The long-running saga over the fate of the East Nassau Hebrew Congregation in Syosset seems now to be at a crossroads.
A controversial plan to sell the synagogue to a Korean church deserves judicial scrutiny, according to State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.
In papers filed before State Supreme Court Justice Thomas Phelan in Mineola, Assistant Attorney General Dorothy Nese asked the judge to conduct a full evidentiary hearing if necessary before deciding whether to permit the sale.
The Orthodox Union this week apologized for and disavowed the views expressed in a booklet its Israeli office distributed to Israeli soldiers claiming the Vatican taught Hezbollah how to kill Jews.
In a statement, the OU said its senior staff never saw or approved the booklet, which it said contained statements “antithetical to the well-known views of the OU regarding respect for other faiths and their leaders.”
In response to the economic downturn, the Orthodox Union will again be highlighting “emerging” areas of the country that are attractive — in terms of job opportunities and affordable housing — to the Orthodox Jewish lifestyle, including Atlanta, Houston and Stony Brook, L.I.
The Suffolk community’s appearance on the list, along with cities such as Des Moines, Iowa, and Richmond, Va., is throwing a spotlight on Stony Brook and just what kind of Orthodox life exists there.