Riverdale Synagogue Appoints Second Woman As Rabba

Move at HIR seems to renege on Rabbi Avi Weiss’ promise; drives further wedge between centrist and ‘open’ Orthodoxy.

Staff Writer

They are the new Rabbanut, so to speak.

While Rabba Sara Hurwitz of Riverdale’s Hebrew Institute (HIR) made headlines in 2010 as America’s first Orthodox “Rabba,” the negotiated title for female rabbi, she now has company.

Rabba Anat Sharbat holds a doctorate in Talmud from Bar-Ilan University.  Courtesy of HIR

The Legend Of Lydig Avenue

The last kosher café in the Bronx (outside of Riverdale, that is) fights to survive.

Associate Editor

In New York City, is anything more ordinary than a cup of coffee or a bowl of soup? And yet, next week when a small sukkah is built on the Bronx sidewalk outside Delicious on Lydig, the servings will be as sacred as Abraham’s meal for the angels.

Pelham Parkway's Jewish community has outlived its obituaries, but Delicious on Lydig may not last the winter. Michael Datikash

Offering Thanks: Reflections On 25 Years Of A Gift Of Life

Special To The Jewish Week

It’s 25 years today that I went through quadruple bypass-open heart surgery.  It all started three months earlier, in September.  The Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry was protesting in front of Lincoln Center against the appearance of the Russian Moiseyev Dance Company.  Our position was that there should be no cultural exchange with the former Soviet Union until all Soviet Jews were free.

Rabbi Avi Weiss

Implications Of Riverdale Case Unclear

As jury deliberates on the ‘Newburgh Four’ experts say that whatever the verdict, the FBI will likely continue employing similar tactics in terror surveillance.
Staff Writer

In their deliberations on the four men accused of trying to bomb Riverdale synagogues in May 2009 and shoot down military planes at the Air National Guard base in upstate Newburgh, the jury honed in on the defense contention that the men were entrapped by an aggressive informant.

Riverdale Temple was one of two Riverdale synagogues targeted in a bomb plot in May.

For Jewish Boarding School, It’s Old Wine In New Bottle

Now a decade old, the American Hebrew Academy in Greensboro, despite growing pains, is hitting its stride.
Special To The Jewish Week

Touring the sites of Riverdale with out-of-town visitors on a recent Shabbat, I noted the scenic campus of the Telshe Yeshiva, an elite academy overlooking the Hudson River educating high school and post-high school budding Talmudic scholars. Virtually all students are out-of-towners, who, together with their prestigious faculty, are creating a haredi community in many ways dissonant yet coexisting with Riverdale’s Modern Orthodox subculture.

Riverdale Fears The Fire Next Time

Associate Editor
Calm returned to Riverdale two weeks after the FBI arrested four Islamic men for plotting to blow up two neighborhood shuls as part of a larger plot. There was no further danger, said Jewish leaders, there was never real danger, the FBI was in control all along. Half of Riverdale seemed to twitter like the birds in Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” — “all is quiet, all is quiet.”
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