatories. Getty Images

De Blasio: Israel Support Part of Mayor's Job

01/27/2014
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Bill de Blasio, New York’s newly installed mayor, said defending Israel was part of his job.

“Part of my job description is to be a defender of Israel,” de Blasio said at a private New York event of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee first reported Friday by the Capital New York news website.

De Blasio: No greater ally on earth than Israel. Michael Datikash

Sharpton-De Blasio Ties Bring Back Old Wounds For Some

As a mainstreamed reverend enjoys access at City Hall, community leaders recognize change; but some still nurse grudges.

01/22/2014
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Two decades ago, Rev. Al Sharpton was the ultimate civic iconoclast, speaking what he called truth to power, organizing rallies and attacking the establishment on behalf of the oppressed.

Rev. Al Sharpton enjoys a light moment with Police Commissioner William Bratton, left, and Mayor Bill de Blasio. Getty Images

De Blasio Pledges To Catch Killers Of Menachem Stark; Captors' Van Found

01/14/2014
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Mayor Bill de Blasio said finding the killer of Menachem Stark is a priority and condemned the New York Post’s coverage of the incident.

Menachem Stark: Killers may have been trying to scare him.

De Blasio Meets With Shimon Peres

Mayor-elect's tweet generates anti-Israel backlash online.

11/26/2013
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Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio met with Israel's president, Shimon Peres, in his Manhattan hotel Monday. De Blasio, who takes office Jan. 1, sent out a photo of the meeting Tuesday via Twitter.

"Had the honor of meeting @PresidentPeres today and discussing the close ties between New York City and Israel," de Blasio tweeted.

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, left, with President Peres of Israel. Photo via @BilldeBlasio

Jewish Advice For de Blasio

Recognizing diversity a common theme as panel suggests priorities for mayor-elect at 'Talking Transition.'

11/15/2013
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Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio should work with faith leaders and neighborhood groups to find the best way to help the needy in their communities, UJA-Federation's president said at a public forum on the city's transition of power Thursday night.

"We believe non-profits, in partnership with synagogues, churches and mosques, are essential building blocks in communities," said Alisa Doctoroff, noting that the city continued to face unprecedented challenges in fighting poverty and other ills.

Prominent Jewish New Yorkers spoke out on priorities for the next administration at Talking Transition. Adam Dickter

In City’s Progressive Revolution, Jews Seem Unenthused

Faced with a lopsided race, many apparently chose protest vote against de Blasio, or stayed home.

11/12/2013
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At the culmination of Bill de Blasio’s “tale of two cities” mayoral campaign, there was also a tale of two Jewish communities, it seems.

Joseph Lhota, left, and  Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio.

Jewish Voters More Divided Than Other Groups

Exit polls show a strong return to the Democrats in backing de Blasio, but 44 percent were with GOP's Lhota.

11/05/2013
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Democrat Bill de Blasio won a resounding and historic victory to become New York's 109th mayor Tuesday night, with an estimated 73 percent of the vote, scoring high across ethnic, religious, age and gender lines. 

Bill de Blasio, bottom, won more Jewish support than other recent Democrats, but lost 44 percent to Joe Lhota. Getty Images
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