The city's Board of Health on Thursday unanimously approved a measure requiring mohelim to obtain informed consent from parents before performning a ritual at circumcisions involving oral suction of the wound.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been a staunch opponent of the procedure, which many doctors feel is conducive to infection and which has been linked to the transmission of oral herpes to several babies.
Edgar Bronfman, the funder behind the Samuel Bronfman Foundation (named for his father) last week signed Warren Buffet’s “Giving Pledge” by which he committed to giving away more than half of his wealth to philanthropic causes and charitable organizations, either during his lifetime, or in his will.
After the death of an infant who contracted herpes during a controversial circumcision practice, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office said it is investigating the case as a possible criminal matter.
Jerry Schmetterer, the spokesman for Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes, told The Jewish Week Monday, “Our Crimes Against Children Bureau is looking into this situation. I would not assume what any possible charges would be.”
NYPD’s reported surveillance causing rifts in both communities.
The boycott of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s annual interfaith breakfast last week by 15 Muslim leaders who were upset over press reports about city police counterterrorism efforts to infiltrate Muslim neighborhoods and mosques has split leaders in both the Muslim and Jewish communities.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg dedicated the landmark Magen David Adom station in Jerusalem in memory of his father.
Bloomberg affixed a mezuzah to the doorpost of the William H. Bloomberg MDA Jerusalem Station on Sunday with the help of Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Moshe Amar. The mayor donated the lead gift for the station.
Manhattan’s tony Upper East Side is a neighborhood of towering rents, but the Orthodox Ramaz school is using 18,000 square feet of Reform Temple Emanu-El’s space for a cool $1 for two months.
Homeless after the July 11 fire in the 85th Street building that houses both Ramaz and its parent synagogue, Kehilath Jeshurun, the school’s first through fourth graders will study through October in Temple Emanu-El’s afternoon Hebrew School in the synagogue building at 65th Street and Fifth Avenue.
Barack who? Dem. Assemblyman David Weprin, running to succeed Anthony Weiner, is reading the tea leaves of the district and seeing the shrinking vote for the Democratic presidential candidate. Accordingly, he's keeping his endorsement options open.
Charlotte Bloomberg, the mother of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, died June 19 at her home in Medford, Mass. She was 102.
Mrs. Bloomberg, a longtime president of her congregation, Temple Shalom, was a Life Member of Hadassah, and she accompanied her son to Jerusalem in 2003 for the dedication of a wing of Hadassah University Hospital named for her.
“We lost the matriarch of our community,” Charlotte Potak, president of Temple Shalom, told The Boston Globe.
(JTA) -- Thousands of New Yorkers participated in the annual Celebrate Israel Parade, which marched up Fifth Avenue amid a sea of blue-and-white flags.
The crowd was estimated at about 30,000 for the parade that was led by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, accompanied by Israeli Minister of Information and Diaspora Yuli Edelstein, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren, and Israel’s Consul General in New York Ido Aharoni.