Tamar Snyder

Anti-Semitism 2.0 Going Largely Unchallenged

02/20/2008
Staff Writer
More than 35,000 people have joined the Facebook group “Israel is not a country! ... Delist it from Facebook as a country!”       Type “Jew” into the search function on YouTube, and you’ll discover a host of anti-Semitic videos, including “911 Jew Spy Scandal 3” and a video clip in which National Polish Party’s Leszek Bubel declares himself a “proud anti-Semite.”    

Ramaz Tower Plan Shelved For Now

02/20/2008
Staff Writer
The Ramaz Lower School, on East 85th Street, will not be relocating in  September, and plans for the 28-story mixed-use high-rise have been temporarily halted, school officials confirmed in a letter distributed to the parent body last week.   

‘Angels’ For Israeli Start-ups

02/06/2008
Staff Writer
When Warren Buffett plunked down $4 billion for an 80 percent stake in Israeli-based Iscar Metalworking in 2006, his first-ever foreign acquisition sent an unmistakable message that Israel’s industry is a good bet for foreign investors. Today, though Israel’s economy suffers from a growing income gap between rich and poor, foreign investment is up and Israeli high-tech start-ups are on the rise.  

Online Obituaries

02/06/2008
Staff Writer
The yentas who check OnlySimchas.com on an hourly basis may want to bookmark a new Web site: Till120.com. Launched in mid-October, Till120.com is a different sort of lifecycles Web site — it lists the latest passings in the Jewish community worldwide, along with funeral and shiva information. Users can enter their ZIP code and sign up for free e-mail notifications, notifying them instantaneously about funeral arrangements and minyan times.  

So Close And Yet So Far Away

01/23/2008
Staff Writer
Jehoshua Pomeranz and Jackie Gartenberg lived in the same Monsey community for more than three decades. Their kids attended the same school. And way back when, their wives played in the same bowling league. But only recently did they discover that they are first cousins — and that Gartenberg is a kohen (a member of the priestly tribe). The ironic twist? They still haven’t met. That’s because it was Pomeranz’s recent aliyah — and the newspaper article chronicling it — that brought them together.

Capitalizing On Israeli Investments

01/16/2008
Staff Writer
It used to be that if you wanted to invest in Israeli companies trading on the Nasdaq, you plunked some cash into Teva Pharmaceutical (TEVA). The more savvy pro-Israel investor would track Israeli IT companies like Check Point Software Technologies (CHKP), a leading security firm instrumental in developing computer firewalls, or telecommunications giants like Amdocs (DOX), a $7 billion billing company.

Getting A ‘Second Life’

01/09/2008
Staff Writer
It will look like any other Israeli celebration. Israeli music will blare in the background. The Israeli flag will be raised, followed by a few (short) speeches. Freebie sunglasses and kova tembel hats will be distributed. There will even be guided tours of Israeli hotspots — on flying carpets. Yes, you read that right. The party will take place this Sunday at 1 p.m. in Second Life, an Internet-based 3-D virtual world that boasts nearly 12 million users. More than 100 Second Lifers are expected to get their keyboards out and party.

Youth Philanthropy Grows Up

01/09/2009
Staff Writer
Rachel Rosenfeld opened up a school in Cambodia. Danny Schwartz donated kitchens to six Ethiopian families in Israel. And Becky Weinberg organized “Becky’s Closet,” donating princess-like dresses to needy bat mitzvah girls in Canarsie, Brooklyn. The common denominator? All three are New York Jews under the age of 18.

‘Wall Street’s Bedroom’

01/02/2008
Staff Writer
Then it comes to ZIP codes, 90210 (Beverly Hills) and 02138 (Cambridge, Mass.) have nothing on New York’s 10013, otherwise known as Tribeca. The Triangle Below Canal Street, where luxurious lofts line the charming cobblestone streets, has become a residential boomtown, running from the Hudson River to Broadway, and bordered on the north by Canal Street and on the south by Vesey Street.

Streit’s Leaving Lower East Side

12/26/2007
Staff Writer
Matzah may be “poor man’s bread,” but in the case of Streit’s, the factory where the unleavened bread is baked is valuable real estate. Aron Streit, Inc., recently announced that it is putting its four-building factory located on the corner of Rivington and Suffolk streets on the market for $25 million.
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