Adam Dickter

Striking Out In Israel

04/27/2010

The history of Israel is rich with entrepreneurial spirit and outside-the-box innovation that helped transform the tiny desert country.

And then there was the 2007 effort to transplant baseball to the Jewish state.

Israel Baseball League, the film: Scene from “Holy Land Hardball.”

Orthodox Patrol Group Urges 911 Call On Pedophiles

Flatbush Shomrim warns abusers, ‘If you don’t get help you will be caught.’

04/20/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

Ramping up the fight against sexual abuse of children in Brooklyn’s Orthodox community, a volunteer patrol group is for the first time publicly advising the community to report suspected molesters to the police.
 
The group, Flatbush Shomrim, cited advice from rabbinic authorities in making the announcement.
 
“Report all suspicious activity to the police first by calling 911,” reads an April 15 statement by Shomrim that was posted on the website Yeshiva World News.
 

Shomrim founder Chaim Deutsch, second from right, meets with patrol volunteers in a recent photo distributed by the group.

Incentives To Lure Faithful Seen Growing

In bid to stabilize neighborhoods, more Modern Orthodox shuls
offering cash for new blood.

04/13/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

When Phillip and Aviva Angel felt priced out of Park Slope, Brooklyn, and wanted to find a Modern Orthodox community where they could put down permanent roots, they searched the Internet for Jewish housing incentives.

“Being Modern Orthodox and the father of sons, I didn’t feel there were really any options for affordable Orthodox Jewish education in Brooklyn,” said Angel, a self-employed architectural consultant. “We were also looking for a suburb where you can commute affordably to New York City.”

Have money, will relocate? Fleetwood Synagogue in Mt. Vernon is offering up to $30,000 for new families. Michael Datikash

Greenfield's Harvest

Newest City Council member marks his victory, but has some powerful enemies.

03/29/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

In his decisive victory in last week's hotly contested City Council race in Brooklyn, David Greenfield made good use of some powerful friends who helped him carry the day.

They included former Mayor Ed Koch, and Sen. Joe Lieberman, whose endorsements gave his candidacy credibility; Sephardic community leaders who quickly filled his campaign coffers; Brooklyn's Democrat chair, Vito Lopez, who provided ground troops to get out the vote, and Mark Botnick, a former aide to Michael Bloomberg, who helped corral the mayor's endorsement.

City Council winner has powerful friends, enemies

Dan Senor Rules Out Senate Bid

03/26/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

Dan Senor, an investment manager and former George W. Bush administration official who had been courted by Republicans to run for Senate in New York this year, has decided to sit it out.

In a statement released Thursday Senor, 38, said he seriously considered a race against Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand this fall.

Generational Shift Seen In Greenfield’s City Council Win

Defeats Joseph Lazar by more than 2,000 votes

03/24/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

David Greenfield’s victory Tuesday by a wide margin in a special election for a heavily Jewish Brooklyn City Council district could be a sign of generational shift in local ethnic politics, observers say.

Greenfield, 31, defeated Joseph Lazar, 61, by more than 2,000 votes out of about 12,000 cast in a race many expected to be tight. The two men, both Orthodox Jews, had heavy backing from local political figures in the community and the wider region.

Terrorists Likely Targeting Trains, Not Shuls, Says NYPD

At Passover security briefing, officials say al Qaeda recruits are sent to attack ‘symbols of capitalism,’
and they often act fast; Iran threat also on radar. Officials "tracking this threat very closely."

03/23/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

The Jewish community faces no specific threat as Passover approaches, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told local Jewish leaders on Tuesday.

But New York City faces the continued threat of an al Qaeda-linked terror attack, likely aimed at mass transit, he said at the police department’s annual pre-Passover security briefing.

“We’re tracking this threat very closely,” said the commissioner. “We rely on an alert public to be our eyes and ears.”

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly

Searching For A Gillibrand Rival

GOP gains may give state party a shot at its first Senate victory since 1992, if the right candidate emerges.

03/18/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

 

 
Un-elected Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand may not face a serious Democrat primary this year, but if state Republicans have their way she’ll face more than a token challenger in November.
 
State GOP leaders have been courting contenders to take on the junior senator, but heavy hitters such as former Mayor Rudolph Giuilani and publisher Morton Zuckerman have taken a pass.
 

Dan Senor.

MetroPolitics: Interview with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn

 In the Jewish Week's first Vlog, Adam Dickter interviews City Council Speaker Christine Quinn

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