When real estate broker Abe Podolsky approached the owners of Dagan's Kosher Pizza about relocating to Mill Basin, the negotiations took on all the drama of a major-league scout trying to sign a star pitcher.
"He offered us a long lease, good rent, whatever we want," recalls Ayala Dagan, who had operated her pizzeria on Ralph Avenue in Canarsie for 16 years.
While attending an American Jewish studies conference two years ago, Toronto businessman Albert Dov Friedberg was struck by a once-in-a-century idea.
The 53-year-old Canadian commodities trader was listening to a lecture about the Cairo genizah: a priceless collection of medieval Mediterranean Jewish prayers, poetry, legal texts and Talmudic commentaries. It is considered among the most important sources of Jewish history and literature ever found, with the possible exception of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
by Lawrence Cohler-Esses |
Like Jesus' friend Lazarus, Sylvester Stallone's Rocky and the hope that springs eternal, Kiryas Joel, the upstate chasidic school district ruled thrice an affront to the constitution, has yet another legislative lease on life.
Last week, the very week its latest appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court was turned down Kiryas Joel village took steps to resurrect the school district yet again under a law passed by the state legislature and signed by Gov. George Pataki last August.
Luba Gendelman, Jewish activist in her native Ukraine and Hebrew-school teacher in Brooklyn, had a simple reason for joining a leadership training program offered by the American Jewish Committee two years ago.
“I didn’t know anything about the American Jewish community,” she says.
Chances are you don’t associate your local synagogue sisterhood with “the edge of town,” but as money, politics, academics and religious power increasingly intrigue us, the women who simply love their shul, and want only love back, have moved to the periphery.
Oh, sisterhoods are on the edge, all right, if not on the border of oblivion, or so it seems.
There are more than 700 synagogues within the orbit of the Orthodox Union, and only about a third have a sisterhood anymore.
At a time when private Jewish foundations are doling out perhaps more money on their own than the entire Jewish federation network in North America, the Jewish community is set to strike back.
Perhaps the most innovative aspect of the United Jewish Communities’ announcement last week, overshadowed by the appointment of Stephen Solender as president of the newly reorganized social service network, was the establishment of a national foundation to bring America’s most wealthy into the communal tent.