As they mourned a rabbi and his wife murdered by terrorists in Mumbai, officials of the Chabad Lubavitch worldwide outreach movement were encouraging their emissaries in other parts of the world to stay strong and continue their mission.
"You know how to face adversity and challenges," said Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky at a press conference in Crown Heights Brooklyn that was televised around the world. " Keep strong and continue to forge ahead with courage and fortitude in the service of our people and mankind to make this a better place to live for all."
Pending cuts in state spending will cost programs run by UJA-Federation agencies between $25 million and $30 million, according to an estimate by the organization this week.
The mid-year cuts would be in addition to a $15 million loss in program funds already implemented earlier this year as Gov. David Paterson came to grips with a soaring deficit. Overall, the cuts could amount to about 3 percent of the overall income for programs helping immigrants, the poor, elderly and disabled and others.
Yeshiva University officials insist they won’t roll back five years of investing that partially led to a $24 million budget gap this fiscal year to balance the books. Instead, they’ll work carefully to slash expenses without harming the core mission of Modern Orthodoxy’s academic and religious stronghold, minimizing the impact on student life.
In this politics-heavy academic year, it should come as no surprise that the Young Republicans Club at Yeshiva University has recently signed up some 300 members.
“We’re the second-largest club on campus, after the Medical Ethics Society,” says the club president, Ben Jacobson.
At the same time, membership is also booming at the university’s Young Democrats club, with about a third as many members. But that’s a 100 percent increase over last year, when the club had fallen dormant.
Police officials are assessing whether pro-Iran groups might retaliate against Jewish targets here in the event of a U.S. or Israeli strike against Iranian nuclear sites, the NYPD’s top intelligence analyst announced on Tuesday.
Mitchell Silber told Jewish leaders at a pre-High Holy Days security briefing at police headquarters that a team of NYPD detectives and analysts has been sent to Argentina as part of that assessment.
After enduring a scathing campaign against him in the press and on the streets of the Lower East Side, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver easily survived a primary challenge, his first in over 20 years, by two political novices on Tuesday, while another veteran legislator, state Sen. Martin Connor, lost the Democratic Senate nomination in Brooklyn to a challenger backed by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer.
The victor of that primary, Daniel Squadron, is a former Schumer staffer and transportation advocate who was also backed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Next month, hundreds of rabbis and community leaders in Portland, Ore., will gather with counterparts from other faiths for skill-building workshops related to the social-justice priorities of their congregations.
“We’ll be looking at how to confront hunger in our backyard,” said Bob Horenstein, community relations director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland.
In his quest to find a running mate in this historic election year, Sen. John McCain is apparently looking to one of the nation’s smallest minority groups: Jewish Republicans.
News that the presumptive GOP presidential contender is considering Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor, the only Jewish Republican in the House, as his running mate has generated plenty of buzz and opened the possibility of a Jewish candidate on the national ticket for the second time in eight years.
When an elderly immigrant client walked into the offices of the Council of Jewish Organizations of Flatbush this week, she was told the case worker who was to attend a city benefits hearing with her would not be able to do so.
The worker has been laid off, one of seven employees at the agency affected by a 20 percent cut in city funding.
When Shalom Yoran, his brother and three other Jewish youths spent two weeks carving a hidden shelter into the frozen ground in 1942 Poland, they never could have imagined "re-creating" it more than 60 years later in cyberspace.
"I couldn't even imagine that I would survive," says Yoran, now 80 and living in Great Neck, L.I.