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ADL applauds repeal of religious garb ban in Oregon schools

This just in: the ADL is applauding the repeal of an Oregon law barring teachers from wearing religious garb in public school classrooms.

That puts Oregon in line with most other states, which do not prohibit teachers from wearing head scarves, turbans, religious-themed T-shirts - or kippot.

ADL regional director Hilary Bernstein had this to say:

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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Feeling The Latin Beat

08/09/2002
Staff Writer
Charly Rodriguez plays Latin jazz. So does Charly Schwartz: which may come as a surprise to his fellow band members in La Onda Va Bien. Schwartz and Rodriguez are the same person: the Brooklyn-born son of Cuban Jewish immigrants who raised him on equal parts Havana rhythms and "Hava Nagila."  

Wiesel Calls For Baraka's Ouster

05/16/2003
Staff Writer
Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel this week joined the campaign to oust New Jersey Poet Laureate Amiri Baraka, who has come under fire for implying that Israel had advance knowledge of the 9-11 terrorist attacks. "I think a man who writes such things should not be a literary voice for New Jersey or any other group in the United States or any civilized society," Wiesel told The Jewish Week.

Cooling The Campus Heat

05/10/2002
Staff Writer
New York University's Office of Student Life was the scene of a peace negotiation last week that Colin Powell can only dream about. On one side of Sally Arthur, assistant vice president for student life, sat two leaders of a pro-Israel Jewish student group called TorchPAC. On the other side sat two officials from the pro-Palestinian Arab Student Union, the largest Arab student group at the Greenwich Village institution.

Hofstra Paper Defends Revisionist Insert

11/05/1999
Staff Writer
Responding to outrage of ADL and others, editor claims booklet is protected under First Amendment. A 28-page booklet published by Holocaust denier Bradley R. Smith has touched off a controversy on the campus of Hofstra University in Hempstead, L.I., after the school newspaper became the first in the country to run it in last week's edition.

Suffolk Hit With Two More Bias Attacks

09/10/1999
Staff Writer
The tires of three cars parked at the South Huntington (L.I.) Jewish Center were slashed while their owners attended pre-High Holy Day services Saturday night, and a few hours later in Centereach, L.I., other vandals scrawled swastikas and anti-Semitic and anti-black epithets on a public school.

A Worldwide Plague

10/27/2000
Staff Writer
Yehudit Moch of Park Slope walked into St. Vincent's Hospital in Greenwich Village last week sporting a T-shirt embroidered with a large Star of David. "You'd better close your jacket," said the receptionist, who was half-Jewish. "It's not safe to be wearing that on the streets of New York."

At Hicksville seminar on acceptance, Solomon Schechter High students learn 'you can't take words back.'

02/06/1998
Staff Writer
Nicole Simon, a 10th-grader at the Solomon Schechter High School in Hicksville, was shocked and hurt recently when she boarded the school bus and a seventh-grader called her a "nigger." "I didn't know what to do," said the West Hempstead student. "The older kids on the bus had told him that to be cool at high school it was cool to say nigger. I was never called a nigger before. I was appalled."
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