New York

Sheldon Silver To Step Down As NY State Assembly Speaker

01/27/2015 - 19:00

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

01/21/2015 - 19:00

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

09/30/2014 - 20:00
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

09/23/2014 - 20:00

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.

Standing Our Ground On Wearing Kipot In Public

09/10/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

“A yarmulke is an indoor garment.”  Ask any male Ramaz graduate from the 1940’s through the mid-‘60’s and he will recognize that declaration as one with which we – and others of our age – grew up.  We didn’t wear kipot outside.  We wore hats or no head covering.  Essentially, we didn’t identify as Jews in the street, a street that was not entirely welcoming to us.  It was a time of overt or covert anti-Semitism and we were acculturated to be aware of it and respond accordingly.

Jews stand their ground about wearing kipot in public. Getty Images.

A Return To Camp Ramah

08/17/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The campers and staff of Camp Ramah in Nyack danced with the crazed enthusiasm of people who had just won a $100 million jackpot. It was just past 9 a.m., the last Friday of camp in Rockland County, New York, and the Hebrew song playing was fittingly called "Lo Normali." I could not help but think that this amount of energy was freakish.

The author and a camp friend show just how seriously they take their summer fun. Courtesy of Alan Zeitlin

N.Y. Cabbie Suspended For Swastika Armband

05/20/2014 - 20:00

The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission suspended a driver for a month for wearing a swastika armband.

The Anti-Defamation League’s New York regional office, which brought the complaint against the cabbie, praised the suspension.

How Judy Met Trevor

03/03/2014 - 19:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

“My late husband wished me to re-marry,” said Judy Brown, “but it took me sixteen years. At first, I couldn’t even think about a second marriage, and then when I was ready, there was no one waiting in line to meet me.”

Trevor Davis and Judy Brown married recently; both have been long widowed. Courtesy of Trevor Davis and Judy Brown

New York Adjusts Candidate Petition Dates For Shavuot

05/13/2014 - 20:00

New York State moved up the launch of petition drives for primary candidates because the original date fell during Shavuot.

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