New Jersey

Getting A ‘Second Life’

01/09/2008
Staff Writer
It will look like any other Israeli celebration. Israeli music will blare in the background. The Israeli flag will be raised, followed by a few (short) speeches. Freebie sunglasses and kova tembel hats will be distributed. There will even be guided tours of Israeli hotspots — on flying carpets. Yes, you read that right. The party will take place this Sunday at 1 p.m. in Second Life, an Internet-based 3-D virtual world that boasts nearly 12 million users. More than 100 Second Lifers are expected to get their keyboards out and party.

Streit’s Leaving Lower East Side

12/26/2007
Staff Writer
Matzah may be “poor man’s bread,” but in the case of Streit’s, the factory where the unleavened bread is baked is valuable real estate. Aron Streit, Inc., recently announced that it is putting its four-building factory located on the corner of Rivington and Suffolk streets on the market for $25 million.

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.

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.

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.

Rifka’s Words Still Speak To Me

12/05/2007
Special To The Jewish Week
Almost a decade ago, before Facebook enabled us to be friends with people we’d never met, before blogs gave us front-row seats into the intimate lives of strangers, I was friends with Rifka Rosenwein.  

New Jersey Eyes Ways To Oust Poet Laureate

12/13/2002
Staff Writer
New Jersey lawmakers were set this week to review bipartisan bills aimed at ousting the state's poet laureate, Amiri Baraka, who has been accused of making anti-Semitic remarks in his poem "Somebody Blew Up America." One bill, from Democratic state Senate President Richard Codey, would authorize the state Council for the Humanities to remove a sitting poet laureate. The other bill, sponsored by Republican Sen. Peter Inverso, would allow the governor to fire a poet laureate.

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.

This Semester From Jerusalem

10/18/2002
Staff Writer
Rabbi Zvi Grumet shows up at 2:15 p.m. three times a week to teach his 8:15 a.m. Torah class in Teaneck, N.J. The administration of the Torah Academy of Bergen County doesn’t mind a bit — Rabbi Grumet does his teaching from Jerusalem.

Searching For Home

08/01/2003
Staff Writer
Siona Benjamin is alone again. Surrounded by other artists who, like her, have roots in South Asia, the Bombay native stands apart. Her paintings (which are reminiscent of Indian miniatures) clearly reflect the visual culture of her homeland. But a closer look reveals a distinctive iconography of Hebrew words, menorahs and Sabbath flames drawn from Benjamin's Jewish heritage. "I believe in using the specifics to get to the general," Benjamin said during a recent interview at her tidy home and studio in Montclair, N.J.
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