New York

Kosher Inspectors Seek Help As Shutdown Looms

Paterson says layoffs regrettable; enforcement law faces litigation.

12/14/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

The state’s last remaining kosher inspectors are looking to legislators for support and gathering petitions in a bid to keep jobs that will be eliminated on Dec. 31.

“I hate having done that,” Gov. David Paterson told The Jewish Week regarding the need to cut state-employed kosher inspectors.

Appetite For Protest At Flaum

Labor strife intensifying at popular Williamsburg appetizing company.

12/14/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Many kosher-observant Jews in the New York area are familiar with the light comestibles prepared by the century-old Flaum Appetizing Corporation, either for their kitchen tables or the Saturday afternoon shalah shudus (third meal) gatherings at their local synagogues.

What they may be gradually learning about, as they sit down to Flaum’s egg salad, matjes herring or baba ganoush, is the long-simmering labor dispute pitting the East Williamsburg company’s owners against former workers, a dispute that has in recent months bubbled hotly to the surface.

Flaum workers accepting the “Champions of Economic Justice” Award at the 2010 Brandworkers Awards Dinner.

Recreating Sholom Aleichem

Exhibit at Suffolk Y-JCC introduces children
to the famous author and his times.

12/14/2010
Staff Writer

Bat-Sheva Slavin helped Emily Bendeson, 9, of Smithtown slip the wedding dress over her street clothes while Mike Delmonaco, 9, of Commack adjusted his top hat.

The two then stood next to each other while other youngsters played the roles of a rabbi, bridesmaids and best men for a mock wedding photo amid a painted scene of a Ukrainian village a century ago.

Youngsters from around Long Island donned Eastern European dress to recreate scenes from Sholom Aleichem’s work, including a wed

The Jewish Week Interviews Gov. David Paterson

Gov. David Paterson frankly discussed his tenure as governor in an interview with The Jewish Week on Dec. 8, 2010.

Bloomberg Says No to Voucher Program For Orthodox Kids

12/09/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

Despite pleas from several City Council members and over 15,000 letters from their constituents, Mayor Michael Bloomberg declined to extend funding for a day care voucher program that heavily benefits Orthdox communities.

The Priority 7 funding, which allows payments of of up to $300 per week per eligible child for afterschool programs, will end this month.

NYC Council Speaker Launches Interfaith Tolerance Weekend

12/09/2010

Responding to a recent wave of bias attacks, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has organized three days of programming at religious institutions and other venues to promote tolerance.

Paterson Apologizes For Kosher-Enforcement Cut

12/09/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

Eliminating the state’s kosher food inspection unit was a regrettable, but necessary decision forced by the state’s $10 billion deficit, Gov. David Paterson told The Jewish Week on Wednesday.

Gov. David Paterson

Rabbis For Human Rights Host Cordoba House Founder

At Manhattan conference, activist rabbis say too few Jews spoke up on behalf of the embattled Muslim cultural center.

12/07/2010
Staff Writer

The Jewish community’s role in this year’s controversy over a planned Islamic center in Lower Manhattan was alternately praised and condemned at a meeting of activist rabbis here this week.

One of the initiators of the Cordoba House thanked the Jewish community for its support, while a prominent New York rabbi argued that the Jewish community had not done enough.

“We could not have done this without your support,” Park51’s Daisy Khan told a Rabbi for Human Rights conference here this week.

East (And West) Of Eden

Singles are discovering that, yes, there is life beyond the Upper West Side. From the boroughs to Teaneck, is geography
really dating destiny?

Special To The Jewish Week
12/07/2010

Call it The Great Singles Migration. OK, Almost Great.

Liz Wallenstein is one of the new émigrés. The 31-year-old psychotherapist lived in both Washington Heights and the Upper West Side before moving to Flatbush, a Brooklyn neighborhood known more for its kosher pizza options than for an active singles scene.

“I wasn’t in love with the West Side,” said Wallenstein. “I had been there for four years. I felt like I was there because I didn’t know where else to be.

Liz Wallenstein: “I wasn’t in love 	with the West Side.”

All It Takes Is One

Managing Editor
12/07/2010

With its size and sizzle, New York is a singles paradise. Here, grazing your shoulder on the packed 1 train; there, peering at you from behind a folded Times in line at the Angelika, a soul mate calls. Multiply that close encounter by — what? — a million. A gambler — or a single guy or gal — would take those odds.

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