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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."

"Brooklyn is a city?"

If you lived in Brooklyn in the 70s, or visited, you'll recall the famous sign that greeted motorists coming off the Verrazano Bridge onto the Belt Parkway welcoming you to "America's 4th Largest City." Yes, Brooklyn was once a city, but what the sign, posted by then-Borough President Sebastian Leone, was really saying, in Brooklynese, is "If Brooklyn was a city, it'd be bigger than all them other cities, except four."

Iconic Brooklyn sign

Cuomo Meets With Chasidic Leaders

10/04/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

Democratic candidate for governor Andrew Cuomo said Sunday that he and his father always had warm ties with the chasidic community and he hoped to “take it to another level” if he is elected next month.

“We have a special relationship that goes back many years,” the attorney general and son of three-term governor Mario Cuomo said during meetings with prominent chasidic leaders in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, as seen on a YouTube video of the meetings.

Messianic Jews Making New Push In Flatbush

Counter-missionaries warn of major center in heart of Orthodox Brooklyn, but residents seem unconcerned.

09/29/2010
Staff Writer

On the 1900 block of Coney Island Avenue, a major business thoroughfare in the heart of Brooklyn’s heavily Orthodox Flatbush neighborhood, you could easily buy some kosher sushi or a few tractates of the Talmud.

Soon, the neighborhood’s residents will also have the opportunity to study the New Testament there and attend Jewish-style worship services that recognize Jesus as the Messiah.

Chosen People Ministries’ Flatbush building.

Lulav Ltd.

As holidays go, Sukkot has its fair share of rituals. In addition to building the huts and eating in them, the prayer for dew, the ushpizin and of course the blessing of the four species, I’ve added one of my own.

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