Top Chefs, Humble Fare

High and low cuisine mix at a Masbia soup kitchen fundraiser on the Upper West Side.

09/26/2016 - 16:28
Photos By Nora Wesson

Alex Rapaport is the Soup Kitchen Tzaddik. The soft-spoken yet scrappy entrepreneur has built the Masbia soup kitchen into something of a righteous empire. He opened his third location earlier in the year, this one in Borough Park, and his staff serves two million meals a year to New York’s needy, Jews and non-Jews. “We’re a restaurant without a cash register,” Rapaport memorably put it. They serve up dignity, and they fill bellies, masbia being Hebrew for “satiate.” Word got out a couple of years ago; even People magazine stopped by.

Photos By Nora Wesson/JW

Emanu-el President Gives $15 Million To Skirball Center

Grant marks a major development for 141-year-old Reform synagogue.

09/23/2016 - 10:47
Staff Writer

John Harrison Streicker, president of Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan, was among some 2,500 people who crowded into the sanctuary Wednesday night for an appearance by Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was interviewed by ABC News Chief Legal Affairs Anchor Dan Abrams.

John H. Streicker. Courtesy

Adelson To Spend $5M To Elect Trump, Reportedly Had Pledged $100M

09/21/2016 - 13:53

 (JTA) — Sheldon Adelson reportedly will contribute $5 million toward electing Donald Trump, a fraction of the pledged $100 million reported earlier this year.

George Soros Pledges To Invest Up To $500M To Help Refugees

09/21/2016 - 13:52

   (JTA) — Jewish billionaire George Soros has pledged to invest up to $500 million to help refugees and migrants around the world.

‘Hamilton’ Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda Stars In New Video — For Yeshiva University

09/19/2016 - 11:24

It’s a question thousands of fans are undoubtedly asking themselves: What is Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator and star of the hip-hop musical “Hamilton,” up to now that he has left the insanely successful production? Could he be writing another biographical smash hit?

“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda has a few interesting connections to Yeshiva University. (Screenshot from YouTube)

Buyer Of Israeli Olympian’s Charity Name Patch Is LA Philanthropist Shlomo Rechnitz

09/07/2016 - 10:00

(JTA) — Shlomo Rechnitz, a Los Angeles businessman, has been identified as the person who bought the Olympic name patch of Israeli bronze medalist judoka Yarden Gerbi.

Israeli judoka Yarden Gerbi of Israel celebrating victory over Miku Tashiro of Japan in the women’s bronze medal bout. JTA

Last Surviving Nuremberg Prosecutor Donates $1M To US Holocaust Museum

09/01/2016 - 11:12

(JTA) — The last surviving prosecutor from the Nuremberg war crimes trials has donated $1 million to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, in Washington D.C.

Former Nuremberg trials prosecutor Benjamin Ferencz standing in the courtroom, 2012. Adam Jones/ Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0

Israeli Medalist’s Olympic Name Patch Raises Over $50,000 For Charity

08/29/2016 - 13:31

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli judoka Yarden Gerbi, a bronze medalist at the Rio Olympics, brought in $52,100 for charity in an auction for her Olympic name patch.

Yarden Gerbi of Israel celebrating her victory over Miku Tashiro of Japan in the women’s Olympic bronze medal bout in judo. JTA

When Charity Is A Sin

12/08/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The televised ad broke my heart.

The veteran returned from serving as a commander in the U.S. Army in Iraq was a paraplegic. No job, no home, a wife and two children to support and mounting medical bills. He desperately needs help — and he is not alone. Tens of thousands like him are suffering from traumatic physical and emotional wounds. Today there are as many as 200,000 homeless veterans in the United States who account for one-third of the adult homeless population.

Rabbi Benjamin Blech

Close Shave For A Good Cause

04/08/2014 - 20:00

This week, 73 North American rabbis will be missing something when they go to Shabbat services: their hair.

As part of a campaign that raised more than $570,000 for pediatric cancer research, approximately 60 male and female rabbis voluntarily shaved their heads last Tuesday night at the Reform movement’s Central Conference of American Rabbis convention in Chicago. (Several rabbis who were unable to make it to the mass hair-shedding event shaved their heads elsewhere at different times.)

An assembly line of rabbis having their heads shaved last week at convention of Reform rabbis in Chicago. Julie Pelc Adler
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