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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.

In The Shadow Of The Shoah

09/06/2002
Staff Writer
Berlin: The Jewish Museum Berlin is not a Holocaust museum. So insists the museum's new project director, Cilly Kugelman, who says, "We define ourselves as a German history museum that focuses on the Jewish minority in Germany." It's a distinction that may be lost on many first-time visitors to the museum's permanent exhibition, which opened to the public one year ago next week.   

Marathon Mensches

11/08/2002
Staff Writer
Zviya Lushe, Chana Ben-Shoan, Yitzchak Caravani and Dorit Baxter didn’t know the five disabled Israeli athletes who came here last week to compete in the New York Marathon, but the former Israelis who now live in the New York area opened their homes and businesses to the visitors. “Most of all, their hearts,” said Yoel Sharon, executive director of Etgarim (Hebrew for challenges), an 8-year-old organization that brings outdoor and adventure sports to Israel’s disabled population. Etgarim sponsored the Israeli delegation in the marathon.

The Drums Of Passion

08/29/2003
Staff Writer
Animal hide is a source of many joys of Judaism. After all, the Torah scroll itself is written on kosher parchment. Still, a celebration of this month's Tu b'Av holiday that featured djembe drums from Ghana was an unexpected experience for many who found themselves hitting the skins with abandon.

Chasidic Leader Sentenced To Prison

12/24/2009
Staff Writer

(JTA) — The head of a Brooklyn-based Chasidic sect was sentenced to two years in federal prison for a decade-long fraud and money-laundering scheme.
Rabbi Naftali Tzvi Weisz, grand rebbe of the Spinka sect, was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
Weisz, 61, had pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy last August.

Outreach Rabbi Resigns Amid Cloud Of Scandal

12/16/2009

An influential ultra-Orthodox rabbi who supervises conversions has stepped down abruptly from the organization he has led for about five years.

Rabbi Leib Tropper resigned this week as head of Eternal Jewish Family, the Monsey-based conversion group he founded. In an official EJF press release issued late Monday, two days after Rabbi Tropper’s resignation took effect, the rabbi cited a desire to pursue “a variety of other interests.

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Judges: Deri Turned On N.Y. Benefactors

03/26/1999
Staff Writer
She was an elderly, recently widowed Holocaust survivor living out what would be the last months of her life in a small Rego Park flat still haunted with memories of her husband. But as the investigation of Israeli Interior Minister and Sephardi kingmaker Aryeh Deri intensified in Jerusalem, it was Esther Werderber of Queens, strangely enough, who came under crushing pressure.

N.Y. Head Of Racist Church Faults Jews

07/16/1999
Staff Writer
The leader of the New York chapter of the World Church of the Creator says his group would be prepared to work with "righteous" Jews who "stand up against the mongrelization of the country" that he says most Jews support.

Jews Step Into ‘Dung’ Wars

10/01/1999
Staff Writer
Next time, it could be a Sefer Torah with elephant dung dabbed on it. That vision is what the head of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations says motivated him to denounce the “Sensation” exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum of Art this week and, as he said in a press release, “support those civic leaders who have questioned whether public funds should support this exhibition.”
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