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Ellison Pushes Back As Critics Press Attacks

Schumer’s pick for top DNC post defends his Israel record in Jewish Week interview.

11/23/2016 - 08:38
Staff Writer

Keith Ellison, the Minnesota congressman seeking to become chairman of the Democratic National Committee, is pushing back against critics who claim he has ties to radical anti-Israel and anti-Semitic groups.

Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison: Questions over the Democratic Party’s future direction when it comes to Israel. Getty Images

JFNA Dragged Into Bannon Debate

Protests against Trump appointment, and concern about rise in hate crimes.

11/22/2016 - 19:23
Staff Writer

The reaction in the Jewish community over the appointment of Steve Bannon as President-elect Donald Trump’s chief strategist intensified this week as protesters called on the federation system’s national umbrella group to denounce the appointment.

Frances and Noel Yauch, second and third from left, and former Beastie Boys member Adam Horovitz and wife Rachael.

100 Years Of Asking Questions

With an early professional start and a determination never to retire, Ruth Gruber has had a remarkably long, storied and inspiring career.

11/22/2016 - 17:53
Culture Editor

Ruth Gruber, the legendary Jewish journalist/author/photographer/humanitarian who accompanied 1,000 Jewish refugees across the Atlantic during World War II, later chronicled the voyage of Holocaust survivors to Palestine, and covered the airlift of Ethiopian Jews to Israel during a long career, died Nov. 16 in her Manhattan home. She was 105. The daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants who settled in Brooklyn, she traveled to Germany, where she became at 20 the youngest person there to ever earn a Ph.D. The Jewish Week reprints here a profile that culture editor Sandee Brawarsky wrote in 2011 when Ms. Gruber, then 100, was named a recipient of the paper’s first Excellence in Journalism Award.

Ruth Gruber: : Hers is a journalism of activism, and she “often became part of the story,” she told The Jewish Week in 2011.

Holocaust Jacket Found At NY Tag Sale, Unearths Prisoner’s Story

A Long Island woman bought the Dachau inmate’s jacket at a tag sale and donated it to the Kupferberg Holocaust Center in New York.

11/22/2016 - 16:02
Editorial Intern

While rummaging through a packed Long Island tag sale closet, Jillian Eisman came across a blue and gray striped jacket, embroidered with numbers on the chest pocket, and immediately knew it was a prisoner’s uniform, the AP reported.

Hofstra’s Attitude Of Gratitude

The university Hillel’s Thanks & Giving Project has grown into a campus-wide tradition and is spreading to other schools.

11/22/2016 - 12:48
Staff Writer

Two staff members of Hofstra University’s Office of Event Management stopped by the Hofstra Hillel center one recent Friday morning to discuss a Shabbat meal the group was to host that evening. Before they left, they asked Rabbi Meir Mitelman, the former executive director of Hofstra’s Hillel chapter who now serves as its director of community outreach, for some cards.

Some cards of thanksgiving. For Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving cards over the last decade from grateful students has affixed them to the inside of his locker.

Four Groups Join Forces To Help Start-Ups

UpStart, based in San Francisco, will offer one-stop support for educational and cultural innovators.

11/22/2016 - 12:30
Staff Writer

When Rabbi Sara Luria founded ImmerseNYC, which aims to make the mikvah a pluralistic, open and welcoming space for Jews across the spectrum, she needed some financial and logistical support.

From "The Collaboratory," the largest gathering of Jewish innovators in the country. Credit Coby Engelhart.

Young Israel Accuses Kars4Kids Parent Charity Of Tax Fraud

Young Israel congregants accuse the nonprofit Oorah of using synagogue to hide ‘questionable financial dealings.’

11/22/2016 - 12:13
Staff Writer

A long-running case in the New York State Supreme Court between a small Staten Island synagogue and the large charedi outreach organization that operates Kars4Kids now includes allegations of tax fraud.

Update in the long-running legal battle between Young Israel of Eltingville & Oorah Inc. Courtesy of YI of Eltingville.

CNN Apologizes For Banner Questioning ‘Whether Jews Are People’

11/22/2016 - 11:16

(JTA) — CNN apologized for  a banner flashed onscreen during a segment on white supremacist groups which read, “Alt-right founder questions whether Jews are people.”

The segment was aired Monday on “The Lead,” which was being guest-hosted by Jim Sciutto.

On Tuesday, CNN said in a statement concerning the banner, known as a chyron: “It was poor judgment and we very much regret it and apologize.”

(Maia Efrem)

Goldberg Makes Triumphant WWE Comeback, Beating Rival In Under 90 Seconds

11/22/2016 - 11:12

(JTA) — The wrestler known as Goldberg shocked the wrestling world at his first WWE match in 12 years by defeating his longtime rival Brock Lesnar in a minute and 26 seconds.

Governor Cuomo To Establish Hate Crimes Unit In NY

Following an “explosion of hate crimes” since the election, Cuomo vows to create special police unit to tackle hate crimes.

11/21/2016 - 15:17
Editorial Intern

In the wake of an escalation of incidents following the election, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called for the creation of a special unit within the State Police to address hate crimes in New York. At an address at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem on Sunday morning, Cuomo called on New Yorkers to unite in the fight for tolerance and justice.

On Sunday, Governor Cuomo announced actions to combat hate crimes in NY. Screenshot/Youtube NYGovCuomo
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