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New JCC Site Reflects Staten Island Growth

03/30/2007
Assistant Managing Editor
With great fanfare, the Jewish Community Center of Staten Island officially opened its new, $42 million center in Sea View this week, a bustling complex that showcases the borough’s rapid Jewish growth. The 115,000-square-foot facility is now the third site on the island operated by the JCC, which has 2,800 member households. But the new building’s amenities dwarf those of the other locations, as well as those at many JCCs in North America.

Fulani Theater Kids Tour Holocaust Museum

04/09/2008
Assistant Managing Editor
Members of a youth theater that was criticized by Jewish groups for a 2004 dramatization of the Crown Heights riots were to tour the Museum of Jewish Heritage-Living Memorial to the Holocaust on Wednesday. One of the founders of the All Stars Project is Lenora Fulani, a political activist and frequent candidate who,  last August, publicly apologized for writing in a 1988 article that Jews “sold their souls to acquire Israel” and were “mass murderers of people of color.” She also launched an ad campaign in 2004 to insist she is not an anti-Semite.

Partisan Clash At JCRC Breakfast

03/23/2007
Assistant Managing Editor
With New York’s congressional delegation overwhelmingly Democratic, it’s not unusual to hear partisan snipes at a Republican administration at the annual Jewish Community Relations Council legislative breakfast. But the tone and tenor of Sunday’s address by Rep. Jerrold Nadler, which was followed by a rebuttal by Republican Chris Shays of Connecticut, was unusually strident, and left some guests of the organization – strictly nonpartisan, by law – reeling.

I love Jewish NY

03/23/2007
Staff Writer
Sure. Come to New York, spend your money on fancy dinners and Broadway shows and visits to the Statue of Liberty. But maybe you can take a little time out of your busy schedule for The Jewish Museum or the Eldridge Street Synagogue? The above probably won’t be part of a major Jewish tourism campaign that is taking shape after nearly a decade of planning.

ADL Looks On Bright Side

03/16/2007
Staff Writer
New York streets were more dangerous for Jews in 2006 than the previous year. Twenty-three people reported being physically assaulted for being Jewish, a jump of more than 50 percent from the previous year. It was also a banner year for vandalism, with 165 people on the receiving end of swastikas and other graffiti, up nearly 10 percent. The region’s most heavily Jewish area, Brooklyn, saw a 33 percent jump in anti-Semitic incidents, with a grand total of 67, and three of five boroughs saw an increase in incidents.

For Brooklyn Shul, Deal Or No Deal?

03/09/2007
Assistant Managing Editor
Though not particularly religious, Boris Karasik enjoyed going to the Orthodox Mapleton Park Jewish Center in the seven years since he arrived in Brooklyn from Belarus. At the Bensonhurst shul, he could hear a sermon in Russian and recite the Kaddish for lost relatives. But the former Red Army officer, who fought the Nazis and wears his medals proudly on his chest, could also swap war stories with other immigrants over a bottle of cognac.

Keyed In At Peter Cooper

03/09/2007
Staff Writer
Each Saturday, Rochelle Neumann faced a dilemma: Go away for the Sabbath, or face the awkward predicament of being unable to easily re-enter her building at Peter Cooper Village if she goes to synagogue. Neumann, a paralegal, and her daughter live in a building at the complex where, six months ago, management installed electronic keyless locks on the front door — prohibited for use by strictly observant Jews during the Sabbath.

Textbook Precision

02/09/2007
Assistant Managing Editor
In full presidential-campaign mode, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton came well prepared to the Northeast AIPAC dinner last week, armed with a speech that touched all the right bases. The former first lady, a Democrat who hopes to be the first female president, blasted Iran’s “pro-terrorist, anti-American, anti-Israeli rhetoric” as well as that country’s ambition to be a nuclear power and the Holocaust conference convened by its president, which she termed “beyond the pale of international discourse and acceptable behavior.”

No ‘Place’ For Bigot

02/02/2007
Staff Writer
It’s never too late to give an anti-Semite a kick in the pants, a couple of Brooklyn politicians figure. Nearly 110 years after industrialist Austin Corbin died, State Sen. Carl Kruger wants to rename a heavily Jewish Manhattan Beach street that honors Corbin’s memory and Councilman Mike Nelson is considering a bill that would do so.

Dual Bronx Simcha

12/29/2006
Assistant Managing Editor
As holiday quiet hung over the Bronx neighborhood of Pelham Parkway early Monday morning, one of the few places bustling with activity was Congregation Sons of Israel on Cruger Avenue. There, shouts of “Siman Tov U’Mazel Tov” echoed as a packed room celebrated dual milestones: The bar mitzvah of one congregant and the 90th birthday of another. After back-to-back aliyot, the two joined Rabbi Moshe Fuchs and other congregants in song and dance that harkened back to another era.
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