Hella Winston |
Special To The Jewish Week
For more than a week, spectators and members of the press have been packing the Brooklyn courtroom where a prominent chasidic man is on trial for sexually abusing a girl from the Satmar community who was sent to him for counseling. The case is noteworthy for a number of reasons, chief among them the fact that the young woman pressed charges in the first place.
Stung by criticism over their e-mail to congregants lauding the United Nations for recognizing the Palestinians, the rabbis of B’nai Jeshurun on the Upper West Side sent a new e-mail Thursday morning to express regret that their original e-mail did not convey the proper tone.
“We regret the feelings of alienation that resulted from our letter,” the rabbis wrote.
Former Mayor Ed Koch, who is just short of his 88th birthday, has been admitted to New York Presbyterian-Columbia Hospital. He is being treated for pneumonia, his former communications director, George Arzt, said Wednesday.
"He has a lot of antibiotics in his system, but he is in good hands," said Arzt.
Yeshiva University, the Orthodox community’s flagship institution, has received a warning that its accreditation may be in jeopardy, according to a disclosure the university made, as required by its accreditation agency.
In order to take advantage of federal grants and loans, colleges must be accredited by agencies recognized by the Department of Education.
A gay Israeli couple for the first time was granted a divorce by an Israeli family court.
The divorce of Tel Aviv University Professor Avi Even, the first openly gay Knesset member, and Dr. Amit Kama was granted on Sunday by the Ramat Gan Family Court, according to Haaretz, which ordered the Interior Minister to register their status as divorced.