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‘Rav’s’ Haggadah Is Hot Order

04/03/2009
Staff Writer
Each year one of the unofficial Passover traditions is the Haggadah-sales competition. New and old Haggadot, many of them issued by established publishers, vie for shoppers’ favor. This year a new Haggadah under a new imprint appears to be winning.

Poles, Jews Denounce Lawsuit As Lies

08/13/1999
Staff Writer
U.S. Jewish organizations have joined Polish government and Jewish community leaders in denouncing the volatile language in a property lawsuit that accuses Poland of a pattern of ethnic cleansing of Jews after World War II. One Polish newspaper editor attacked the lawsuit filed in U.S. federal court as "a priceless gift for anti-Semites in Poland." The round of criticism comes as Polish legislators began summer vacation after drafting landmark legislation to return private property seized from Polish citizens by the Nazis or the Communists more than 55 years ago.

Witness: Yeshiva Faked Documents For Grants

12/04/1998
Staff Writer
The former dean of a Brooklyn-based yeshiva the government charges was fictitious and stole millions in federal subsidies testified in federal court Tuesday that he helped fake documents to obtain state accreditation in order to receive grants from the state and U.S. Department of Education. Abraham Berkowitz was testifying in the trial of four chasidic men — three from the upstate village of New Square and one from Brooklyn — charged with stealing millions of dollars from federal and state benefit programs during a decades-old conspiracy.

Mondrowitz Accusers Seen Ready To Testify

12/30/2008
Special To The Jewish Week
The Brooklyn District Attorney’s office has indicated to prosecutors in Israel that the alleged victims of an accused pedophile who fled to the Jewish state more than two decades ago will testify should he stand trial, The Jewish Week has learned.

Yeshiva Fired, Then Paid, Rabbi Charged With Abuse

04/02/2008
Special Report/Editor at Large.
A Brooklyn rabbi charged with having sexually molested his students has collected almost $70,000 from Yeshiva Torah Temimah and entities linked to it since the school put him on administrative leave 22 months ago. Rabbi Yehuda Kolko received payments ranging from $3,000 to $9,000 per month between May 2006 and December 2007, according to court records obtained by The Jewish Week. The court records also suggest that before Rabbi Kolko left the school, he received tens of thousands of dollars above his reported yearly income at the school’s direction.

Damage-Control Mode For Embattled Kosher Meat Giant

06/25/2008
Staff Writer
Fearing an onslaught of protestors, kosher meat giant Agriprocessors hastily changed a meeting planned for Tuesday afternoon in Midtown into a conference call. Agriprocessors’ attorney, Nathan Lewin, and the company’s newly hired compliance officer, former U.S. attorney Jim Martin, spoke to about 20 listeners who had been invited to participate. They included “distributors and community leaders,” said Juda Engelmayer, senior vice president of the public relations firm 5WPR, which was recently hired by the embattled kosher meat giant.

Yenta In An Internet World

02/14/2003
Staff Writer
In a dusty warren of offices on 42nd Street near Grand Central Station (where a plastic-covered album of yellowing client photos sits on a desk and there isn't a computer in sight) 80-something Dan Fields and his 35-year-old grandson Joseph Speyer are talking about that most elusive of elixirs: the chemistry of love.

Widespread Worker Abuses Alleged At AgriProcessors

05/14/2008
Staff Writer
Two legal experts suggested this week that the federal government could be laying the groundwork for possible indictments against the owners of the country’s largest kosher meat manufacturer.

Telling Two Stories With One Voice

10/13/2009
Staff Writer
Bill Tingling, founder of a Brooklyn-based literacy project that teaches public school students the fundamentals of journalism, was looking for a new way to discuss prejudice a few years ago. Have the students — mostly from the minority community — interview Holocaust survivors, suggested an Irish friend of Tingling.

‘Rav’s’ Haggadah Is Hot Order

04/01/2009
Staff Writer
Each year one of the unofficial Passover traditions is the Haggadah-sales competition. New and old Haggadot, many of them issued by established publishers, vie for shoppers’ favor. This year a new Haggadah under a new imprint appears to be winning.
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