Manhattan

Face Time

03/21/2003
Staff Writer
Sima Ariam is a good shot. Armed with nothing more than a Pentax automatic camera, she's prowled parties and public appearances waiting for the moment to strike. Then (click!) in the split second when her subjects unconsciously drop their public persona Ariam captures something she sees as more than a superficial image.

No Singular 'Sensation'

10/15/1999
Staff Writer
As the "Sensation" storm raged last month, the fact that a Catholic mayor was accusing the Brooklyn Museum's Jewish director of promoting Catholic bashing was noted but not highlighted. Now with the controversy being decided in Manhattan Federal Court, Jewish involvement in the affair is being scrutinized further, even as it becomes clearer that the city's Jewish community has split along political lines.

Zooming In On Righteous Muslims

04/17/2009
Staff Writer
He is a headhunter in the securities industry by vocation and environmental photographer by avocation. He is a Jew who grew up in New Jersey and studies Islam’s Sufi mystical tradition. Norman Gershman came here from his home in Colorado five years ago in search of some people to photograph — and found a mission. In Midtown Manhattan he discovered Albania.

Where The Jewish Money Went

11/06/1998
Staff Writer
While a religiously split Jewish community was verbally sparring over which U.S. Senate candidate to support, many notables were putting their money where their mouth was. They were contributing to what is being considered the most expensive Senate race in history, with about $33 million being spent. At the same time they were looking to support the candidate they felt meshed best with their own interests, whether it be the ultra-Orthodox Jews of Brooklyn or the Conservative and Reform Jews of Manhattan.

‘Scary’ Time For Jewish Nonprofits

07/02/2008
Staff Writer
Financial headlines are heralding hard times and Jewish newspaper headlines are, too; the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, an international relief agency, is cutting 60 jobs, the Jewish federation umbrella group United Jewish Communities is slashing at least 37, and the Jewish Theological Seminary, facing a $2.2 million budget shortfall, may trim its teaching staff.

Harnessing The Growing Wealth Of Women

06/11/2008
Staff Writer
Alisa Levin was busy — as an attorney, as a mother and as a volunteer. In addition to facilitating multimillion-dollar “workout” and bankruptcy deals, she chaired the board of the private school her two children attended in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Though disinterested in mainstream Jewish philanthropy, several years ago she was asked to give a talk to the Women’s Executive Circle, a group within UJA-Federation of New York for female chief execs and managing directors, who give annual gifts of at least $6,000 in their own names.

Breaking The Taboo

04/24/2002
Staff Writer
On a cold April night two years ago, Alan Dutka stood on the roof of his Teaneck, N.J., apartment building and jumped. The suicide of this bright, devout former Yeshiva University student who for eight years had suffered from schizophrenia belied the belief that religious Jews don't suffer from psychiatric illness, that it is a scourge of "the outside world."

The New Face Of Education

03/01/2002
Staff Writer
Looking down from the walls of thousands of synagogues, day schools and Jewish community centers nationwide today are images of labor activist-anarchist Emma Goldman, dancer Anna Sokolow and civil rights activist Gertrude Weil. They aren’t the faces that usually get put up in Jewish settings alongside retired rabbis, former Sisterhood presidents, David Ben Gurion and the occasional portrait of Golda Meir.

‘If You Stream It, They Will Come’

09/15/2009
Staff Writer
Lisa Gilbert, a native of Cincinnati who now lives in Manhattan, listened to the rabbi’s sermon and the choir’s singing at her family’s Cincinnati congregation on the High Holy Days last year. From her New York apartment. Online. Gilbert, a 30-year-old research analyst, watched the live streaming Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur services of Congregation Beth Adam, on the humanistic synagogue’s Web site, because she had attended several congregations after moving here and did not feel welcome or comfortable at any one of them.

Zooming In On Righteous Muslims

04/14/2009
Staff Writer
He is a headhunter in the securities industry by vocation and environmental photographer by avocation. He is a Jew who grew up in New Jersey and studies Islam’s Sufi mystical tradition. Norman Gershman came here from his home in Colorado five years ago in search of some people to photograph — and found a mission. In Midtown Manhattan he discovered Albania.
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