New York City

The Rabbi-To-Be Gets A Title Shot

Lubavitch middleweight Yuri Foreman is primed to make boxing history.

11/04/2009
Staff Writer

The verbal sparring starts as soon as Yuri Foreman begins his training session.

Foreman, a native of Belarus who moved with his family to Israel at age 10 to escape anti-Semitism, and then to New York City at 19 alone to prepare for a boxing career, is a fighter with a rare pedigree  — a top-ranked light middleweight contender and a rabbinical student. As perhaps befits a guy who pores carefully over religious texts, he is a ring tactician so cautiously methodical that critics call him Yuri “Boreman.”

Foreman, right, training in Brooklyn, fights for world title next week. Michael Datikash

Opening Habitat’s Doors

04/27/2007
Staff Writer
This is the first in an occasional series of Q&As with Jewish influentials in the world of philanthropy.

These Little Town Blues

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

As of this writing, the race for Nassau County executive is too close to call.

 

But seriously, who really cares? All the action is in New York City, where I spent an even four decades of my life, and where, for the first time since 1985, I was not able to cast a vote for mayor yesterday.

 

Culture Clash Over Brit Ritual

02/03/2006
Staff Writer
Undergirding the current standoff between the fervently Orthodox community and the New York City Department of Health over a controversial circumcision practice appears to be a gulf of cultural difference and a fundamental misunderstanding of the disease at issue. That is one of the conclusions drawn from voluminous correspondence between members of the haredi community and city health officials obtained by The Jewish Week through a Freedom of Information Law request filed in October.

A-List Judaism

01/02/2008
Staff Writer
Walking into the high-ceilinged space overlooking Ground Zero, you’re not sure if you’ve entered an apartment or an art gallery. Every surface gleams white; the furniture is black, white and ultra-modern; original contemporary art is on the walls and the lighting fixtures could double as sculpture.

Empty Shelves At Jewish Food Pantries

11/20/2007
Staff Writer
Thanksgiving leftovers are still in most of our refrigerators, but Benny Wechsler is already worrying about Passover. Months before the first seder, Wechsler is usually squirreling away funding from state and city sources for his program, the Kosher Food Network of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, so that when he has to buy the holiday provisions that his program distributes to more than 50,000 families for Passover, he has the money saved up. This year, though, for the first time, Wechsler isn’t able to put that money aside.

An Unplanned Lesson

08/18/2009
Staff Writer
Near the end of the 2007-08 academic year, some unusual news about one class at the Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan came home to Miriam Akabas and her daughter Ariel and other families of then-fifth-grade students:  there would be no boys in the school’s sixth-grade class the following year. For various unconnected reasons, several families of end-of-year fifth-graders were moving from New York City; seven of the departing students were boys, all the males in the class.

Two Thousand Remember The Six Million

04/29/2009
Staff Writer
The numbers of Holocaust survivors decreases each year, but the numbers who remember the Holocaust victims each year remains constant in New York City. Some 2,000 people — survivors, their descendants and members of the wider Jewish community — come together every year during the week of Yom HaShoah in the sanctuary of the Upper East Side’s Congregation Emanu-El for the Annual Gathering of Remembrance, the city’s oldest and largest Holocaust memorial ceremony.

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.

“Thank You” In New Delhi

04/08/2009
Staff Writer
Over the decades, the Dalai Lama, exiled leader of Tibet’s Buddhist community, has maintained an ongoing dialogue with the international Jewish community — in New York City, in Washington, in Jerusalem and in India, where he has lived for the last half-century. Last week the Dalai Lama’s Jewish outreach continued.
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