4th of July

Shul Fracas In The East Village

An almost 100-year-old synagogue is being sold to developers, but some congregants claim the vote wasn’t legal.

08/15/2008
Staff Writer

At 7:20 p.m. on a recent Monday, only nine people had shown up for the 7:15 Mincha service at Anshei Meseritz synagogue, a crumbling relic from the turn of the last century that sits directly across the street from the Village View public housing project in Lower Manhattan. Past the sheaths of peeling gray paint and decaying stained glass Stars of David, the shul’s inside houses dysfunctional toilets that are said to be more frequently visited by rats than humans.
 

Anshei Meseritz on East 6th Street. Sharon Udasin

Little Houses On The Prairie

08/18/2000
Managing Editor

"Mama, mama many worlds I've come since I first left home."- Grateful Dead, "Brokedown Palace"

Helena, Mont. - Next to a person's love, a bard once wrote, the most precious gift he can give is his labor. And for nine New York-area high school students out here on the eastern front of the Rockies in Big Sky country - many worlds indeed from the concrete and cramped spaces of the one they left behind - hard, sweaty, blistered hands and sore shoulders labor is what this summer has been about.

Little Houses On The Prairie

08/18/2000
Managing Editor

"Mama, mama many worlds I've come since I first left home."- Grateful Dead, "Brokedown Palace"

Helena, Mont. - Next to a person's love, a bard once wrote, the most precious gift he can give is his labor. And for nine New York-area high school students out here on the eastern front of the Rockies in Big Sky country - many worlds indeed from the concrete and cramped spaces of the one they left behind - hard, sweaty, blistered hands and sore shoulders labor is what this summer has been about.

Stories For A Depression

Sunday, October 12th, 2008 If this a depression, let’s take a trip to a rooming house porch, 1938.   Indians pitcher Bob Feller recently spoke to Terry Pluto, the Cleveland Plain Dealer sportswriter (and religion writer) about the time, in 1938, when the future Hall of Famer lived modestly, in a rooming house.   He was 19, son of an Iowa farmer.  

The Israel Parade Again

Friday, May 23rd, 2008 The Salute To Israel Parade is back in town this Sunday, and it’s terrific in a multitude of ways, which begs the question: Why does just about every Jewish day school lack confidence in the appeal of this parade, so much so that have to make attendance at the parade “mandatory”? Kids naturally love parades, and most yeshiva kids love Israel, so why is everyone so sure kids won’t come to this parade without a whip and chair?

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Fracas In The East Village

08/06/2008
Staff Writer
At 7:20 p.m. on Monday, only nine people had shown up for the 7:15 Mincha service at Anshei Meseritz synagogue, a crumbling relic from the turn of the last century that sits directly across the street from the Village View public housing project in Lower Manhattan. Past the sheaths of peeling gray paint and decaying stained glass Stars of David, the shul’s inside houses dysfunctional toilets are said to be more frequently visited by rats than humans.

Escalating The War Against Hate

07/16/1999
Staff Writer
Authorities are stepping up the pressure on the World Church of the Creator, an Illinois-based white supremacist group that law enforcement officials are linking to three synagogue fires in Sacramento, Calif., and a shooting rampage in the Midwest that targeted blacks, Jews and Asian Americans, leaving two dead. In Illinois, state tax officials have launched a tax-evasion probe. Sacramento police have increased the monitoring of members and followers of the group.

Reform Youth Flexing Their Ritual Muscle

08/10/2007
Staff Writer
Warwick, N.Y. — The sun was setting at the Reform movement’s teen leadership camp in this picturesque upstate town, and in the dying light of a sweet summer day it was time for the evening prayer service. In the lakeside pavilion that serves as Kutz Camp’s synagogue, the visiting musician who led the evening service on the Fourth of July, a Wednesday, set the prayers to an easy-listening jazz sound. It was a musical style, played on an electric keyboard, that almost none of the campers connected with, many said later.

City On Edge As Holidays Near

09/03/1999
Staff Writer
A day after the arson fire at a Hauppauge, L.I., synagogue last week, a congregant at the neighboring Dix Hills Jewish Center rushed up to the rabbi to ask about security for the High Holy Days. "He said security was being beefed up and that there was nothing to be worried about," the congregant, Elaine Greenwald, said later of her conversation with Rabbi Howard Buechler. "I trust that when the rabbi tells me that, we're doing all we can."

Redemption On East Tremont

03/26/1999
Associate Editor
Other than the occasional murder, few newspaper stories, if any, originate from the desolation of East Tremont Avenue; certainly no stories in Jewish newspapers, now that all the Jews have long ago scattered from these Bronx streets. Thereís nothing left on East Tremont, is there? But let it be written, in the words of the biblical Jacob: ìSurely, God is in this place ó and I, I did not know.
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