Although she was deeply involved in Jewish life, Sandy Cahn didn’t consider herself a shul person.
“I did not ever go to synagogue, even though I had a strong Jewish background,” says Cahn, who has been a lay leader of numerous communal organizations.
Recently, following a tragedy in her life, she began attending Shabbat services at the New York Synagogue “to find some solace.”
A pending change in the delivery of meals to thousands of homebound seniors in the Bronx won’t affect the supply of kosher fare, says the commissioner for the Department for the Aging.
“There will be no interruption in service,” Commissioner Edwin Mendez-Santiago told The Jewish Week Tuesday. “Every single senior who requests a kosher meal will continue to get one.”
When Holland imposed a ban recently on a type of kosher slaughter, international Jewish leaders worried about far more than the difficulty observant Dutch Jews might face in obtaining rabbinically certified steak or cholent meat.
Noting that such a ban was an early step of Hitler’s Third Reich, some fear the action is part of a growing assault on Jewish life linked to the spread of anti-Semitism sweeping across Europe.
It’s 7 a.m. Monday, a time when many people are still sluggish. But even before his morning coffee, Alon Pinkas seems to be at the top of his game, sitting in the glass-enclosed Fox News Channel studios on Sixth Ave. “The Arab League has done less to help the peace process than the National Football League,” Israel’s consul general tells Fox’s Steve Doocy.
In what may be a surprising development given worldwide trends, anti-Semitic incidents in the United States in 2001 dropped 11 percent to the lowest point in more than a decade, according to the Anti-Defamation League’s annual audit.
California saw the biggest decline — more than 50 percent — among the 40 states where incidents were recorded. New York was second, with a 15 percent drop, although the Empire State led the nation with 408 acts of intolerance.
Check the registration rolls, and the people of Borough Park will turn out to be overwhelmingly Democrats. But if you have walked around the most densely Jewish community in the five boroughs during recent major elections, you are likely to have seen mostly signs and bumper stickers reading “Pataki” or “D’Amato,” “Giuliani,” or “Bloomberg,” Republicans all.
They are among hundreds of victims of Palestinian terrorism, but there was something about the tragic story of the Bloombergs of Ginot Shimron that prompted Rabbi Moshe Drelich to act.
“You start with one family at a time,” said the rabbi, assistant principal of SAR Academy in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. “You save the world one neshama [soul] at a time.”
The murder of a rabbinical student on a busy shopping strip in Midwood, Brooklyn, Monday night immediately set off fears of an anti-Semitic attack or a spillover of Mideast violence in the heavily Jewish community.
But police on Tuesday had all but ruled out the possibility that Avner Abensour, 26, had been attacked because he was a Jew.
“At this point it has not been deemed a bias incident,” said Lt. David Nadel, the NYPD’s liaison to the Jewish community.
The strong Jewish showing for Republican candidates in recent elections is no cause for concern, says the new chair of the state Democratic Party.
“I’m not accepting that they’re gone,” said Herman D. Farrell, who succeeded Judith Hope on Monday at a time of introspection for the party. “You stick with someone because when you get down to basic issues, you believe in what you see. A large percentage of our issues are those the Jewish community views as important.”
Seventeen months have passed since quintuplets born to the Klaver family brought the national media into their Brooklyn living room.
But now that they’ve faded from the limelight, the family has been forced to go public again as they face financial peril.
The Klavers have been ordered to vacate their crowded Flatbush apartment by their landlord, who is selling the house. Both parents are in poor health, and federal assistance they have been receiving is about to expire.