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Jewish-Latino Sparks In Senate Race

08/23/2002
Staff Writer
In a sign of ethnic strife in the race for a gerrymandered state Senate seat in Manhattan and the Bronx, one Dominican activist has lashed out against another for supporting "a Jewish descendant" instead of candidate Guillermo Linares.

YU Changes Housing Policy

08/16/2002
Staff Writer
After a four-year battle to maintain control over who can share living quarters at its Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University quietly changed its policy this month, avoiding a trial in the lawsuit brought by lesbian students who claimed discrimination. Under the previous policy, unmarried couples were allowed to share housing only if both parties were students at the college.

This Jewish Hero’s A Joke

06/04/2008
Assistant Managing Editor
Tired of hunting down Arab terrorists, a burnt-out Israeli agent dreams of a normal life and goes to America to find it. But his past, and the seemingly interminable conflict, are never far behind. We’ve seen this plot before, in Steven Spielberg’s 2005 “Munich,” and perhaps some Israeli films.

Profiling Racism

06/04/2008

Assistant Managing Editor
Against the backdrop of a nation on the verge of its first black major-party presidential candidate, a panel of three commentators and an elected official last week pondered the state of prejudice in America, largely coming up with a rosy picture. “This is the soil on the globe most fertile for elevation and humanization,” said Corey Booker, the mayor of Newark. The dissenter was Peter Noel, an author, radio host and former Village Voice columnist, who argued that glaring inequities in law enforcement and other realms obfuscated any progress.

Police: School Fight Not Ethnic

12/20/2002
Staff Writer
A Jewish girl was assaulted by an Arab schoolmate in Brooklyn last week because of romantic, not ethnic tensions, police and school officials have told the Anti-Defamation League. But the ADL said it was concerned that students at IS 259 in Dyker Heights chanted "Jew, Jew, Jew" during the Dec. 12 fight. The Arab teen reportedly was arrested and suspended.

Closure On Crown Heights

08/22/2003
Staff Writer
Calling Lemrick Nelson Jr.'s attack on Yankel Rosenbaum a "horrendous and pathetic act of racial and religious bigotry," a federal judge sentenced him to 10 years in prison (most of it already served) on a civil rights conviction Wednesday. The sentence, handed down exactly 12 years from the day Rosenbaum succumbed to his wounds, will likely spell the end of Nelson's protracted journey through the legal system, an odyssey that has resulted in three trials with numerous twists and turns.

Russians Plot Coup In Brighton Beach

08/16/2002
Staff Writer
After failing to elect a Russian-speaking candidate to the City Council last year, activists in the city's best-known immigrant neighborhood are now backing a non-emigre in a heated Assembly contest. Susan Lasher, whose husband, Howard, represented Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach and Coney Island in both the City Council and state Assembly, is taking on incumbent Adele Cohen in the Democratic primary Sept. 10.

On The Outs With An Inn

08/09/2002
Staff Writer
The trouble began when they spotted a rodent in the hallway, claim Rafael and Devorah Streicher, but after being escorted by police from the Days Inn in Catskill, N.Y., the Brooklyn couple began to smell a rat. The Streichers and three of their five children checked into the motel, about two hours from New York City, on a Friday last month en route to visit their son at a nearby summer camp. The following afternoon, the Orthodox family watched as housekeepers packed up their cholent pot and other belongings and sent them to another hotel.

The Fulani Factor

08/09/2002
Staff Writer
Lenora Fulani isn't running for anything this year, but the Marxist activist and frequent candidate (who has made controversial statements about Jews, Israel and the Sept. 11 attacks) is fast becoming one of the most talked-about personalities on the political scene. That's got Jewish leaders worried about elected officials turning a blind eye for quick political gain.

Yeshiva Brain Drain Feared

08/02/2002
Staff Writer
Now that city teachers have won a hefty, 16 percent pay raise, Jewish education experts are worried about an exodus from day schools to public schools. According to a survey by the Board of Jewish Education of Greater New York last year, the average maximum salary for head teachers at yeshivas and day schools is about $35,000.
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