Brooklyn’s Beth Elohim Wins Landmark Grant Contest


Congregation Beth Elohim of Park Slope, Brooklyn tallied the second highest number of online votes in the American Express Partners in Preservation program and will receive $250,000 for preservation. The contest was run in conjunction with the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Questions Surfacing On Hynes’ Task Force

Critics wonder if new panel on abuse cases will be independent enough; DA may include victims’ advocates.

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Under fire for his handling of child sexual abuse cases in the ultra-Orthodox community, the Brooklyn district attorney will “possibly” involve some members of the advocacy community on his new task force to combat intimidation of witnesses in such cases, according to a spokesman.

Former Mayor Ed Koch is pushing the Brooklyn DA to put anti-abuse advocates on new panel. getty images

Shea Rubenstein, Helping the needy in Marine Park.

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Shea Rubenstein, 35

Twitter: @SheaRubenstein,

As the Jewish population in Marine Park, Brooklyn, continues to soar, so does the responsibility to look out for the needy in the community.

Shea Rubenstein

Kafka’s Rage — Toward His Father

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As they reach maturity, children sometimes feel obliged to pour out their resentment and rage toward their parents, whom they blame for the deficiencies of their childhood. In his vituperative “Letter to My Father,” the Czech Jewish writer Franz Kafka excoriates his father for abusing him both physically and psychologically.

Michael Guagno stars as Franz Kafka in “Letters To My Father.”

The Shaliach For School Reform

The Chabadnik city school headmaster is on a mission to revolutionize public education.

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Shimon Waronker, headmaster of Brooklyn’s New American Academy, repeats two phrases a lot: “Prussian industrial” and “divine providence.”

“Prussian industrial” is shorthand for what he sees as the “tyrannical” model — a legacy of King Frederick the Great, Ellwood Cubberly and Horace Mann — that is at the core of America’s troubled public school system.

Shimon Waronker: “I realized kindergarten is the hardest grade to teach.” Michael Datikash

Making Mischief Of One Kind. And Another.

Remembering Maurice Sendak, who sublimated his unhappy Brooklyn Jewish childhood into literary success.

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‘Oh please don’t go — we’ll eat you up — we love you so!”

That’s what the Wild Things say to Max when he abandons them to return to his mother, and his supper. It’s an expression of grief that surely rings true to countless children and former children who woke May 8 to learn that Maurice Sendak, creator of “Where the Wild Things Are” and several other beloved children’s books had died earlier that day at 83 of complications from a recent stroke.

Sendak based the Wild Things on aunts and uncles who scared him as a child. Getty Images

Judge Rules To Include Absentee Ballots In Brooklyn Senate Race


Seven weeks after south Brooklyn voters took to the polls to elect a new state Senator, a State Supreme Court Judge on Tuesday ruled that 119 disputed ballots will be included in the tally.

Democrat Lewis Fidler and Republican David Storobin have been locked in an extremely tight race and Fidler’s campaign contended in a court challenge that a Strobin campaign worker improperly collected absentee ballots.

‘Voices’ Divided Over Israel

Blocks away from a food co-op’s BDS battles, a quirky, progressive and not exactly pro-Israel shul grows in Brooklyn.

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Just a few weeks ago, the Park Slope Food Co-op became ground zero of the global movement to boycott Israel. A whirl of pamphlets, “The Daily Show” cameras and citizen journalists descended upon the Brooklyn neighborhood’s chic streets for a few days, and most of the area’s synagogues were swept into the melée.

Rabbi Ellen Lippmann.

Redistricting Shakes Up Jewish Map

Communities shifted to new House districts, but voting power seen intact.

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The new map for congressional districts in New York represents a fairly substantial shakeup of the local Jewish political map, which will put some members’ outreach and coalition-building skills to the test.

For example, Rep. Edolphus Towns will likely need a Russian-speaking liaison to reach out to what he hopes will be new constituents in Brighton Beach, who are currently in Jerrold Nadler’s district.

A map of Brooklyn and Queens created by the JCRC shows vacancy created by Rep. Gary Ackerman’s decision not to seek re-election.

Jewish Brooklyn, Through Japanese Eyes

Despite her distinctly non-Semitic background, a young scholar knows more about Jewish history than most members of the Tribe.

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For Jews, sitting in a cramped, clumsily crafted wooden Tabernacle for seven days is simply a cheerful part of the holiday calendar. For Japanese scholar of Jewish history, Mina Muraoka, who had never met a Jew before in her life before arriving in Brooklyn, in 2003, the experience was pleasantly exotic.

Mina Muraoka, a “secular Buddhist” from Japan.
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