Lincoln Square Synagogue

Judge Upholds $1.4M Ruling Against Prime Grill Owner

Rejects Joey Allaham’s claim of rabbi’s ‘irrationality’
in favor of Lincoln Square Synagogue.

08/15/2016 - 16:31
Staff Writer

In the continued legal battle between restaurateur Joey Allaham and Lincoln Square Synagogue, a judge last week denied the restaurateur’s request to vacate Rabbi Hershel Schachter’s June ruling against him. Allaham’s attorney had argued that the rabbi’s reasoning was “absurd and irrational.”

Rabbi Hershel Schachter photo courtesy of YU; Joey Allaham photo by John Uher Photography

Prime Grill’s Allaham Calls Top Rabbi’s Ruling ‘Absurd’

Restaurateur balks at $1.4 million decision in favor of Lincoln Square Synagogue.

08/03/2016 - 15:23
Staff Writer

Noted restaurateur Joey Allaham claimed in a court filing last week that Rabbi Hershel Schachter’s June ruling against him and in favor of Lincoln Square Synagogue was “absurd and irrational.”

Rabbi Hershel Schachter photo courtesy of YU; Joey Allaham photo by John Uher Photography

The Art Of The Cantor

Fifty years on, Lincoln Square’s Sherwood Goffin lowers his voice.

03/23/2016 - 09:12
Associate Editor

The nusach (liturgical mode) for Mincha on a late Shabbos afternoon is wistful, gentle, more reflective than the robust melodies of Friday night or Shabbos morning. “If Reuven Van Winkle,” said Cantor Sherwood Goffin, were to awake after a 70-year nap in the forest, and goes to the nearest shul, he should be able to immediately know whether it is Shabbos or Rosh HaShanah or Shavuos,” each with its own nusach, the time-honored mood for different times of day and year, as delivered by the chazzan (cantor).

Sherwood (“The Chazz”) Goffin has been hailed as a defender and passionate practitioner of nusach.Michael Datikash/JW

‘Prime’ Battle Over Kosher Practices

Powerful communal and commercial interests collide in the case of Prime Grill’s Joey Allaham v. Lincoln Square Synagogue.

03/16/2016 - 08:47
Staff Writer

A significant trial is set to begin this week in a religious court here pitting a leading kosher restaurant entrepreneur, Joey Allaham of Prime Grill fame, against a venerable Modern Orthodox synagogue, Lincoln Square Synagogue, from Manhattan’s West Side.

Joey Allaham: Transformed world of kosher cuisine. Courtesy of John Uher Photography

50 Years Later, Honoring Slain Freedom Fighters

Jewish and black congregants pay tribute to three activists murdered in 1964.

10/27/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

You couldn’t blame the passersby for their extended stares and double takes. It must have seemed a strange scene: a black Baptist minister leading a crowd of Jews and a smattering of African Americans in the singing of “We Shall Overcome” on an Upper West Side street corner, yarmulkes flying every which way in the chilly autumn wind. 

At Freedom Place on the Upper West Side, the Rev. Jacques DeGraff memorializes the three slain volunteers. Michael Doppelt

Hartman North America Taking On Bigger Role

Two educators, one Orthodox and one Reform, join think tank faculty.

01/20/2014 - 19:00
Editor and Publisher

Underscoring its commitment to pluralism, attracting high-quality educators and the expansion of its educational work, the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America hired Elana Stein Hain and Rabbi Leon Morris to new positions this week. The move solidifies the institute’s increasing role in its effort to develop and teach new ways of exploring Judaism, Israel and the relationship between North America and the Jewish state, with an emphasis on textual study.

Rabbi Leon Morris and Elana Stein Hain will expand the work of Jerusalem-based educational institution.

Time For The Payoff?

A year after moving into its pricey new space, a push for young members seen garnering results.

12/30/2013 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Michaela and Jonathan Lehr, a newly married couple who moved to the Upper West Side in May, figured they would attend worship services at one of the neighborhood’s many Modern Orthodox synagogues but didn’t plan to join one. “Our lives are so busy,” said Michaela, 25, who works on the finance team of a startup.

The changing face of Lincoln Square: A new members board touts a hoped-for youth movement at the synagogue. Miyan Levenson

New Cantor, New Look

A Borough Park-raised hazzan knows that he has 'big shoes to fill' at the shul his predecessor served for 50 years.

09/16/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

After nearly a half-century, Lincoln Square Synagogue on the Upper West Side is getting a new cantor. Cantor Yaakov Lemmer, a native of Brooklyn’s fervently Orthodox Borough Park neighborhood, is succeeding Cantor Sherwood Goffin, who has served at Lincoln Square since its founding in 1965.

Cantor Yaakov Lemmer: “Big shoes to fill.” Via

Tim Boxer On NJOP

02/13/2013 - 19:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

To reconnect Jews worldwide with their faith, Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald, formerly of New York’s Lincoln Square Synagogue, founded the National Jewish Outreach Program in 1987. Prominent hedge fund manager Michael Steinhardt donated $1.5 million to jumpstart the organization that helps Jews  rediscover the principles of Judaism and learn how to engage in Jewish ritual.

Michael Steinhardt, Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald and Sam Domb (Photo by Tim Boxer)

Entering Lincoln Square’s Second Temple Period

A longtime congregant of the pioneering Modern Orthodox synagogue looks back, and to the future.
01/14/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Editor’s note: Last weekend the congregants of Lincoln Square Synagogue on 69th Street and Amsterdam Avenue made the move from their old building to their new one, a few doors down the block.

Carry on: Women congregants at Lincoln Square Synagogue escort Torah scrolls from its old home to its new one. Rose Landowne
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