New York

Checks Stolen From N.J., N.Y. Orthodox Synagogues

12/26/2010

(JTA) -- Checks for donations and membership dues were stolen from several Orthodox synagogues in New Jersey and New York.

The theft has been going on for several months, the New Jersey Record reported last week.

Congregation Beth Abraham in Bergenfield, N.J. and Bnai Yeshurun in Teaneck, N.J., filed police reports with the Bergenfield and Teaneck police departments last week, according to the report.

The checks were endorsed with a fake stamp and deposited in a Missouri-based bank. The money was then withdrawn in cash, according to the newspaper.

Second Cuomo Administration Takes Shape

Aides reached out to N.Y. Board of Rabbis regarding Sabbath inauguration; inner circle said to understand social service needs.

12/21/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

With Andrew Cuomo set to take office as New York’s 56th governor on Jan. 1, a Saturday, his aides contacted the New York Board of Rabbis last week to assess whether the Sabbath inauguration would cause any offense.

Governor-Elect Andrew Cuomo

The census, reapportionment - and Jewish political muscle

  You can bet a lot of pols in both parties are pouring over the 2010 census, released today in Washington.  While the numbers look good for Republicans and for Western and Southwestern states as the expense of Democrats and the Jew-rich Northeast, drawing too many conclusions about the impact of today's numbers on Jewish political clout is risky.

Gov. David Paterson Interview Part 2

 New York Gov. David Paterson discusses tuition loans for rabbinical students, Eliot Spitzer, his own political future, black-Jewish relations and Saturday Night Live in part of the the Jewish Week's MetroPolitics vlog interview.

United Synagogue Leader Bruce Greenfield Dies At 64

12/14/2010

Bruce Greenfield, the longtime executive director of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism’s Metropolitan New York District, died Dec. 12 following a heart attack in his North Bellmore, L.I. home. He was 64.

Mr. Greenfield, who served as head of the Conservative movement’s activities in the Greater New York area, and previously as the region’s youth director, for 35 years, left USCJ two years ago as part of an investigation into possible financial improprieties at the organization.

Aaron Listhaus to Head Hebrew Charter School Incubator

12/14/2010

(JTA) — Aaron Listhaus, the chief academic officer for New York City’s Office of Charter Schools, will take over as the head of the Hebrew Charter School Center.

Listhaus, who has spent a year-and-a half helping to oversee nearly 70 authorized charter schools in New York City, will assume his new post in January.

‘Tis The Seasons

12/14/2010

She’s a professional photographer, an exercise and dance instructor, and she even DJs at bat mitzvah parties.

Danielle Jacobs, a Cedarhurst, L.I.-based mom of two, can now add a new credential to the mix: that of branding expert.

Danielle Jacobs, with family.

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
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