New York

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.

Like Weiner, District’s Future Now Uncertain

UPDATE: Congressman's ouster could put 9th CD on chopping block, potentially weakening clout of Jewish communities.

Assistant Managing Editor

UPDATED 6/16/11

Saying revelations of his online relationships with women involving lewd pictures had made it impossible to do his job, embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner gave in to pressure from Democratic Party leaders — including President Barack Obama — to leave Congress on Thursday.

The resignation, following three weeks of coverage of his online escapades and a failed cover-up attempt, is a stunning fall from grace for a polished politician who carefully cultivated his political ties to the Jewish community.

Rep. Weiner studying a bill during a markup session. getty images

Remembering Munich In Nyack

Staff Writer

West Nyack – On the front lawn of the Jewish community center here, a plot of grass is set aside for a memorial, to be dedicated this summer, to the 11 Israelis killed at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. Inside the building’s front entrance, a large poster announces the status of a fundraising campaign that JCC Rockland is conducting in memory of the Munich 11. Further inside, T-shirts bearing the likeness of David Berger, an American-born weightlifter who was among the victims of Palestinian terrorists in 1972, are on sale.

30,000 March in New York’s Celebrate Israel Parade


(JTA) -- Thousands of New Yorkers participated in the annual Celebrate Israel Parade, which marched up Fifth Avenue amid a sea of blue-and-white flags.

The crowd was estimated at about 30,000 for the parade that was led by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, accompanied by Israeli Minister of Information and Diaspora Yuli Edelstein, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren, and Israel’s Consul General in New York Ido Aharoni.

Appellate Judge Lifts Hold On Nassau District Lines Change

Plan still faces court challenge.


An appellate judge has lifted the order preventing the Nassau County Legislature from adopting new district lines.

Judge Joseph Covello late Thursday allowed the legislators to continue using the new lines as it plans this year's elections, despite concerns by county Democrats in a lawsuit that the lines were drawn to favor the GOP majority. But the battle isn't over yet.

Coming To Wiesenfeld’s Defense On Kushner Honor


New York – Amid a number of calls for Jeffrey Weisenfeld to step down as trustee of the City University of New York after opposing an honorary degree for Tony Kushner, a grass-roots group of academics has come to his defense and criticized the CUNY executive board for choosing, in the end, to honor the playwright.

A Night In Tunisia

Special to the Jewish Week

Some wars are fought more in the bedroom than on the battlefield. In Tuvia Tenenbom’s new play, “Saida,” the aging leader of the Palestinian secret service (Robert Tekavec) and his young Israeli counterpart (Sergei Nagony) vie for the hand of Saida (Anita Clay), the most beautiful woman in Tunisia. An allegory for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, “Saida” opened last weekend at the Kraine Theatre in the East Village. Jeffrey Coyne and Adam Shiri are also featured in the cast.

“Saida,” with Sergei Nagony, left, Robert Tekavec and Anita Clay, is meant as a metaphor about Israeli-Palestinian relations.
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