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The Art Of ‘Sisterhood’

Israeli artist Ofri Cnaani challenges the Talmudic Sota story.

03/01/2011
Staff Writer

There is not much ambiguity in the 14-line Talmudic story known as “Sota.” As a parable about adultery, the tale is pretty straightforward: a husband accuses his wife of cheating on him, and then orders her to drink from a special fountain with “bitter water.” If she’s guilty, she’ll die; if she’s innocent she’ll be blessed with fertility.

The Talmudic story called “Sota” focuses on two sisters.

The Jewish Week Interviews Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz

Assistant managing editor Adam Dickter interviews Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.

For Charters’ Jewish Cousins, So Near, So Far

The tricky relationship between Hebrew charter schools and their religious after-school programs.

12/28/2010
Associate Editor

Inside the Kings Bay Y, a modest, postwar, two-story Jewish community center on a busy stretch of Nostrand Avenue adjacent to a housing project, the sounds of schoolchildren’s shouts, laughter and footsteps ricochet over the linoleum floors, through the chlorine-scented cinderblock-walled corridors, from the gym to the fluorescent-lit classrooms and activity rooms, to the swimming pool.

A Jewish after-school program at the Kings Bay Y.

NYPD Arrests Teens In W’burg Anti-Semitic Attacks

12/07/2010
Assistant Managing editor

Police in Williamsburg arrested two teens who were apprehended by the volunteer Shomrim Patrol following a violent attack Monday night, the second such attack in two weeks.

Moshe Guttman, 44, was attacked in the same area where Joel Weinberger was brutally assaulted on Thanksgiving Day, near Beer HaTorah yeshiva on Wallabout Street and Harrison Avenue around 11 p.m. as he was leaving a Chanukah party. The attackers fled after Guttman started screaming and the Shomrim caught the suspects as they ran.

Hate Crimes Probe In Williamsburg Beating

Assailants said ‘We Hate You,’ chasidic victim reports.

11/30/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

Williamsburg’s chasidic volunteer patrol has increased its presence in an industrial area near the spot where a 26-year-old yeshiva teacher was seriously injured in a Thanksgiving night beating. Police are investigating the attack as a possible bias crime.

Isaac Abraham, above, says the victim is recuperating. Councilman Steve Levin says “people are demanding answers.”

Crown Heights’ Upper Crust

At a kosher pizza and wine bar,
black meets Jew and frum meets foodie.

Special To The Jewish Week
11/30/2010

W hen the New York Times Magazine ran a prominent story in October about Basil Pizza and Wine Bar, a new kosher restaurant in Crown Heights, the writer, Frank Bruni, told of the place’s ambiance and its efforts to bring together Jews and their non-Jewish neighbors. But, as a letter writer bluntly pointed out the following week in the magazine, Bruni, formerly the paper’s restaurant critic, didn’t say much about the food. Good intentions and all, it was the pizza that the letter writer really wanted to hear about.

The scene at Basil. Michael Datikash

Claims Conference Insiders Nabbed In $42 Million Fraud

Scheme to rip off German government went back to 1994.

11/09/2010
Staff Writer

An 11-month federal investigation into allegedly fraudulent Holocaust reparation claims resulted in the announced arrest this week of 17 Brooklyn residents — including six insiders — on charges that they bilked the Claims Conference out $42.5 million.

Claims Conference’s Greg Schneider said it is believed that some of the Jews who provided the ringleaders with their identificat

Two Sides to Every Debate - And I Want My Side to Win

11/04/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

The East Bank of the East River is where I’ve lived for the past twenty years, in a territory known as Brooklyn, which began as Native American land and was then settled by the Dutch. George Washington and his troops beat a hasty retreat from the British in the park where I run. It is now among the most sought after places to live in New York City.

Rabbi Andy Bachman

'Kill Jews' Notes Author Charged With Hate Crime

11/04/2010

(JTA) -- A former Brooklyn car service driver accused of leaving notes reading 'Kill Jews' around New York's Long Island was arraigned on a hate crimes charge.

Demetrios Apolonide, the driver for XYZ Car Service who was arraigned Wednesday for aggravated harassment, allegedly dropped the notes, written on torn pieces of the company's vouchers, in the communities where he dropped off his fares, according to reports. He dropped the notes at least nine different times between September 2009 and March 2010.

Paladino Reads Anti-Gay Remarks Prepared By Yehuda Levin In Brooklyn

10/10/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

Republican candidate for governor Carl Paladino vowed to “oppose the homosexual agenda” in two public speeches with representatives of the Orthodox community, most of them chasidim, in Brooklyn on Sunday.

“Your community and other religious communities and pro-values communities can still band together to save societal values,” said Paladino, a businessman from Buffalo at a synagogue led by Rabbi Yechezkel Roth in 53rd Street in Borough Park. "Marriage should be between a man and a woman, pure and simple."

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