Richard Taruskin and Classical Music: Good for the Jews

Perhaps the greatest irony of classical music is that, while Jews have excelled in the genre as both composers and musicians, they have left very little notable music with an identifiable Jewish strain.  Many have tried, to be sure—Leonard Bernstein and Steven Reich, to name two.  But both those greats will be forever famous for their non-Jewish work.

Paul Reportedly Was involved In Racist, Anti-Semitic Newsletters


 Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul reportedly signed off on racially charged newsletters in the 1990s, despite denying his involvement.

Paul said recently that he was not involved in the writing of and did not read the “Ron Paul Survival Report” pamphlets produced in the 1990s as part of a marketing campaign for a company and non-profit organization that was intertwined with his political career, the Washington Post reported Saturday, citing three people with direct knowledge of his business.

Alleged N.J. Synagogue Attacker Facing New Charges


(JTA) -- The 19-year-old man charged in attacks on two northern New Jersey synagogues allegedly planned to attack another nearby synagogue.

Anthony Graziano of Lodi, N.J., who has pleaded not guilty to the two attacks, allegedly hid Molotov cocktails and a bicycle in the woods near the Jewish Community Center of Paramus with plans for an attack on Jan. 7.

The Bergen County prosecutor on Jan. 27 added charges of aggravated arson and bias intimidation for the planned attack.

Arrest Made In N.J. Synagogue Attacks


A 19-year-old man was arrested in attacks on two northern New Jersey synagogues.

Anthony M. Graziano of Lodi, N.J., was arrested Tuesday morning in connection with the Jan. 11 firebomb attack on a synagogue and residence in neighboring Rutherford and the Jan. 3 arson attack on a synagogue in Paramus, the Record newspaper reported. Bail was set at $5 million.

Hikind Slams Manhattan DA Over Hate Suspect's Bail


Two judges and the Manhattan district attorney were too soft on a man suspected of anti-Semitic hate crimes, Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind said on Thursday.

David Haddad was released on his own recognizance by Kings County Criminal Court Judge Linda Poust-Lopez, while New York State Acting Supreme Court Judge Abraham Clott in Manhattan set bail at $2,500, which Hikind called " nothing short of shocking. Manhattan DA Cy Vance requested a bail of only $5,000. New Yorkers deserve an explanation."

Bergen Shuls On Edge As Security Beefs Up

After firebomb attack on N.J. synagogue, rabbi embraced by Rutherford neighbors.

Staff Writer

Just days after extinguishing flames in his bedroom from a firebomb attack, Rutherford, N.J., Rabbi Nosson Schuman has begun talking about turning this hate crime into an event that unites the entire community and brings together Jews of all denominations.

“We suffered 10 minutes of extreme hate and at least four days of great love and solidarity,” the rabbi said, noting that there was an interfaith event on Saturday night. “We’re now going to try to do something else to promote understanding and unity in the community.”

The torched Congregation Beth El in Rutherford: Hate followed by solidarity.

A Rash Of Swastikas, With Question Marks

Too soon to say if it’s a hate wave, says JCRC, as cops probe motives.

Assistant Managing Editor

The reports of swastika incidents and other crimes lately seem to appear so fast that it’s hard to keep track of them. But in some cases, the episodes may have an awkward, if not bizarre, explanation.

Police on Monday arrested a Jewish man from Manhattan for making anti-Semitic phone calls to his mother and other women, and he is also suspected of painting anti-Semitic graffiti.

Painting of swastikas in Midwood.

Rabbi Burned By Explosive At NJ Shul; DA Calls Attack Attempted Murder

Staff Writer

Firebombs thrown through the second floor bedroom window of a northern New Jersey rabbi landed on his bed early Wednesday morning, setting his blanket ablaze.

He was able to extinguish it before fleeing the building with his wife, five children and his parents.

The home is attached to Congregation Beth El, an Orthodox synagogue in Rutherford, N.J. Authorities said the attack, which occurred at about 4:30 a.m., was targeting the rabbi, Nosson Schuman. The Bergen County prosecutor, John Molinelli, said the case would be treated as an attempted murder.

Suspect In N.J. Vandalism Of Jewish Stores Reportedly Is Jewish



A New Brunswick, N.J., man who was charged in the vandalism of several Jewish-owned shops in nearby Highland Park reportedly is Jewish.

Why Should We Care About The Religious Views of Our Candidates?

Jewish Week Online Columnist


As the Presidential race progresses, once again the role of religion in politics has re-emerged as a common tension that cannot be dismissed. American Jews have often feared bringing religion into the political discourse out of fear of anti-Semitism, but this concern has hopefully lessened since Senator Lieberman was a serious Presidential candidate while being open about his traditional Jewish practices and perspectives. In our commitment to build a just society, we have an imperative to ask questions about the religious views of our politicians.

Rabbi Yanklowitz is Founder and President of Uri L’Tzedek, Director of Jewish Life and Senior Jewish Educator at UCLA Hillel.
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