Mayor Bloomberg, a surprise guest at Birthright Israel’s New York City Mega Event last night (May 4), tried to impress the sell-out audience at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater with his Hebrew, greeting them with “mah nishmah?” (loosely, “what’s up?”).
But he botched it by emphasizing the first rather than the second syllable in “nishmah.”
Here we were at a dinner for the Jewish Community Relations Council in the elegant ballroom of New York’s luxurious Pierre Hotel when Joel I. Klein remarked, “The fact that you can come from any zip code to this event is due to the power of education.”
It was the power of education that catapulted Klein, a product of the city’s public schools, and of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, to the role of chancellor of New York’s 1,600 public schools.
Or, Why It’s Hard to Make a Minyan in a Snowstorm in Queens
Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik
Special to the Jewish Week
Writing an on-line article is a tricky business.
When you write for a hard copy local newspaper, which the Jewish Week is in the New York area, you are, essentially, writing for a local audience. New Yorkers will catch the regional references that won’t necessarily make sense to people reading my article online in, say, Des Moines, Chicago, or, for that matter, Jerusalem.
Despite pleas from several City Council members and over 15,000 letters from their constituents, Mayor Michael Bloomberg declined to extend funding for a day care voucher program that heavily benefits Orthdox communities.
The Priority 7 funding, which allows payments of of up to $300 per week per eligible child for afterschool programs, will end this month.
Congressman-elect Michael Grimm, who will soon represent New York's 13th District including all of Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn, discusses working with Mayor Michael Bloomberg on behalf of the city, Obamacare, tax cuts, U.S. policy in the Middle East and his opponent's controversial Jewish donor list.
Senior citizens are complaining that paper ballots designed by New York’s Board of Elections are too small to read, says City Councilman David Greenfield.
New York state switched this year from antiquated voting machines to ballots that are filled out and then scanned and recorded by computer.
Since candidates for local judgeships, Assembly and Senate, Congress and four statewide offices are included on one sheet, as well as a ballot proposal on term limits, the type may be too small for those who are visually impaired.
Buffalo millionaire, Republican gubernatorial nominee, not likely to put together winning coalition in state, experts say.
Assistant Managing Editor
The upset victory of Buffalo developer and Tea Party activist Carl Paladino in Tuesday’s Republican primary for governor over Rick Lazio is likely to solidify the Democrats’ most crucial voting blocs — including Jews — and drive most independents into the Democrats’ camp as well in November’s election, observers say.
The controversy over construction of a cultural center that includes a mosque near Ground Zero has emerged as an attack point for GOP underdog Rick Lazio in his race for governor against Democrat Andrew Cuomo.