Making Mischief Of One Kind. And Another.

Remembering Maurice Sendak, who sublimated his unhappy Brooklyn Jewish childhood into literary success.
05/07/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

‘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

05/07/2012 - 20:00

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.
04/16/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

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.
03/26/2012 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

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.
03/05/2012 - 19:00
Editorial Intern

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.

The Kotel On Kingston Avenue

03/05/2012 - 19:00
Staff Writer

For those who can’t make the 5,883-mile pilgrimage to Jerusalem to pray at the Western Wall, there’s now a Kotel closer to home.

At the corner of Eastern Parkway and Kingston Avenue in Brooklyn.

Photo By Michael Datikash

Abuse Case Raising Statute Questions

Alleged victim claims Brooklyn DA didn’t aggressively pursue case; implications for FOIL.
02/27/2012 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

A 25-year-old man who is alleging that the Brooklyn District Attorney did not seriously pursue his sexual abuse case — and who is now too old to pursue legal remedies — will be speaking in Albany Wednesday in support of the Child Victim’s Act (CVA). The CVA is a bill that proposes extending the current statute of limitations on certain sex crimes against children to age 28. It also creates a one-year window during which victims of child sexual abuse can file civil suits regardless of when the alleged abuse occurred.

Brooklyn Senate Contenders Push Tuition Breaks

March 20 vote set in nasty race to succeed Kruger.
02/27/2012 - 19:00
Assistant Managing Editor

One candidate is a Brooklyn-born liberal Democrat with a decade of experience in the City Council. The other is a conservative Republican and political novice born in Belarus and sympathetic to the Tea Party movement.

But one thing Lewis Fidler, 55, and David Storobin, 33 have in common is a focus on helping Orthodox Jews and others who send their kids to private school get a break.

Lewis Fidler, left, says he’ll “push his way in” to get tuition tax credit in Albany. David Storobin, right.

In Brooklyn Redistricting, Eggs In One Basket

Senate releases superdistrict with heavy Orthodox base, but some question the logic; race for Kruger seat turns ugly.
01/30/2012 - 19:00
Assistant Managing Editor

As anticipated, New York’s legislative task force for redistricting last week released a map that packs several heavily Orthodox neighborhoods into one Senate bailiwick for a Jewish Brooklyn “superdistrict.”

But not everyone is embracing the idea.

“This is a smoke-filled, backroom deal,” said Councilman David Greenfield, who represents parts of Borough Park and Flatbush. Last year, Greenfield testified before the redistricting committee that two or three senators, rather than the current six should represent Orthodox areas.

Some say the proposed superdistrict would give Orothodox voters "significant influence" in Senate races.

Oprah Goes Orthodox (Sort Of)

01/30/2012 - 19:00
Associate Editor

Not since Melanie Griffith donned a sheitel to play an undercover cop in the 1992 film “A Stranger Among Us,” has an A-list celebrity (not counting Matisyahu) brought an entourage a film crew into chasidic Brooklyn.

But in a two-part series beginning Feb. 12, talk show diva Oprah Winfrey’s new TV program brings viewers to Crown Heights and Borough Park, where chasidic families she interviews, according to the “Oprah’s Next Chapter” website, “lift the veil, revealing the secrets to their usually private and mysterious way of life.”

Oprah learns about chasidic culture.
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