While thousands of kosher consumers in New York are left without protection from fraud, top state officials are headed in separate directions in their efforts to craft a new bill.
Days after the U.S. Supreme Court refused on Feb. 24 to hear an appeal that might have kept New York's constitutionally shaky statute alive, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Attorney General Eliot Spitzer announced the formation of a broad committee to study the implementation of a new law.
Organizers of a conference that would sensitize Orthodox wigmakers to signs of domestic abuse are working on rescheduling the Feb. 12 conference, which was postponed following a feature on the event in The Jewish Week. A source said the publicity had caused unspecified complications.
The conference was organized by several Jewish organizations with help from the Brooklyn District Attorney's office.
Recognizing that Orthodox women have close relationships with the women who style their wigs, it sought to train the wigmakers to counsel abuse victims.
In an unusual move, the City University of New York's chancellor overrode the administration of Brooklyn College Monday, awarding tenure to a controversial associate history professor.
Robert "K.C." Johnson, who has been teaching at the college three years, said he fell out of favor with colleagues after he complained that a faculty teach-in after 9-11 was biased against Israel and American foreign policy. Faculty members called him uncollegial.
A resolution calling for restraint on Iraq has once again pointed up sharp divisions in the views of City Council members where the Middle East is concerned.
It was unclear Tuesday whether the Council would vote on the resolution at its scheduled meeting the following day, as members were said to be divided on the issue. Council leaders generally avoid votes when the outcome is unclear.
As many as 17 states may have to join New York in reconfiguring kosher consumer enforcement legislation now that the U.S. Supreme Court has dealt a death blow to the Empire State's model, but long-troubled, law.
The high court on Monday declined to get involved in the case between a Long Island kosher butcher and the state's Department of Agriculture and Markets.
One day after the worst blizzard in seven years hit New York City, the Queens Jewish Community Council was open for business, ready to assist the elderly or otherwise needy who may be having a rough time coping with the snow.
"We specifically wanted to be there in case people would call and say I don't have food," said council director Manny Behar. "It's happened in the past. But this time we didn't get any calls like that." In fact, it was all quiet all day at Beharís Forest Hills offices.
Ethel Berman, 82, walks with a cane and her vision is so poor she needs help placing her hand on the spot where she is supposed to sign a check.
But Berman is proud to be living at the Warbasse apartments in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, where she not only takes care of herself but volunteers to organize programs to benefit other residents of the heavily senior-citizen complex at the corner of Ocean Parkway and Neptune Avenue.
"This is the closest thing to being independent," said Berman, who has been living at Warbasse since it was built in the early 1960s.
Developing a joint anti-ballistic defense system should be the "centerpiece" of strategic cooperation between the United States and Israel, Sen. Barbara Mikulski told Jewish leaders and elected officials Sunday.
The Maryland Democrat, saying the Patriot batteries deployed during the 1991 Gulf war were not sufficiently accurate, said the two countries must work to develop "new smart weapons" such as the Arrow system or a tactical laser that would shoot down missiles, whether launched by Iraq or Hezbollah guerrillas on Israel's northern border.
After a year as the unlikeliest mayor in New York history, Michael Bloomberg, whose wealth would make him a formidable contender for almost any other office, says he'll end his political career once his stint in City Hall is over.
"This is it for me," Bloomberg told The Jewish Week. "My next career will be running a private foundation, which I will create, and I'm looking forward to that."
Los Angeles (JTA): The last five Jews held in an Iranian prison on charges of spying for Israel have been released on "vacation," although it remains uncertain whether they will be permanently freed.
The five were among 13 Jews arrested on spy charges in early 1999.
In a case that drew worldwide attention, they were tried in the southern city of Shiraz, and 10 received prison sentences. Five already have been released after serving some of their time. Israel denies the men were its spies.