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.
Are new congregations ‘undermining community’ or meeting families’ needs? Suffolk Y caught in crossfire.
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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.
New evidence coming to light suggesting Jesse Friedman’s innocence.
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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.
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.”
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.”
Concert highlights Jewish composers from Nassau and Suffolk.
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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.”
Struggling Suffolk shul cuts Hebrew school, puts building up for sale.
Temple Beth Sholom in Smithtown, L.I., which has been struggling financially for years, had to close its Hebrew school earlier this month because it could not pay its teachers.
But the president of the 152-member congregation, Shafer Zeisman, said the leadership is determined to keep the rest of the synagogue functioning with money from the sale of its 32,000-square-foot building, parts of which were built 50 years ago.
Accused caterer files defamation suit against synagogue after it gives him the boot; meanwhile, Nassau County investigates fraud charges.
In the latest wrinkle involving Morrell Caterers, the Long Island kosher caterer accused of violating kosher laws, Morrell filed a $10 million defamation suit against the rabbi of the Conservative synagogue in which it operates after the rabbi recommended terminating its contract because of a “loss of trust in Mr. Morrell’s integrity.”
It’s a kosher consumer’s worst nightmare: charges that pork, shrimp were prepared in temple kitchen.
The office of Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice has opened a criminal investigation into allegations that Morrell Caterers of Woodbury, L.I., prepared shrimp, lobster, pork and other non-kosher food in the same kitchen in which kosher food was prepared.
And the three Nassau synagogues at which Morrell is the caterer have been deluged with calls from frantic congregants who have booked upcoming affairs with Morrell.