Diaspora Rabbis Urge Israeli Colleagues To Speak Out On Rental Ruling

12/13/2010 - 19:00

(JTA) — Over 750 rabbis and cantors of all denominations signed a letter urging their Israeli colleagues to speak out against a ruling by 39 municipal rabbis banning renting to non-Jews.

“The recent halakhic ruling from community rabbis in Israel that forbids leasing apartments to non-Jews has caused great shock and pain in our communities,” said the letter, initiated by the New Israel Fund. “The attempt to root discriminatory policies based on religion or ethnicity in Torah is a painful distortion of our tradition.”

The Madoff Tragedy and Personal Legacy

12/13/2010 - 19:00

With Mark Madoff’s suicide over the weekend, we witnessed the burden of a father’s sins. The Madoff family’s tragic narrative reinforces why a person’s legacy truly matters. To expand on this teachable moment, JInsider looked to better understand personal legacy through the perspective of Jewish wisdom. (See full video discussions on

Pride and Self-Worth

‘Tis The Seasons

12/13/2010 - 19:00

She’s a professional photographer, an exercise and dance instructor, and she even DJs at bat mitzvah parties.

Danielle Jacobs, a Cedarhurst, L.I.-based mom of two, can now add a new credential to the mix: that of branding expert.

Danielle Jacobs, with family.

Wiesel’s Back Pages, With Soundtrack

12/13/2010 - 19:00

Elie Wiesel once told this reporter that he lives in his memories. In his many books, the Nobel laureate has vividly recaptured the atmosphere of his childhood in Sighet, Romania, and his experiences during the Shoah and afterwards in France, Israel and New York.

This Saturday night, for the first time, fans of the writer will get to hear the soundtrack to those memories in a program titled “Elie Wiesel in Concert: Melodies and Stories from Long Ago.” (Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m., 92nd Street Y. See for tickets.)

He sings! Elie Wiesel will sing tunes associated with his childhood this weekend at the 92nd Street Y.

Kosher Inspectors Seek Help As Shutdown Looms

Paterson says layoffs regrettable; enforcement law faces litigation.
12/13/2010 - 19:00
Assistant Managing Editor

The state’s last remaining kosher inspectors are looking to legislators for support and gathering petitions in a bid to keep jobs that will be eliminated on Dec. 31.

“I hate having done that,” Gov. David Paterson told The Jewish Week regarding the need to cut state-employed kosher inspectors.

Out Of The Kosher Frying Pan, Into The Fire

Three aspiring chefs take on razor-sharp mandolines, buttercream-filled pastry bags and more, in a six-hour competition.
12/13/2010 - 19:00
Editorial Assistant

What does the abbreviation “DE” mean next to a kosher symbol? If you know that the answer is “dairy equipment” — something that can be eaten after meat consumption but not with meat — then you might have what it takes to be the next great kosher chef.

Contestants Jasmine Einalhori, left, Batsheva Goldstein and Josh Pashman battle the clock as they race to prepare as many orders

Appetite For Protest At Flaum

Labor strife intensifying at popular Williamsburg appetizing company.
12/13/2010 - 19:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Many kosher-observant Jews in the New York area are familiar with the light comestibles prepared by the century-old Flaum Appetizing Corporation, either for their kitchen tables or the Saturday afternoon shalah shudus (third meal) gatherings at their local synagogues.

What they may be gradually learning about, as they sit down to Flaum’s egg salad, matjes herring or baba ganoush, is the long-simmering labor dispute pitting the East Williamsburg company’s owners against former workers, a dispute that has in recent months bubbled hotly to the surface.

Flaum workers accepting the “Champions of Economic Justice” Award at the 2010 Brandworkers Awards Dinner.

Recreating Sholom Aleichem

Exhibit at Suffolk Y-JCC introduces children to the famous author and his times.
12/13/2010 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Bat-Sheva Slavin helped Emily Bendeson, 9, of Smithtown slip the wedding dress over her street clothes while Mike Delmonaco, 9, of Commack adjusted his top hat.

The two then stood next to each other while other youngsters played the roles of a rabbi, bridesmaids and best men for a mock wedding photo amid a painted scene of a Ukrainian village a century ago.

Youngsters from around Long Island donned Eastern European dress to recreate scenes from Sholom Aleichem’s work, including a wed

Richard Holbrooke, Veteran Diplomat, Dies

12/13/2010 - 19:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Richard Holbrooke, the legendary U.S. diplomat who brokered a Balkan peace and who enjoyed talking about his Jewish roots, has died.

Holbrooke, who was the Obama administration's envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan when he died, suffered a torn aorta on Friday and was hospitalized. The State Department announced his death on Monday. He was 69.

Reform, NCJW Slam ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Failure

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Two Jewish groups expressed regret at the U.S. Senate's failure to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays.

A repeal of the policy, which requires the discharge of gay servicemen and women who reveal their orientation, was attached to a defense spending bill. It failed Dec. 9 on a procedural vote to garner the 60 votes needed to advance to debate.

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