New York

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

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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