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NYC Mayor: Fighting BDS ‘Consistent With Progressive Values’

08/25/2016 - 10:43

NEW YORK (JTA) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that defending Israel from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement is “consistent with progressive values.”

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio at City Hall, Sept. 21, 2015. (Seth Wenig/AP Images)

My Eleven Months: The Power Of Kaddish

08/09/2016 - 17:40

Eleven months.  There is an awkwardness about the number 11.  Prime numbers always feel that way.  As regards time, it’s not quite a whole either. Our sages teach that we should cease saying Kaddish after 11 months to avoid connecting our parent with the period of judgment for a wicked person, which is said to be 12 months.  So we say Kaddish for our parent for 11 months, and then we stop.

William Lipsey

Raising Christian Money For Jewish Causes, A Star Rabbi Earns Praise And Scorn

08/09/2016 - 12:01

PARIS (JTA) — The summer drizzle that soaked the French capital did little to dampen Yechiel Eckstein’s enthusiasm as he arrived recently with his wife Joelle at the city’s Great Synagogue for a private tour.

Rabbis Yechiel Eckstein, left, and Moshe Sebbag at the Grand Synagogue of Paris, June 27, 2016. (JTA)

Community Founded By Nazi Sympathizers Sued For Housing Discrimination

10/20/2015 - 20:00

A husband and wife are suing a suburban New York community founded by Nazi sympathizers for violating the Fair Housing Act.

The former Suffolk County Nursing Home on the grounds of the old Suffolk County Almshouse, in Yaphank, N.Y. Wikimedia Commons

Mets Vs. Cubs: The Most Jewish Series Possible

Is the Mets-siah upon us?

10/19/2015 - 20:00
Special to The Jewish Week

We are the quirky minority, a small segment of the overall population, trying hard to fit into the national landscape. We are overshadowed by the majority surrounding us, only able to come out of the shadows when things are particularly good. Even at those times we are ridiculed, without a retort except the knowledge that our day will come. We remember our past periods of glory, and pray every day for the next one to come speedily in our times.

Mets play the Cubs during the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series at Citi Field. Getty Images

A Serpent In Catskills’ ‘Garden?’

As an anti-bungalow backlash flares, critics and zoning codes say ‘enough is enough.’

07/07/2015 - 20:00
Associate Editor

Woodbourne, N.Y. — Summer comes to the Catskills like Creation itself, each day a revelation: The Neversink River flows to waterfalls. A moon rises over ice caves. There are salamanders in the grass, bears in the forest, a bald eagle in the sky. In the Sullivan County hamlet of Callicoon, just prior to the solstice, farmers parade 260 tractors. One trucker for Balford Farms, driving along the Delaware River on a June morning, spied a wounded bald eagle in a ditch, saving its life.

A colony in the rain: A summer tradition is threatened by zoning and resentment. Courtesy of Vos Iz Neias

Rhinebeck Gets A Shul Of Its Own

First permanent Jewish presence in the Hudson Valley town, thanks to Chabad couple.

06/30/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Rhinebeck, N.Y. — The first thought that crossed Saul Fraiman’s mind when his son, Matthew, announced 20 years ago that he was moving to this Dutchess County town to take a chef’s job, was “it seemed far away.”

Sandy and Saul Fraiman, inset, are active congregants of the new Rhinebeck Jewish Center. Steve Lipman/JW

Orthodox Transgender Activist Speaks Out

Yiscah Smith is promoting her memoir and speaking about building a life as an Orthodox woman.

05/03/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

On a sunny Sunday afternoon in late April, a group of people gathered in a small house in Crown Heights, Brooklyn to listen to Yiscah Sara Smith read excerpts from her memoir.

Yiscah Sara Smith in Jerusalem. Via

Museum of Biblical Art Announces Closure of Museum

The museum looked at Western art through the perspective of the artistic traditions of Judaism and Christianity.

04/28/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The Museum of Biblical Art, an independent cultural institution near Columbus Circle in Manhattan that previously was affiliated with the American Bible Society, will close after its current exhibition of sculptures by Donatello ends on June 14.

Museum Of Biblical Art in New York City. Via

Bar Mitzvah Singer Nicki Minaj Tries To Make It Right With The Jews

04/27/2015 - 20:00
Web Editor

Is Nicki Minaj trying to make it right with the Jews? Probably not, but she sure did make a lot of young Jews very happy when she performed at a Bar Mitzvah in New York City over the weekend.

"Get a load of these little hunks I met last night @ the Bar Mitzvah
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