Orthodox community

2 Jews Shot With BB Guns In Orthodox Section Of Queens

09/23/2015 - 20:00

Two Jews were shot with BB guns in a heavily Orthodox neighborhood of New York City.

City Councilman Rory Lancman said that the victims, neither of whom was seriously injured, were shot over the past 10 days in the Kew Gardens Hills section of Queens, the Queens Chronicle reported Monday.

The New York Police Department is investigating the incidents as potential anti-Semitic hate crimes.

Lawsuit Not The Path To Secular Ed

09/16/2015 - 20:00

In response to your article regarding the failure of chasidic yeshivot to teach secular topics (“Yeshiva Reformers Brace For Fight As Cause Catches On,” Sept. 11). First, I would agree that all yeshivot must teach secular subjects at least a minimal level of sufficiency. The current policy in these institutions is not sustainable in that it is putting forth graduates who in many cases are not employable.

Brooklyn DA To Probe Tampering In Abuse Cases

Source: Thompson to investigate witness intimidation tied to high-profile Lebovits prosecution.

04/27/2015 - 20:00
Special Correspondent

In a move that advocates for sex abuse victims in the Orthodox community have long urged, the Brooklyn district attorney has launched an investigation into witness tampering in connection with a high-profile abuse case, The Jewish Week has learned.

Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson

Next Wave: N.Y’s Community Mikveh

12/30/2013 - 19:00

Of course, there are mikvehs in New York. The city is filled with ritual baths serving its many observant Jewish communities. What the city doesn’t offer is a bath along the lines of Mayyim Hayyim in the Boston area, which was the brainchild of “Red Tent” author Anita Diamant. She dreamed of an aesthetically appealing “community mikveh” that would expand the definition of immersion to mean a ritual that could mark any passage.

Rabbi Sara Luria: Expanded vision for mikvah. Michael Datikash

In The Name Of God

West Orange-based man accused of using his rabbinic persona to prey on women who put their faith in him.
10/07/2013 - 20:00
Editor And Publisher

Two weeks ago, Rebecca Pastor, a 46-year-old woman from Essex County, N.J., found out that the man she alleges raped her in Baltimore on Christmas Day, 1990, was not in jail, as she had long believed, but was living in nearby West Orange. And that he was passing himself off as a righteous rabbi amid concern he may be seeking vulnerable young women.

David Kaye: Long trail of accusations span at least 23 years. Photo via adkanenough.com

The OU And UJA: Building On Study’s Findings

06/25/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week
In 1945, my grandfather was listed as “Mr. A. — a specimen Orthodox Jew” in Milton Steinberg’s book “A Partisan Guide to the Jewish Problem.” The interview with him is summarized in these words: “The misgiving that haunts him most persistently is over his children. … His great fear is that they will depart from the way he walks, either repudiating his postulates or rebelling against the hardship he gladly endures, or simply refusing to be different from almost everyone else. Against such eventualities he is putting up a game fight.
Rabbi Judah Isaacs

The Toll Of Abuse

06/04/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

My friend’s tone was less buoyant than usual. What was wrong? Was it his marriage? Well, yes. 

Elicia Brown

Attention To Disabilities Seen Changing

For some activists, string of events and programs in community suggests a tipping point may be close.
01/17/2011 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Kim Moskowitz has spent nearly two decades navigating the world of special-needs schools and services for her middle child, Rachel, a 19-year-old with a speech and language disability.

Yad HaChazakah’s founder and director Sharon Shapiro-Lacks, who has cerebral palsy, and her husband, Yisroel Lacks.

Feds Arrest Lakewood Man Accused Of Bilking Orthodox Investors

08/11/2010 - 20:00

A Lakewood, N.J., man accused in lawsuits of bilking Orthodox investors in New York, Florida London and elsewhere out of nearly $300 million through phony real estate deals was arrested Thursday morning by federal agents.

Eliyahu Weinstein, who was accused of running a Ponzi scheme, and some of his associates had been hit days earlier with a $34 million civil judgment by a federal judge in Pennsylvania.

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