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Top Doc Scared Off Panel On Rabbinic Sex Molesters

Special To The Jewish Week
A prominent Orthodox rabbi and psychologist has been intimidated into quitting as head of a just-formed task force dealing with rabbinic sex abuse of minors, organized by Assemblyman Dov Hikind this week. Dr. Benzion Twerski told The Jewish Week Wednesday that he was quitting the task force because “I was prosecuted in the street for daring to join such a venture.”

Playing With The Banned

Special To The Jewish Week
Did the haredi rabbis go too far this time? That’s the question being asked in some circles after a ban issued by 33 fervently Orthodox rabbinic authorities forced the cancellation of a major charity concert slated to feature chasidic singing sensation Lipa Schmeltzer this week at the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden. The offense?

Yenta In An Internet World

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.

Feeding The Hungry


On the news, the economic forecast is improving. The Great Recession technically is over, economists tell us; the stock market is rising; people are spending money, if tentatively. On the ground, the news is less encouraging. Unemployment remains high, with rates passing 10 percent last week, and people are still hurting.

More Kosher Soup Kitchens Aiding The Newly Poor as Recession Impact Deepens

New centers to open in Brooklyn, Queens as need soars for struggling families.


The storefront on Lee Avenue had yet to open for “business” last Wednesday evening when a large, hungry crowd filed in and found places at its brand-new tables.

Some 30 families — some of whose breadwinners have lost jobs in the recession and are struggling to make ends meet — had been invited to inaugurate the Masbia kosher soup kitchen in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the first operatedby the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty. They consumed 120 meals of breaded chicken, mashed potatoes and vegetables.

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The Sheitel And The Hijab


Special To The Jewish Week
Devout Jews and Muslims here, particularly in Queens and Brooklyn, are like next-door neighbors who see each other every day yet remain strangers. But for a quick hello as they enter the same apartment building or rub elbows at the local fruit stand or discount store, most members of these communities have virtually nothing to do with one another.

Empty Shelves At Jewish Food Pantries

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.

Shrouded In Holiness

Staff Writer
One of these days, probably in the dark of winter’s early evening, Rabbi Regina Sandler-Phillips, a “fast approaching 50” native of Manhattan, with a large knit kipa atop her closely cut gray hair, will walk up the front stairs of a Jewish funeral home on the edge of Borough Park.

The Trusted Outsider

Staff Writer
Rabbi Hertz Frankel, a Galitzianer by birth and Litvak by training, has served as administrator and spokesman for the Satmar chasidim for four decades. As the highest-ranking non-Satmar in a group whose doors are usually closed to outsiders, he has served as interpreter at communal functions and liaison with public officials. But until his guilty plea in the public schools fund-diversion scheme made the front page of The New York Times last week, he was probably better known in some foreign corridors of power than in most parts of New York City outside of Williamsburg.

Power Of Community

Staff Writer
New York's Jewish community, like the rest of the city, did not panic when the nation's biggest power blackout struck last week. It went al fresco.
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