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The Technion Takes Manhattan

Cornell partnership cements a reputation for high-tech research and development that’s been building for 100 years.

Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — When Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced last month that the Technion, Israel’s Institute of Technology, and Cornell University had won a bid to create a state-of-the-art technological campus on Roosevelt Island, it confirmed what Israelis already know: that the Technion, with its reputation for innovation and Nobel Prize-winning scientists, is as respected abroad as it is in Israel.

A biomedical lab at The Technion. Photos courtesy of The Technion

Love And Marriage, Song And Dance

From speed dating to weddings, three New York Musical Theater Festival productions give a 21st-century Jewish spin on romance.

Special To The Jewish Week

From the rival lovers in “Oklahoma” to the interracial relationships in “South Pacific,” romance has always been a major theme of the Broadway musical. Now come three new productions in the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) that give a 21st-century Jewish spin to themes of love and sex.

The cast of “My History of Marriage.”

What Do Shrinks and Ancient Israel Have in Common?

There was an interesting tidbit in The New York Times you might have missed last week: Patricia Cohen posted a small item about a research paper presented at this year's American Psychology Association convention. The researchers were from Yeshiva University and argued that the Sanhedrin--or, the judicial body that governened Jerusalem in ancient Israel--was surprisingly effective at combating "groupthink."

The Fire This Time


Our hearts go out to the members and leadership of Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun, the landmark synagogue on the Upper East Side that suffered serious fire damage this week.

Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, the venerable spiritual leader of the 140-year-old congregation, expressed gratitude that no one was injured in the four-alarm blaze and that, since the synagogue had been under renovation since May, no Torah scrolls were on site.

Kosher Kabobs Wow BBQ Judges

Editorial assistant

Tery Blatt only had about a quarter of the space that her fellow barbecue competitors had to work on. But she still took home the trophy.

At the Daily News/Fairway “BBQ in the Boroughs” cook-off, Blatt, 41, faced off against 24 contestants - and their favorite barbecue recipes - from around New York City.

Tery Blatt, left, got a helping hand with her steak kabobs from daughter Gabriella at the "BBQ in the Boroughs" competition.

NY's First Same-Sex, Interfaith, Feng-Shui Certified Wedding!

Last summer we had Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky.

This summer’s high-profile interfaith under-the-chupah wedding will be New York’s First Legal Same-Sex Wedding, set to take place at the strike of midnight on July 24, when the new law goes into effect.

Major Fire At Kehillat Jeshurun


A four-alarm fire erupted at Congregation Kehillat Jerushun on the Upper East Side Monday night. Four firefighters were treated for minor injuries sustained while fighting the blaze, which drew some 170 responders, including medical technicians.

WNBC News reported that the Torahs had been previously removed from the 110-year-old building on East 85th Street due to construction. Services are being held at a building across the street. The blaze, which started on an upper floor, was brought under control around 10 p.m.

FDNY photo via Twitter

Bagel Store’s Demise Leaves Hole In Community

Editorial Assistant

Upper West Side residents are mourning the loss of H&H bagels, which closed this week after almost four decades serving up the classic Jewish food. But one New York bagel lover is not taking the news lying down.

A week before closing, the iconic bagel store ripped down the sign and awning outside its Broadway location.

H&H Heretic: Why I Cheer the Closing of a Bagel Shop

On Monday the Upper West Side outlet of the venerated bagel store H&H closed, and not since the death of Michael Jackson has a New York summer seen so much grief. "There Goes a Piece of the Old Neighborhood, Again" ran a New York Times headline in a story dripping with pathos.

Charlotte Bloomberg, Mayor's Mother, Dies At 102


Charlotte Bloomberg, the mother of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, died June 19 at her home in Medford, Mass. She was 102.

Mrs. Bloomberg, a longtime president of her congregation, Temple Shalom, was a Life Member of Hadassah, and she accompanied her son to Jerusalem in 2003 for the dedication of a wing of Hadassah University Hospital named for her.

“We lost the matriarch of our community,” Charlotte Potak, president of Temple Shalom, told The Boston Globe.

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