Report: Stark DNA Found In Kidnap Van

01/29/2014 - 19:00

Traces of DNA of Brooklyn real estate developer Menachem Stark was found in a van seized by police in the investigation of his kidnapping and murder.

Hipster And/Or Chasid?

Grab lunch or dinner at Brooklyn’s latest chic kosher food venture.

01/27/2014 - 19:00
Web Editor

The question of whether the beard of a Brooklynite denotes a fervently religious Jew or a kale-besotted, workboot-wearing rooftop gardener first gained currency on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” On the show, the late night host asked it of a hirsute man on the street in a tight close-up that gradually widened to reveal whether the interviewee was hipster or chasid.

Yuda Schlass prepares his pricey premium sandwiches on the meat side of his kitchen. Helen Chernikoff

The Year Ahead: Hipping Up Ashkenazi Food

12/30/2013 - 19:00

Jeffrey Yoskowitz is definitely a young Jewish leader to watch; it’s just sometimes hard to figure out exactly which Yoskowitz you’re watching. Recently returned home from Sweden, where he spoke at the Limmud Jewish education conference, Yoskowitz is a polymath in the Brooklyn mold. He’s a writer, researcher, pickler and social entrepreneur, a kosher foodie educated at Solomon Schechter schools in New Jersey who has never tasted pork — yet is writing a book about the pork industry in Israel. Yes, it’s non-fiction. Yoskowitz, 29, has been studying the industry since 2007, when he received a fellowship to do so after graduating from Brown University.

Gefilteria's Jeffrey Yoskowitz.

The Year Ahead: Modern Orthodoxy at the Crossroads

12/30/2013 - 19:00

Modern Orthodox advocates trumpet a “revival” of daring intellectual excitement and halachic experimentation. Literacy is high. Intermarriage is low. But growth is dwarfed by the booming demographics in the yeshivish and chasidic worlds. Just one chasidic girls’ school (Beis Ruchel) in Brooklyn has 15 first grades, about as many as all the Modern Orthodox first grades in Manhattan, Riverdale, and Westchester combined. Haredi yeshivas will ordain scores of rabbis in 2014; liberal Yeshivat Chovevei Torah will ordain only two rabbis.

The Year Ahead: The Lubavitcher Rebbe, 20 Years After

12/30/2013 - 19:00

Two decades ago, June 12, 1994, after years of messianic crescendo, controversy and genial outreach, the Lubavitcher rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, breathed his last. Like Joe Hill or Elijah, the rebbe became one of those characters that some say never really died, either literally or figuratively. The debate within Chabad over his messianism has become somewhat muted with the years, as the passage of time does its dulling. But one thing is beyond dispute: The rebbe is having one heck of an afterlife.

The late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson.

After Holiday Tragedy, Florida Rabbis Work To Cut Traffic Deaths

10/22/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Following the death of an Orthodox Jewish woman who was killed while crossing a busy Jacksonville road on Yom Kippur, a group of rabbis met this week with a Florida Department of Transportation engineer to prevent a recurrence, the Florida Times-Union reported.

Brooklyn Measles Outbreak Ends

07/22/2013 - 20:00

 A measles outbreak in Brooklyn is over, the New York City Department of Health said.

Brooklyn Measles Outbreak Ends

07/22/2013 - 20:00

A measles outbreak in Brooklyn is over, the New York City Department of Health said.

Orthodox-focused Holocaust Museum To Open In Borough Park

04/03/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Although his father was a Holocaust survivor, and he lived near many other survivors, Rabbi Sholom Friedmann grew up learning only the broad strokes of the Shoah.

An artist’s rendering of the Kleinman Family Holocaust Education Center, scheduled to open later this year.
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