The more things change, the more they stay the same…
Though the Torah is, by anyone’s definition, an ancient document, its “cast of characters,” if you will, often portray sensitivities that are strikingly relevant to contemporary concerns. One area in particular in which this is evident is in the responsibility of those in leadership positions to be worthy of the trust that others put in them, particularly with regard to fiduciary duty.
Queens activist supports Zionist in most populous Muslim country.
Karen Hochberg, who founded a Memorial Day weekend march for Israel in her Jamaica Estates neighborhood a dozen years ago, now coordinates larger-scale marches around the world for the nonprofit group Afikim to honor Israel’s anniversary.
Communities shifted to new House districts, but voting power seen intact.
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The new map for congressional districts in New York represents a fairly substantial shakeup of the local Jewish political map, which will put some members’ outreach and coalition-building skills to the test.
For example, Rep. Edolphus Towns will likely need a Russian-speaking liaison to reach out to what he hopes will be new constituents in Brighton Beach, who are currently in Jerrold Nadler’s district.
One of New York City’s busiest — and briefest — shopping centers made its annual appearance this week.
Between Sunday, the day after Yom Kippur, and Wednesday, erev Sukkot, a stretch of several blocks along the south side of Main Street in Queens’ heavily Jewish Kew Gardens Hills neighborhood, became a pre-holiday bazaar. At wooden tables set up along the street, Sukkot supplies went on sale.
Available were Four Species sets and materials for family sukkahs. And, in once-a-year storefronts, ready-to-assemble sukkahs themselves.
A Republican who is running for a House seat in southeast Queens, attacked Democrat incumbent Gregory Meeks as a “scandal-ridden, terrorist-loving congressman” in a Jewish newspaper ad this week, complete with a photo of Osama Bin-Laden.
Asher Taub's ad in the Five Towns Jewish Times says Meeks was “so concerned about Muslim preachers who head terrorist charities that were being put through extra security at our airports that he personally interceded for them with the Bush White House.”
In the early evening of September 16, the day before Yom Kippur, my neighborhood of Forest Hills, Queens, here in the city of New York, was hit by a tornado. No one could remember the last time that had happened, but no one who experienced it this time around- myself very much included- will ever forget it. It was a terrifying experience, and it wreaked extensive damage. Most homes, including my own, had roof damage from falling trees, cars were sliced in half by them, power and cable lines were downed (some still are), and in general, it caused great distress.
It took filmmaker Robert H. Lieberman 50 years to return to his hometown neighborhood of Kew Gardens. But when he finally did, he found that his old friends and classmates — who were raised in the shadow of the Shoah — had grown up to make big contributions to American society.