'Crumbs' Cupcakes To Close All Doors

A kibbutz-inspired baked goods empire fails, telling arriving workers to go home.

Jewish Week Correspondent

After several weeks of public financial difficulty, Crumbs Cupcakes has announced that by the end of Monday they would permanently close all of their locations.

The end of an era. Michael Datikash

Mason and Mug, and Beyond: Matthue Roth, Itta Werdiger-Roth


Creating everything from hip dining to children’s literature, Itta Werdiger-Roth and Matthue Roth have become Brooklyn’s Jewish power couple.

Matthue Roth and Itta Werdiger-Roth. Sam Suter

Helping is his Business: Shlomo Klapper


One day while walking through the University of Pennsylvania cafeteria, Shlomo Klapper struck up a conversation with Troy Harris, one of the cafeteria’s workers. Harris had a great idea for a small business but couldn’t it get it off the ground. Klapper, who has a self-described “bias towards action,” wanted to find a way to help not just Harris, but all the struggling small businesses in West Philadelphia. This was the humble beginning of Consult for America (CFA), a student group that offers pro-bono consulting services to struggling low-income businesses.

Shlomo Klapper

Wall Street Humanitarian: Andrew Klaber


When asked about his many accomplishments, Andrew Klaber states the facts: summa cum laude graduate of Yale; MBA/JD from Harvard Business School and Harvard Law; investor at Paulson & Co. Inc., a leading hedge fund in New York. He sits on the boards of over half a dozen nonprofits, serves as co-chair of UJA-Federation’s Young Wall Street Division, and has run nine marathons.

Andrew Klaber

Cool Dude with a Heart: Eli Lunzer


Eli Lunzer is known on New York’s Jewish young professionals scene as a successful party producer. What many don’t realize, however, is that Lunzer, owner of Eli Lunzer Productions, has for many years donated significant time to an array of charities.

Eli Lunzer

US-Israel Venture Summit

 The Jewish Week's Aaron Herman reports from the U.S.-Israel Venture Summit in New York City., where cutting-edge Israeli startups meet top venture capitalists, angel investors and investment bankers from throughout North America.

Shanghai Jew

Do we have a distinct and identifiable way of doing business?


On a visit to China in 2005, adopting a baby girl with a contingent of other families, my tour guide pulled me aside toward the end of our trip and popped a question that took me by surprise.

“Are you Jewish?”

“Yes,” I replied somewhat cautiously.

“Shanghai Jew,” he said with an admiring stare.

“You mean the Jews that sought refuge in Shanghai during World War II?” I asked.

“No, it’s a popular expression used in China meaning ‘clever in business.’”

Employees of the Jewish Loan Cassa, Milan,Italy, c. 1948, Courtesy American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

The Business of Being Jewish

With lessons in marketing strategies and discussions about Israel, BBYO’s Manhattan summer internship program combines career skills and Judaism.

Editorial Intern

They could have been sitting by the pool or shopping at the mall, but 67 high school students from across the country were in Midtown on a sweltering late-July day working on business plans for mock restaurants and Laundromat businesses they were trying to get off the ground.
Like contestants on “The Apprentice,” they were trying to impress a discerning panel of judges, this one from a Baruch College entrepreneurial center addressing considerations like target demographics, marketing strategies and expenses such as salaries, insurance, utilities and upkeep.

Business and pleasure: Members of BBYO group in front of the Metropolitan Museum.

Flying High Upstate

Staff Writer
In a boost to New York's troubled upstate economy, a subsidiary of Israel Aircraft Industries will relocate its North American repair and overhaul operations from Miami to a former airbase in the Mohawk Valley later this year, it was announced Monday.
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