After Vote Counting Glitch, Altschuler Now Leads LI Congressional Race

11/06/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The close congressional race on the East End of Long Island, which incumbent Democrat Tim Bishop appeared likely to win, is now up in the air after the Suffolk County Board of Elections found it had misreported the unofficial results by nearly 4,000 votes.

Republican challenger Randy Altschuler, who if he wins would become the second Jewish Republican in the House, is now reported to be in the lead by 383 votes. Bishop had initially been reported to be ahead by 3,461 votes.

The Chosen: Jewish Members in the 112th U.S. Congress

11/04/2010 - 20:00

NEW YORK (JTA) -- The following is a list of the 39 Jewish members -- 12 senators and 27 representatives -- who are expected to serve in the 112th U.S. Congress, which is set to convene in January:


Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.)*

Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)**

Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.)

Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)

Al Franken (D-Minn.)

Herb Kohl (D-Wisc.)

Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.)

Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.)

Carl Levin (D-Mich.)

Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.)

Andrew Cuomo: The Lost Interview

11/04/2010 - 20:00

In early September 2002, Andrew Cuomo, struggling to gain traction in a Democratic primary battle against state comptroller H. Carl McCall, visited The Jewish Week for an extensive interview. The interview was set to run alongside one with McCall when, on Sept. 3, Cuomo suddenly dropped out of the race, under pressure from fellow Democrats to avoid splitting the party and to present a united front against Republican George Pataki, who would defeat McCall to win a third term in office. As a result, the below interview was never published.

After Electoral ‘Shellacking,’ Obama ‘Unwavering’ on Peace

11/04/2010 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- President Obama’s commitment to Middle East peace talks is “unwavering,” even after crushing midterm elections, a top aide said.

ADL Calls on Safed Rabbi to Reverse Ruling on Arabs

11/04/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) -- The Anti-Defamation League called on an Israeli rabbi to reverse a ruling it linked to threats to a Jewish landlord who rented to Arabs.

"All citizens of the State of Israel, according to the law, have equal rights including renting apartments," the ADL said in a statement. "Citizens should not be discriminated against for their ethnic background."

It called on Rabbi Yosef Eliahu, the chief rabbi of Safed, to reverse a ruling calling on Jewish residents of Safed not to rent to Arabs.

Bill Clinton: Rabin Would Have Approved of Chelsea Marrying a Jew

11/04/2010 - 20:00

NEW YORK (JTA) -- If the Israelis and Palestinians cut a peace deal, Syria likely would ally itself with the West over Iran, and Lebanon would be truly independent, Bill Clinton said.

The former president also warned that Israel will need friends in the region for a future when attacks from Gaza are conducted not with crude, inaccurate rockets but with rockets that inevitably will make use of technological advances to stage GPS-like precision attacks.

'Kill Jews' Notes Author Charged With Hate Crime

11/03/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) -- A former Brooklyn car service driver accused of leaving notes reading 'Kill Jews' around New York's Long Island was arraigned on a hate crimes charge.

Demetrios Apolonide, the driver for XYZ Car Service who was arraigned Wednesday for aggravated harassment, allegedly dropped the notes, written on torn pieces of the company's vouchers, in the communities where he dropped off his fares, according to reports. He dropped the notes at least nine different times between September 2009 and March 2010.

Homeland Security Advises Jewish Institutions on Terror Threats

11/03/2010 - 20:00

SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security advised Jewish institutions on protecting themselves from terrorist threats.

About 500 Jewish agencies joined a 75-minute conference call on Wednesday focusing on security. The call was organized after the thwarted mail-bomb threat against two Jewish institutions in Chicago.

Altschuler Race Too Close To Call

11/02/2010 - 20:00

With at least 9,000 absentee ballots still to be counted, Republican Randy Altschuler is still hoping for a narrow victory against Democrat Tim Bishop in New York’s politically fickle 1st Congressional District.

With a 3,400 vote lead in the machine tally, Bishop claimed victory on Wednesday. But Altschuler had yet to concede as of noon Thursday. 

Renewal For Newbies

As Romemu, the Jewish Renewal outpost here, grows, it’s spreading inclusion message to tots set.
11/02/2010 - 20:00
Special to The Jewish Week

They doddered, they crawled, they toyed with penlights in a simulation of the traditional candle-lighting ceremony. They allowed singing parents to manipulate tiny limbs in semblances of dancing, they flopped and they flopped a whole lot more. On the floor of the borrowed church vestry they did the things the smallest fries do.

It was Friday, the eve of Shabbat, and Sha-Baby time at Romemu, Manhattan’s Jewish Renewal, New Age haven of “music and meditation.”

Romemu founder Rabbi David Ingber, his wife Ariel Rosen Ingber and son Baer. Michael Datikash
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