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Israeli Team’s Efforts Stand Out In Haiti

As IDF rescuers and doctors save lives,
rare praise for a disproportionate response.

01/21/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

Israel’s rapid response to the disaster in Haiti and the success of its experienced emergency team in saving many lives has drawn extensive media coverage, and has become a major source of pride in the Jewish community.

The Israel Defense Forces sent 220 personnel to the Caribbean island on Jan. 15, three days after a 7.0-scale earthquake devastated the capital city of Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas. The team included 40 doctors, 20 nurses and paramedics, search-and-rescue teams with trained dogs and other specialists.

Rescue workers on Jan. 15 carry an injured survivor of the earthquake in Haiti to the Israeli field hospital, where some 40 doct

Race Suddenly On For Felder’s Seat

The appointment this week of Simcha Felder as deputy comptroller has created some drama in the outgoing councilman’s Borough Park district.

01/06/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

The appointment this week of Simcha Felder as deputy comptroller has created some drama in the outgoing councilman’s Borough Park district.

News that Felder will serve only days of the third term he won last November has reignited a race that was postponed when term limits were extended in 2008.

David Greenfield, director of the Sephardic Community Federation, who seemed to break speed records at fundraising, has announced he’ll once again seek to succeed Felder.

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Kosher Kitchen Battle At Bronx Hospital

Montefiore supervisor says vigilance got him fired, files human rights complaint; OU says charges are unfounded.

01/06/2010
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A kashrut supervisor who was fired from his post at a Montefiore Medical Center kitchen says he paid the price for exposing what he claims were kosher violations at the Bronx hospital.

But an executive of the Orthodox Union, which placed him there, insists any infractions were routine and that the mashgiach, Robert Frank, tried to use them as bargaining chips to deal with disciplinary measures taken against him by the hospital.

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The Shortest Commute

Assistant Managing Editor
12/08/2009
When Stuart Reichman, a chef from Teaneck, N.J., was forced out of his job at a large kosher processing plant due to downsizing last year, he put what he had learned there to good use. “I had never worked in a factory before,” said Reichman, 44. “It was a very different kind of work, and I learned about production, quality control and the creativity of making a new product. I also came across ingredients that in all my years of cooking I had never come across.”

Avoiding Retirement Pitfalls

Assistant Managing Editor
12/08/2009
The day you leave the office with your gold watch is a poor time to start thinking about how to make investments. But in today’s wait-and-see economy, more middle-aged workers are putting off the tough decisions, says Spencer Sherman, author of “The Cure For Money Madness (Random House). And what they think is conservative may prove risky. Here’s his take on what you can do today with limited resources to plan for what will, hopefully, be abundant golden years. What’s your advice to those with retirement in sight, if not around the corner?

For Jewish Politics, A Decade Of Declines

Civil liberties, Jewish power, unity on Israel, confidence in elected officials all took hits in a period scarred by 9/11.

12/24/2009
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At the end of the 1990s, the nation seemed to want nothing more than a scandal-free White House and reassurance that computers wouldn’t go haywire when the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve.

But a decade later, the political landscape has been radically transformed, and several important narratives have unfolded that will change Jewish life in America forever.

‘Last Stand’ In Pelham

New kosher restaurant, aided by Bronx community council, dishes out hope in struggling Jewish area.

12/16/2009
Assistant Managing Editor

When Yitzchak Gross had an unplanned day off from Ramaz High School last week, he stopped for a slice of kosher pizza on the way back to his home in the Pelham Parkway section of the Bronx — something that would have been impossible just six months ago.

Still hauling his school backpack, Gross, 17, found himself at Moishy’s, where everyone knows his name, immediate seating is always available and there’s rarely a line at the counter.

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The Shortest Commute

Assistant Managing Editor
12/09/2009

When Stuart Reichman, a chef from Teaneck, N.J., was forced out of his job at a large kosher processing plant due to downsizing last year, he put what he had learned there to good use.

“I had never worked in a factory before,” said Reichman, 44. “It was a very different kind of work, and I learned about production, quality control and the creativity of making a new product. I also came across ingredients that in all my years of cooking I had never come across.”

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Avoiding Retirement Pitfalls

Assistant Managing Editor
12/09/2009

The day you leave the office with your gold watch is a poor time to start thinking about how to make investments. But in today’s wait-and-see economy, more middle-aged workers are putting off the tough decisions, says Spencer Sherman, author of “The Cure For Money Madness (Random House). And what they think is conservative may prove risky. Here’s his take on what you can do today with limited resources to plan for what will, hopefully, be abundant golden years.

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Looming New York State Social Service Cuts Could Hurt Neediest

Local Jewish agencies bracing for ‘staggering’ state aid reductions, with programs for aged hardest hit.

12/02/2009
Assistant Managing Editor

As state legislators and Gov. David Paterson worked to hammer out a mid-year cut in state spending this week, social service providers were eagerly waiting to see if they would use a scalpel or a chainsaw.

Gov. David Paterson says spending cuts by legislators don’t go far enough. getty images
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