Orthodox Judaism

Jewish Group Turns Up Heat In Eruv Fight

11/24/2008 - 19:00
Staff Writer
The controversy over a proposed eruv for observant Jews in Westhampton Beach, L.I., heated up this week when eruv opponents sent a letter to residents that the American Jewish Congress labeled “racist.” “It’s pretty close to sheer bigotry,” said Marc Stern, the AJC’s acting co-executive director. The opponents, members of a group calling itself the Jewish People Opposed to the Eruv (JPOE), said in their letter that they were seeking to “preserve and protect this secular community.”

Orthodox Rabbis Now Tie Kashrut To Ethics

09/28/2008 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Mainstream Orthodox rabbis have for the first time affirmed that kosher food must not only be prepared in a certain way but that the company doing the work must comply with specific ethical standards. The centrist Orthodox group, the 1,000-member Rabbinical Council of America, announced last week that it was establishing a task force to develop business and professional ethical guidelines. The RCA is the rabbinic authority of the Orthodox Union, which provides kosher supervision to 3,000 companies.

Judge Versus Rabbis

01/20/2009 - 19:00
Staff Writer
As more and more “black-hat” Jews flocked into the Five Towns in recent years, the Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway in Lawrence found itself at a crossroads. The highly regarded Modern Orthodox day school, with a middle-of-the-road philosophy that mixes tradition with modernity, was now a fish out of water, so to speak — a left-leaning institution in an area quickly moving to the right religiously.

Court To Weigh Sale Of Syosset Shul

05/05/2009 - 20:00
Staff Writer
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.

IIDF Booklet Not Kosher, Says OU

07/21/2009 - 20:00
Staff Writer
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.”

Stony Brook Trying To Lure Orthodox

06/09/2009 - 20:00
Staff Writer
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. Stony Brook? 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.
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