Doug Bloomfield |
Special To The Jewish Week
The white smoke that wafted out of the chimney Tuesday at Palais Coburg in Vienna signaled the start of an intense lobbying campaign on Capitol Hill over the fate of the Iranian nuclear agreement, pitting two longtime adversaries, Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu.
In the chocolate-cinnamon rivalry, you’ve probably come to think of the latter as the “lesser babka,” thanks to the "Seinfeld" episode, "Dinner Party." In New York, however, the two varieties of babka are equally popular: among non-Jews, anyway. Chocolate is the clear favorite in Jewish circles, with the exception of the winter holiday season, when cinnamon creeps up to the number one slot.
The annual fundraising campaign of UJA-Federation of New York closed at the end of June with a total of $150.8 million, an increase of $3.9 million over the 2014 campaign, the philanthropy announced this week.
Gary Rosenblatt |
Editor and Publisher
As many as 100 families at the Riverdale Jewish Center are believed to be actively considering leaving the 700-family Modern Orthodox congregation and starting a new one in the neighborhood in light of Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt apparently retaining his pulpit, according to several sources close to the situation.