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History Center In The Black

West 16th Street facility is paid off, thanks to $30 million campaign.
01/24/2011 - 19:00
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

01/18/2011 - 19:00

(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

01/10/2011 - 19:00

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

01/10/2011 - 19:00

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

Borough Park Snow Recovery Slow

01/03/2011 - 19:00

Residents of Borough Park were still facing snow removal issues this week from the Dec. 26 blizzard, and an unnamed labor source told the New York Post those problems may be deliberate.

“Borough Park was specifically targeted [because of] … its ability to sort of gin up the p.r. machine,” the paper quoted the source as saying. The lackluster snow removal may have been meant to embarrass Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has heavy political support in Borough Park, because of his budget cuts, the Post said.

Jews Were Top Targets Of Bigots In ‘09

As counties comply with mandatory reporting to Albany, disturbing trend emerges.
01/03/2011 - 19:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Anti-Semitic incidents made up the largest share of New York hate crimes reported in 2009, according to statistics just released by the state’s Division of Criminal Justice Services. The number of incidents involving Jewish victims also rose 15 percent from 219 in 2008 to 254.

Statistics for 2010 have not yet been compiled by the division. The 2009 annual report, required by state law, was issued late because of rigorous fact-checking, a spokesman said.

NYC Synagogue Gets Bomb Threat; Hate Crimes Against Jews Rise

01/01/2011 - 19:00

(JTA) -- A letter threatening to blow up a New York City synagogue was discovered the same day as the release of a state report showing that hate crimes against Jews had risen significantly.

A letter discovered on the evening of Dec. 30 at the Congregation Ohab Zedek on the upper West Side of Manhattan threatened to blow up the synagogue on New Year's Eve, the New York Post reported. The newspaper quoted synagogue rabbi Allen Schwartz as saying that up to a dozen other synagogues received similar letters.

I’ve Got the Outer Borough, Tertiary Street Blues

Or, Why It’s Hard to Make a Minyan in a Snowstorm in Queens
12/29/2010 - 19:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Writing an on-line article is a tricky business.

When you write for a hard copy local newspaper, which the Jewish Week is in the New York area, you are, essentially, writing for a local audience. New Yorkers will catch the regional references that won’t necessarily make sense to people reading my article online in, say, Des Moines, Chicago, or, for that matter, Jerusalem.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Cold Hands, Warm Hearts

12/27/2010 - 19:00

As this week’s blizzard blanketed New York City in snow, Jewish Community Councils and other organizations scrambled to continue providing much-needed services in the hardest-hit neighborhoods, as well as meet emergency needs.

Photos By Getty Images & Alexandar Rapaport

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

12/25/2010 - 19:00

(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.

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