Tamar Snyder

Conversion Institute Head Raps Chief Rabbinate

12/26/2007
Staff Writer
Professor Benjamin Ish-Shalom is head of the Joint Conversion Institute, a network of study centers aimed at helping immigrants, including the estimated 300,000 people from the former Soviet Union, convert to Judaism. The Institute, which represents Orthodox, Conservative and Reform Jews, was established by the Israeli government and the Jewish agency following the Ne’eman Commission’s recommendations in April 1998.

Israeli Jewelry Finds Downtown Benchmark

12/26/2007
Staff Writer
Eli Halili gets what he wants. And he has a wooden bench with his name on it to prove it.

Where Kosher Food Comes With A Caipirinha

12/05/2007
Staff Writer
Jose de Meirelles is going American, and informal. And he’s betting that there’s a market in the Jewish food world for a sophisticated kosher bar. The owner of the famed kosher steakhouse Le Marais, de Meirelles has just opened The Clubhouse Café, an American-style bar and restaurant located just across the street from his high-toned French kosher steakhouse on West 46th Street. Clubhouse is sleek and minimalist — you could walk right past the restaurant without even realizing it’s there.

The New Business Of N.Y. Shuls

10/12/2007
Staff Writer
Synagogues in Manhattan are getting a facelift — and it’s commercial developers who are delivering a potent injection of cash. Destined to be the largest synagogue constructed in Manhattan in 50 years, Lincoln Square Synagogue’s state-of-the-art, 52,000-square-foot shul is being funded in part by a land swap with real estate developer American Continental Properties Inc.

Cuddly Kabbalah

11/28/2007
Staff Writer
Editor’s Note: This is the first in an occasional series profiling Jewish entrepreneurs who are making their mark here in a variety of business ventures. Move over, Madonna. Ken Goldman is the latest name in kabbalistic lore. Well, at least when it comes to toys.

Swastika Chic?

11/07/2007
Staff Writer
Is neo-Nazism back in fashion? In May, a woman was shocked to discover a red swastika stamped on the insoles of her black Steve Madden shoes. More recently, a British customer returned a colorful handbag after discovering four green swastikas embroidered at the corners, alongside cheerful-looking flowers and bicycles.

S.I. Jews Running On Dunkin’

10/31/2007
Staff Writer
For the Jews of “the forgotten borough,” life just got a little sweeter. Less than a year ago, a new, $40 million Jewish community center opened in Staten Island in the heart of its Orthodox Jewish community. This followed census data showing a 27 percent increase in the Jewish population of the island from 1991 to 2002, much of it fueled by Russians moving from Brooklyn.

The New Business Of N.Y. Shuls: Air Rights

10/11/2007
Staff Writer
Synagogues in Manhattan are getting a facelift — and it’s commercial developers who are delivering a potent injection of cash. Destined to be the largest synagogue constructed in Manhattan in 50 years, Lincoln Square Synagogue’s state-of-the-art, 52,000-square-foot shul is being funded in part by a land swap with real estate developer American Continental Properties Inc.

The Ghosts Of Upper Broadway

09/20/2007
Staff Writer
The empty storefront on Broadway at 84th Street, where Morris Brothers stood, is haunting — in more ways than one. Neon posters advertising the opening of a costume superstore, just in time for Halloween, are plastered across the windows of what used to be the storied Jewish-owned sportswear shop, a fixture of the Upper West Side for more than 60 years.
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