Long Island

Rabbi Nathaniel Steinberg, Who Led Suffolk County’s Largest Congregation, Dies At 89

09/15/2016 - 19:04
Staff Writer

Rabbi Nathaniel Steinberg, who served for more than 20 years as the first full-time spiritual leader of the Dix Hills Jewish Center died Saturday following a brief illness. He was 89.

When he was hired in 1970, the Long Island synagogue was in its infancy and operating out of a converted private house. Under his guidance, the congregation moved to its current building and membership grew to more than 600 families, making it the largest congregation in Suffolk County.

Gaza War Tests Interfaith Ties On L.I.

Muslim and Jewish leaders hash out a hard-won joint statement after harsh ‘open letter’ against Israel threatens longstanding friendships.

09/15/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

They bent, but they didn’t break.

Rabbi Michael White, spiritual leader of Temple Sinai of Roslyn, L.I., has known Dr. Faroque Ahmad Khan, a founder of the Islamic Center of Long Island in Westbury, the largest mosque in Nassau County, for more than a decade. The two men have spoken many times before each other’s congregations — sometimes even on the freighted topic of Jerusalem — and see each other several times a year.

Rabbi Michael White, left, and Faroque Ahmad Khan have maintained their personal friendship and professional relationship.

Kosher Delis Close Across Long Island

'You Come Here And Buy Memories:' A staple of Jewish life is dying out.

04/01/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

And then there were two — kosher delis left in Suffolk County, that is.

Like independent bookstores or Amtrak stops on the Great Plains, the Long Island kosher deli, squeezed by changing demographics and eating habits, as well as competition from superstores like Costco and Trader Joe’s, is fast becoming a thing of the past.

Arlene and Barry Holzman at the deli counter. Stewart Ain/JW

Response To Low-Cost L.I. Synagogues

10/15/2013 - 20:00

The Sept. 6 article by Stewart Ain “Lured by Cost and Community,” about low-cost startup synagogues on Long Island, could just as well have been titled, “Lured by Low Cost and Low Commitment.”

Help Synagogues, Don’t Criticize Them

10/08/2013 - 20:00

The Opinion piece, “When Judaism Becomes Kmart” (Oct. 4), by
 Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin, echoed many of my own sentiments regarding the plethora 
of “garage” and “pop-up” synagogues cropping up on the North Shore of Long 
Island.

Low-Cost L.I. Start-ups Fueling Anger

Are new congregations ‘undermining community’ or meeting families’ needs? Suffolk Y caught in crossfire.
08/20/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Since opening its doors two years ago, Temple Shalom of Woodbury, L.I., has held Hebrew school classes in its part-time rabbi’s law offices in Plainview. Membership dues are a bargain basement $360; there is no building fund.

Temple Beth David's Rabbi Beth Klafter charges Temple Shalom's Rabbi Alan Stein with attempting to poach her members.

Sensational ’80s L.I. Abuse Case Getting Fresh Look

New evidence coming to light suggesting Jesse Friedman’s innocence.
07/16/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

In 1987, a heavily Jewish Long Island community was roiled by horrific allegations that seemingly innocent after-school computer classes had in fact been the nightmarish scene of repeated acts of violent, mass sexual abuse against children. The case, which became the subject of a 2003 Oscar-nominated documentary, shattered the façade of affluent suburban Jewish life and sent a father and son to prison for years.

The Friedman family in the ’80s, bottom, and Jesse Friedman today. “I am fighting because I am innocent,” he says.

Yvette Edidin, Making Roslyn Harbor a better place.

Assistant Managing Editor/Online Editor
05/21/2012 - 20:00

Yvette Edidin, 34

When Yvette Edidin and her family moved from Manhattan to her childhood village of Roslyn Harbor (pop. 1,200) on Long Island six years ago, it wasn’t the place she remembered. “There was litter on the street, speeding on the roads,” she said. “It wasn’t what it was like when I was growing up.”

Yvette Edidin

Father Suing L.I. School Over Anti-Semitic Taunts

05/14/2012 - 20:00

 A suburban New York father is suing his school district over the anti-Semitic taunting of his son.

Robert Slade filed the federal suit last week alleging that officials at Northport High School on Long Island took no action to stop a group of 20 students from traumatizing his son with taunts such as “Jews are disgusting,” “Being Jewish must suck,” “Hitler was a good person” and “My love for you burns like a thousand Jews in an oven.”

Jewish Island Music

Concert highlights Jewish composers from Nassau and Suffolk.
03/26/2012 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Joel Mandelbaum admits that he is not consciously a Jewish composer. That statement might sound odd coming from a member of the governing board of the American Society for Jewish Music, but Mandelbaum does qualify it a bit.

“I’m not consciously an ‘anything composer,” says Mandelbaum, an emeritus professor of music at Queens College. “But unconsciously I’m more a Jewish composer than anything else.”

Pianist-composer Leonard Lehrman and soprano Helene Williams in rehearsal.
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