State Fiscal Mess Could Shut Nursing Homes


Assistant Managing Editor
Nursing homes and geriatric centers run by UJA-Federation of New York could be so badly hit by the cuts in state Medicaid spending announced this week by Gov. David Paterson that their future may be threatened, a UJA-Federation official warned this week.

Behind Chabad Fundraising, A Stealth Security Campaign

Assistant Managing Editor
In the weeks since the Mumbai terrorist attack, the Chabad movement has directed contributions from supporters primarily to two campaigns: One to aid the child whose emissary parents were slain, and another to rebuild the badly damaged outreach center and re-establish operations there, which could cost as much as $1 million, according to a Chabad estimate. But at the same time, some Chabad leaders are acting on their own to secure funds and resources to make dozens of Chabad houses in far-flung outposts safer.

YU Plans Careful Trimming


Assistant Managing Editor
Yeshiva University officials insist they won’t roll back five years of investing that partially led to a $24 million budget gap this fiscal year to balance the books. Instead, they’ll work carefully to slash expenses without harming the core mission of Modern Orthodoxy’s academic and religious stronghold, minimizing the impact on student life.

Smooth Sailing

Staff Writer
As word of the carnage in London spread last Thursday, Anthony Weiner was faced with a quandary. Proceeding with his campaign schedule for the day would demonstrate what he would later call "the aplomb" of citizens of England, Israel and New York in the face of terrorism. But on such a dire day, was it proper to hold a press conference on post-Olympics planning and an endorsement photo op with Brooklyn elected officials?

McCall States His Case

Staff Writer
H. Carl McCall would do away with closed-door decision making in Albany if elected governor and work with members of Congress on a "New York strategy" for advocating policy on international issues, he told The Jewish Week. "I'm not going to approve policy issues or budget measures that have not been subject to legislative hearings and public scrutiny," said McCall, addressing the power of the governor, Senate majority leader and Assembly speaker to decide virtually all state business in secret.

McCall Vote A Black-Jewish Test

Staff Writer
Now that H. Carl McCall is the uncontested Democratic candidate for governor, the extent of Jewish support for his candidacy is expected to come under close scrutiny at a crucial moment in black-Jewish political relations. McCall, the state comptroller who would be New York's first African-American governor (and the second in the nation's history) was expected to win overwhelmingly among Jews in Tuesday's Democratic primary, making what some viewed as an important statement in the wake of two divisive congressional races in the south.

Yeshiva Brain Drain Feared

Staff Writer
Now that city teachers have won a hefty, 16 percent pay raise, Jewish education experts are worried about an exodus from day schools to public schools. According to a survey by the Board of Jewish Education of Greater New York last year, the average maximum salary for head teachers at yeshivas and day schools is about $35,000.

But Seriously, Folks ...

Assistant Managing Editor
When he’s doing stand-up comedy, puppet shows, juggling or voicing characters on “Dora the Explorer,” Marc Weiner’s only goal is to entertain. If he had to ask people to ponder their emotional state while he’s performing, that would mean he’s not doing his job well. But lately Weiner is engaging audiences in a different way, at schools, synagogues and other settings: asking them to reach into the depths of their hearts and souls to discover what they’re feeling and how it influences their actions.


Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Lashon Hara is one of the occupational hazards of this job.


It is not only religiously observant reporters who have to worry about being guilty of gossip but anyone with a  conscience. Responsible journalism is about balancing the public’s need to know with the privacy of individuals, their right to make mistakes and above all, the presumption of innocence until proven guilty.


But what do you do with someone who says the most damaging things — about himself?


The Ultimate Middle Man

Editor & Publisher

Gone from an end table near the sofa in Ronald Lauder’s elegant Midtown office, high above Fifth Avenue, is the framed photo of him with his friend Benjamin Netanyahu. In its place, says someone who’s visited the office before, is a photo of the 55-year-old businessman, philanthropist and Jewish leader with the current Israeli prime minister, Ehud Barak.

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