The New York Police Department is planning to put its officers through a new police tolerance training center being launched in Manhattan next year by the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center, The Jewish Week has learned.
Police Commissioner Howard Safir has held several discussions with Wiesenthal Center founder Rabbi Marvin Hier about using its Tools for Tolerance program to sensitize the nation's largest police force, which has been rocked by a series of tragic incidents involving ethnic minorities.
The rabbi’s tour of the sanctuary at Woodlands Community Temple stresses what isn’t there. “No fixed bima,” Rabbi Billy Dreskin says, pointing to the ark on wheels in the eastern corner of the room, flanked by ceiling-high windows—plain panes, no stained-glass — that open to a woodsy street in Greenburgh.“No fixed seating.” Instead, there are several rows of folding chairs, which are rearranged for different services and synagogue events.
And, in the pewless space, no sign of prayer books.
In a miracle more akin to Chanukah than Passover, the Borough Park shmurah matzah factory that apparently was destroyed by fire last week has found enough remaining flour untouched by firefightersí water, and enough of a safe physical structure, to resume baking less than two weeks before the seder.
The Rev. Al Sharpton's $30 million defamation suit against the Republican party could bring the most intense scrutiny yet of the black activist's role in two deadly anti-Semitic incidents, at a time when Sharpton is seeking a more mainstream image.
"They are inadvertently giving me an opportunity to clear my name," said Sharpton, who filed suit in Federal District Court in Washington last week against the Republican National Committee and its chairman, Jim Nicholson over a March 11 letter to the Washington Post.
By the time Jonathan Nierenberg walked into the Young Israel of Woodmere one recent Saturday morning for shacharit in the main sanctuary, the men's section, seating about 375, was nearly full.
He was a few minutes late: his 3-year-old son, Benji, had tripped on the way.
In the coatroom Nierenberg exchanged Shabbat greetings with congregants arriving for a second shacharit down the hall in an already crowded study hall: and with members coming for the "Not Just for Beginner" introductory service in the gymnasium/social hall.