Reports that at least two of the four men charged with the attempt to bomb two Riverdale synagogues had become radical Muslims while in prison has refocused attention on this problem.
“I hope this will cause an impetus for change – to see how recruitment is accomplished in prison and what needs to be done in the future,” said Yehudit Barsky, director of the American Jewish Committee’s division on the Middle East and international terrorism.
Faced with the possible closing of their seminary here, faculty and alumni of the Reform movement’s New York campus have mounted a campaign to highlight its strengths and explain why it would be a mistake to shut down the campus in the Jewish capital of the country.
With income down 25 percent, the Jewish Theological Seminary said it would fire 16 staff members, cut salaries of employees making more than $60,000 and not rehire non-tenured faculty. But that still leaves the institution with a $5.5 million projected deficit for the 2009-2010 academic year.
The Ramaz School on the Upper East Side, instead of providing its usual $3.2 million in needs-based scholarships, is allocating a record $5.5 million for the next school year — a staggering 72 percent increase.
Although similar figures are not available for the Abraham Joshua Heschel School on the Upper West Side, Carol Weintraub, the director of institutional advancement, said “scholarship requests are substantially higher” for the next school year.
Hollywood, Fla. — As a group of boys in the Ben Gamla Charter School here walked through the corridors to their next class, some wore yarmulkes as well as tzitzit that hung out under their shirts. On the sign outside, the school’s name was written in both English and Hebrew.
Students playing soccer on the playground outside wore blue or khaki uniforms with the Hebrew and English names of their school embroidered on their shirts.