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Kosher BBQ Fires Up In Crown Heights

07/08/2015

Izzy’s BBQ Addiction, the long-awaited kosher smokehouse in Crown Heights, is finally open for service.

Owner Sruly Eidelman slices some of his smoked meat at Izzy’s BBQ Addiction in Crown Heights.  Hannah Dreyfus/JW

Post-Freundel, New 'Gold Standard' For Conversion

In response to mikvah scandal, committee urges sensitizing rabbis to conversion students’ concerns.

07/08/2015
Staff Writer

Two months after the sentencing of mikvah-voyeur Rabbi Barry Freundel, the Orthodox community’s leading rabbinical council has released what it calls the new “gold standard” for preventing rabbinic abuses of power during the conversion process.

Mandel spoke of her increasing disillusionment with Orthodoxy.

A Serpent In Catskills’ ‘Garden?’

As an anti-bungalow backlash flares, critics and zoning codes say ‘enough is enough.’

07/08/2015
Associate Editor

Woodbourne, N.Y. — Summer comes to the Catskills like Creation itself, each day a revelation: The Neversink River flows to waterfalls. A moon rises over ice caves. There are salamanders in the grass, bears in the forest, a bald eagle in the sky. In the Sullivan County hamlet of Callicoon, just prior to the solstice, farmers parade 260 tractors. One trucker for Balford Farms, driving along the Delaware River on a June morning, spied a wounded bald eagle in a ditch, saving its life.

A colony in the rain: A summer tradition is threatened by zoning and resentment. Courtesy of Vos Iz Neias

Retaliation At Claims Conference?

Allegations of mismanagement are countered by charges watchdog was ‘wrong man for the job.’

07/08/2015
Editor and Publisher

Shmuel Hollander, a highly respected Israeli public servant for four decades, made headlines in 2013 as ombudsman for the Claims Conference when he issued a stinging internal report, blaming the group for allowing a multimillion-dollar fraud to take place for years — unnoticed — within its New York office.

Shmuel Hollander charges, in stinging letter, that “relevant information was withheld” from ombudsman’s office.

Near Gaza Border, Waiting For ‘Next War’

A year after Protective Edge, new ISIS fears along with an old resolve.

07/08/2015
Israel Correspondent

Kibbutz Ein HaShlosha, Israel — When the latest Israel-Hamas war erupted a year ago this week, Danny Cohen, a member of this kibbutz a mile from the Gaza border, prepared to evacuate his four children while trying to keep the kibbutz’s main factory open — despite the barrage of mortars and rockets, 18 of which hit the kibbutz. 

A factory in Sderot is hit during last year’s war. Wikimedia Commons

Orthodox Fear Repercussions From Same-Sex Marriage Decision

Supreme Court ruling sets off anxiety about lost funding, limits on free speech and labels of bigotry.

07/07/2015
Associate Editor

The Supreme Court decision affirming same-sex marriage as a constitutional right set off celebrations across the country, not least among Jews, many of whose Facebook photos – like the White House itself – were soon overlaid with the multi-hued stripes associated with gay rights. But while it was widely reported that Orthodox Jews continued to oppose the legal redefinition of marriage, what was less reported was how fearful the Orthodox are. Not so much from the redefinition of brides and grooms but from the redefinition of bigotry and traditional religion.

Same-sex marriage supporters celebrate in front of the Supreme Court the day of the landmark ruling. Getty Images

Protestant Vote To Back BDS Sparks Concern

Experts weigh in — does the UCC vote reflect a shift in attitudes towards Israel?

07/07/2015
Staff Writer

In a move deeply concerning to much of the pro-Israel community, the United Church of Christ voted overwhelmingly last week to divest from companies that profit from Israel’s control of the West Bank.

United Church of Christ votes to boycott Israeli products. Via wikipedia.com

Tel Aviv: The Latest Snapsterpiece

Snapchat app gives users a look into Israeli city and causes backlash in anti-Israel community.

07/07/2015
Editorial Intern

Two young girls scream as the roller coaster they are seated on ascends into the clouds. A group of surfers clad in matching teal shirts hold their boards as they walk at the edge of the Mediterranean Sea. A toast of “lechaim” is made on freshly squeezed juices.

Three images from Snapchat's Tel Aviv live feed. Via Snapchat.com

Not Having To Choose Between Income And Experience

Pilot program gives Jewish female CUNY students funding for unpaid summer internships.

07/07/2015
Staff Writer

Isabel Goldin, a first-generation American and marketing major at Baruch College, needed a waitress gig to support her unpaid internship at Valor International, a start-up e-commerce company. Though she wanted to focus on the job full time, her family obligations made that impossible.

Selected CUNY interns meet at networking event before beginning their summer internships.  Courtesy of UJA-Federation

‘Fundamentally Reasonable’ Heroism

Remembering Nicholas Winton,‘The British Schindler,’ who saved 669 children from the Holocaust.

07/07/2015
Staff Writer

In a hotel room in Midtown Manhattan 13 years ago, I learned a lesson about the simplicity of heroism.

Sir Nicholas Winton is greeted by one of the 669 now-grown children he had rescued from Nazi-annexed Prague. Getty Images
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