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A Friendly Visitor

Program links volunteers with elderly Holocaust survivors.
02/10/2010 - 19:00
Staff Writer

As Sandra Glicksman walked towards the private room of Inge Heilbrunn in the Grace Plaza Nursing Center in Great Neck, Heilbrunn was in a wheelchair anxiously awaiting her arrival.

Heilbrunn, an 85-year-old widow and Holocaust survivor, was visibly upset. Jewelry that she had kept in her Scrabble box was missing.
“I’ve looked all over,” Heilbrunn said, beside herself. “It’s gone. Somebody took it. ... It meant a lot to me.”

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Hurling Curses Amid The Whitefish

Old-timers, new members battling it out for the future of East Village shul.
02/10/2010 - 19:00
Staff Writer

There is nothing remotely community minded about the war that is gripping the Sixth Street Community Synagogue.

Tensions at the East Village Orthodox shul, which have been building between old-timers and newly recruited younger members for six months, erupted last Sunday morning at a meeting to elect new board members.

The two sides hurled curses at one another in the shul basement, where a spread of whitefish salad and bagels had been laid out. At one point, someone suggested that the police be called in to restore calm.

A tense meeting Sunday at the Sixth Street Community Synagogue revealed sharp divisions at the shul.

Chabad’s Presence Making Big Waves In Oceanside

Outreach group’s thriving one-day-a-week Hebrew school splitting a L.I. community fighting to hold onto Jews.
02/10/2010 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Rarely has a single day — one day less of Hebrew school instruction a week, to be exact — so polarized a Jewish community. But in the desperate fight for Jewish souls playing out in the Long Island town of Oceanside, Chabad of Oceanside’s one-day-a-week Hebrew school, now in its 10th year and drawing a big crowd of students, is tearing the community apart, the town’s leaders suggest.

Chabad of Oceanside’s Hebrew school has touched off a bitter debate over educational standards. Courtesy of Chabad of Oceanside

On Being Michael Steinhardt

Mega-philanthropist sees Jewish establishment as ‘enemy’ for insufficient support of Birthright Israel.
02/10/2010 - 19:00
Editor And Publisher

A self-professed atheist, Michael Steinhardt might be offended — or else amused — to be described as a modern-day prophet.
It’s not that the businessman-turned-philanthropist preaches repentance and devotion to God; far from it, his primary concern is the survival and growth of secular, or cultural Judaism. He figures the Orthodox can take care of themselves.

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Claims Conf. Fraud Put At $350,000; No Survivor Funds Bilked

Three fired here after phony claims uncovered; feds probing ‘sophisticated’ scheme.
02/10/2010 - 19:00
Staff Writer

The Claims Conference fired three employees last week who allegedly approved more than 100 fraudulent Holocaust-era claims — filed primarily by Russians now living in Brooklyn — that bilked the German government out of more than $350,000, The Jewish Week has learned.

A federal investigation has reportedly been launched but it is not known if the employees, one of whom was the supervisor of the Hardship Fund, were complicit in the fraud. The Claims Conference declined to reveal their names.

Clarke Gets An Earful On Israel

Brooklyn rep backtracks on Gaza after meetings with Jewish leaders.
02/10/2010 - 19:00
Assistant Managing Editor

After voting with 36 other members of the House in November against a resolution that the Goldstone Report to the UN was unfair to Israel, Brooklyn’s Yvette Clarke reportedly told Jewish leaders in her district that she’d consult with them on Middle East issues in the future.

Rep. Yvette Clarke said letters on Gaza she signed “do not provide a complete, and therefore accurate, picture of the situation.

A Match Made In ... Queens

Novel fundraising approach enables Orthodox day school to thrive.
02/10/2010 - 19:00
Associate Editor

Alan Steinberg likes to call it the “miracle on Grand Central Parkway.”
Last summer, Yeshiva Har Torah, where Steinberg serves as executive vice president, was, like many other Jewish day schools, scrambling to raise funds to compensate for its widening, $400,000 budget gap.

Lucky for them, a donor approached, offering to match all funds raised in the school’s “Mind the Gap” campaign. But there was a catch: every Har Torah family would have to make some sort of contribution, and within 30 days.

Yeshiva Har Torah’s parents rallied together to donate $200,000 to the school, matched by an anonymous donor.

Gay And Haredi In Jerusalem

The Jewish Week talks to Haim Tabakman, director of the new film “Eyes Wide Open.”
02/10/2010 - 19:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Haim Tabakman’s appearance belies the somber nature of his impressive first film, “Eyes Wide Open.”

Haim Tabakman, right, and scene from his “Eyes Wide Open,” above.

Luring The Young And The Upscale

02/05/2008 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Most of the 750 young adults who packed a cavernous room in Manhattan’s Puck Building last week wouldn’t have come near a UJA-Federation of New York event three or four years ago, one of the function’s organizers said. And half of those who came last week, he added, will never again be seen by federation leaders.

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