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A Serpent In Catskills’ ‘Garden?’

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Sheldon Silver To Step Down As NY State Assembly Speaker


New York State Assemby Speaker Sheldon Silver, who is facing corruption charges, will resign from his position.

N.Y. State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver Arrested In Corruption Probe


Sheldon Silver, the speaker of the New York State Assembly, was arrested as part of a corruption investigation.

A Long, Empty Campaign Ending -- Finally

Another long national nightmare -- the 2014 campaigns -- is almost over.  And it demonstrates once again, as H.L. Mencken said, "No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people."  One of the most amazing things about the record amount of spending in this campaign year is how little was devoted to substantive discussion of issues. 

Staging Gertrude Stein’s Modernism

Special To The Jewish Week

Paris in the early-20th century was a hotbed of artistic and sexual experimentation. Even so, the expatriate American writer Gertrude Stein stood out as a gay Jewish woman whose art was as uncompromising and unconventional as her lifestyle. Stein’s book of prose poetry, “Tender Buttons,” comes to the stage this month in an epic production by the Van Reipen Collective that promises to shed new light on one of Stein’s most challenging and influential works. It starts this week in the East Village.

A scene from "Tender Buttons," adapted from the writings of Gertrude Stein. Gary Heidt

A Year Of Challenges, And Hope


Dear Friends,

Every year at this time it is our privilege to report to you on the state of The Jewish Week.

At Rosh HaShanah it is appropriate to take stock of where we have been and to look forward, with renewed commitment to journalistic excellence, to the coming year.

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