New York

Rabbi Gets Fresh (Breath)


Forget being blessed by a rabbi. A new Altoids-style kosher mint does it one better — it features the likeness of a rabbi on its tin.

Rabbi Mints, which are certified kosher by the Kof-K, bear the image of Rabbi Adam Mintz, of Congregation Rayim Ahuvim, a Modern Orthodox synagogue on the Upper West Side.

Richard Kirshenbaum, left, and David Mitchell, right, have studied with Rabbi Adam Mintz for more than 15 years

Rabbinical Students No Longer TAP-ped Out

State to grant $18 million in tuition aid in tough fiscal year; report alleges political deal.
Assistant Managing Editor

Years of lobbying by Agudath Israel of America appear to have borne fruit now that the state budget includes allocations to help struggling undergraduate rabbinical students pay tuition.

Agudath Israel says Dean Skelos, who controls the state Senate with a slim Republican majority, was an “avid champion” of funds

Putting A Face On Triangle Victims


It happened a century ago, but the terrible memories remain seared into our collective consciousness. The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire on the Lower East Side, in which 146 Jewish and Italian garment workers died, was a defining event in the history of immigrant life — and death — in New York.

Gusta Johnson and Amanda Yachechak in scene from Barbara Kahn’s “Birds on Fire.”

The Jewish Week's Grand Wine Tasting at City Winery

Taste the finest Kosher Wines from around the world!
MARCH 27, 2011 FROM 2:00- 5:00 PM

Just $35/person in advance or $40 at the door

Order yours now. Kosher Food Provided

A Steve Reich Reader

This week I wrote about the minimalist composer Steve Reich, whose groundbreaking Jewish chorale piece "Tehillim" (1981) is being performed by the teenage new music ensemble Face the Music next Thursday at Le Poisson Rouge. (They'll perform "Tehillim" at other locations over the next few months as well.)

Holocaust Day Programs Snowed Out in N.Y.


(JTA) -- Heavy snow in New York caused the postponement of a special U.N. General Assembly meeting commemorating International Holocaust Day.

The United Nations building was shut down due to the bad weather. Other Holocaust commemoration events planned for Thursday in New York also were postponed, according to reports.

The General Assembly in 2005 designated Jan. 27, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, as International Holocaust Remembrance Day, an annual day to honor the victims of the Nazi era.

History Center In The Black

West 16th Street facility is paid off, thanks to $30 million campaign.
Staff Writer

For a museum dedicated to digitizing and preserving history, The Center for Jewish History is now better positioned to face its future.

The gifts received to retire the debt of the Center for Jewish History, above, were the three largest the center has ever receiv

NYPD Checks Out Letter Bomb


(JTA) -- Six floors of a building in New York City housing an Israeli bank were evacuated because of a letter bomb scare.

First responders gave the all clear Wednesday once it became clear that the letter addressed to an employee of Bank Hapoalim was harmless, CNN said.

The letter was sent to the Bank Hapoalim branch at Sixth Avenue and 46th Street in midtown Manhattan, CNN reported Wednesday. Bank Hapoalim is on the 11th floor. The Israeli news service Arutz Sheva reported that floors nine through 14 were evacuated.

New Kosher Inspections Seen As Better Than Nothing


As New York State begins training food safety inspectors to replace kosher law enforcement staff, reaction in the Jewish community is mixed.

Some are skeptical that the 85 inspectors, who are in charge of checking sanitary conditions at bakeries, warehouses, slaughterhouses and other facilities will be able to effectively police compliance with the state’s laws regarding disclosure of kosher certification standards.

Hadar Settles Down


Wandering Jews no more. Kehilat Hadar, the 10-year-old independent minyan on the Upper West Side, held its first services last weekend in its new, semi-permanent space — inside the Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan’s new site at Columbus Avenue and 100th Street.

“[The move] marks a change that we’re excited about,” said Marc Aaron Melzer, one of five gabbaim on the leadership committee.

Kehilat Hadar members Yossi Hoffman, left, and Efrem Epstein help move shelves to minyan’s new space. Ashira Konigsburg
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