Report: Brooklyn Café Charges Customers With Orthodox Garb $25 To Sit At Bar

10/22/2012 - 20:00

The River Café in Brooklyn charges Jews with Orthodox clothing or hairstyles a $25 minimum to sit at the bar, a fee that does not apply to other customers, two employees of the establishment told the New York Post.

An instruction manual given to café hosts says “if two religious Jews come in, we call ahead to the maître d’ and say, ‘Is there space for two at the water bar?’—in which case a minimum of $25 will be enforced that is just for Jews wearing yarmulkes or any sort of religious hat,” one employee said.

Feeding Frenzy In Brooklyn

09/10/2012 - 20:00
Associate Editors

With the weather still hot, summer camp over and the children restless, the last week before school starts can be a challenge for many parents.

All the more so for haredi parents, who on average have more than three times the number of children as other New York Jewish parents, according to a recent UJA-Federation of New York study. While many of the children receive federally subsidized meals at camp and school, during that last week of summer — with no food programs — low-income families often struggle to get everyone fed.

A truck dispatched to Borough Park and Williamsburg passed out over 2,700 meals the week before school started.  Rebecca Saidlow

Ehrenreich Riding The Brooklyn Wave

Return of ‘A Jews Grows in Brooklyn’ given fresh relevance by new population survey.
07/02/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Call it the Jewish Cape Canaveral. Brooklyn has been the launching pad for so many eminent Jewish Americans — from Arthur Miller to Woody Allen, and from Barbra Streisand to Ruth Bader Ginsburg — that one could hardly imagine America without it. Perhaps this helps to account for the continuing popularity of Jake Ehrenreich’s one-man show, “A Jew Grows in Brooklyn,” which has returned to New York after a record-breaking Off-Broadway run and a North American tour.

Ehrenreich “shortened, deepened and ‘wisened up’” the show over the years. Charlotte Nation

Ivrit B’Brooklyn

Hannah Senesh’s Hebrew-immersion day camp part of wider effort to increase foreign- language exposure.
06/25/2012 - 20:00
Associate Editor
On the art room floor inside Brooklyn’s Hannah Senesh Community Day School a group of 5-year-olds are squatting around an enormous canvas, collectively coloring in the outline of a house, grass, sky and flowers with broad brushstrokes of tempera paint. While they work, a teacher points to their thick paintbrushes and quizzes the children about what colors they are using: “What color is the sky? Blue. Yes, blue. The sky is blue. And what about the grass? Green. Right, green.”
Hannah Senesh’s new day camp is an outgrowth of efforts to strengthen its Hebrew curriculum.  PHOTOS BY michael datikash

Representing Brooklyn On Capitol Hill

06/18/2012 - 20:00

Say one thing about Charles Barron — he doesn’t pander.

In his decade in public office he has never sugarcoated his views on the Middle East, making it clear that in every possible scenario his sympathy and loyalty go to the Palestinians. While he often talks of “evenhandedness” in Middle East policy, his mindset often shows anything but, seeing malice in every Israeli and altruism in every Arab.

Brooklyn’s Beth Elohim Wins Landmark Grant Contest

05/21/2012 - 20:00

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.
05/21/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

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.

Assistant Managing Editor/Online Editor
05/21/2012 - 20:00

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

05/14/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

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.
05/07/2012 - 20:00
Associate Editor

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
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