New Jersey

Keeping Up A Neighborhood Tradition

04/16/2008
Staff Writer
The customers of Aron Streit Inc., a New York City fixture for kosher-for-Passover matzah and other holiday food items since 1925, have one wish during this shopping season: Next year on the Lower East Side. The bakery and retail store at the corner of Rivington and Suffolk streets, the neighborhood’s last family-owned matzah-making facility, recently went on the market for $25 million.

PASSOVER: Speaking In (Passover) Tongues

04/09/2008
Staff Writer
A speech technology researcher and a pharmacist from nearby New Jersey have devoted the last 15 years to the Haggadah’s Four Questions. But this year they are answering one question. Why?

Shalom In The Homeland

03/23/2007
Staff Writer
In the United States, he’s known colloquially as “The Jewish Dr. Phil.” In Israel, he’ll simply be Rav Boteach. Rav is Hebrew for “rabbi.” Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, for two years the host of the “Shalom in the Home” reality-advice program on the TLC cable channel, is bringing his brand of low-key Jewish wisdom to the Jewish state. He arrived in Israel this week to start filming of an Israeli version of the program that will premiere on Channel 2 this spring.

From Coexistence House To White House

12/22/2006
Staff Writer
Since establishing the Middle East Coexistence House, a dormitory floor where Jews, Muslims and members of other faiths live together, at the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers University in New Jersey three months ago, Danielle Josephs has described the innovative dialogue project to Jewish activists around the country, Rutgers donors and alumni, faculty members and representatives of non-governmental organizations and journalists. On Monday she told the President of the United States about her idea.

The Chance To Fight Back

04/09/2004
Staff Writer
Military service is in the Perl family’s blood. Pvt. Otto Perl spent nearly a year in the Austrian army from 1937 to 1938. His father had been an officer in that same army in World War I, and two of his uncles had served in WWI. Perl, a tailor, was 22 in early 1938 when he was discharged a few months before his homeland was annexed by Nazi Germany. A Jew, he was arrested and sent to the Dachau and Buchenwald concentration camps for a year. He survived the forced labor and beatings and frigid weather.

Hollywood Pitches For UJC

09/17/2004
Staff Writer
A few Jews were hanging around Los Angeles’ City Hall, a can in their hands, asking for money the other day. You’ll soon be able to see their appeal on TV. Marlee Matlin, Jonathan Silverman and three other actors made their pitch as part of “Live Generously,” an advertising campaign coordinated by United Jewish Communities.

Profiling The Players

08/13/2004
Staff Writer
Many profiles of prominent athletes feature their “p.r.” That stands for personal record, the competitor’s best-ever performance in his or her sport, not for personal religion. So it’s often difficult to determine the religion of an athlete. In this issue and next week’s, The Jewish Week highlights some members of the U.S. Summer Olympics squad competing in Athens who are known to be members of the Jewish community.

Coming Out And Coming Home

11/19/2004
Staff Writer
‘Mom, do you have a minute.” My mother was sitting at her desk in our family’s dank, basement business office. I was on my way to work. “Sure,” she said. She turned away from her desk. I took a breath. I was about to tell my mother something about me that would forever change my relationship with her and my family, something that those closest to me had suspected for a while, something that many people like me felt.

A Bounce For Israel PR

11/12/2004
Staff Writer
Dozens of young Israelis have traveled to three continents on a privately sponsored public relations campaign for the Jewish state because Joey Low asked himself a question two years ago. Low, a national Hillel board member who lives in Purchase, found that “college kids knew nothing about Israel” and he wondered, “What can we do to change that?”
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