New York

New York State Cutting Last Kosher Inspectors

11/21/2010

(JTA) -- New York is about to lose its last two state kosher inspectors.

The state's Department of Agriculture and Markets will eliminate the jobs as part of a statewide effort to achieve $250 million in work force savings, according to the Times Union in Albany. The department once had 11 kosher inspectors.

Explaining its decision to lay off the final two inspectors, the department told reporters that the jobs have become obsolete since a 2004 change in the state’s kosher law prevented state inspectors from enforcing Orthodox standards of kashrut.

The Piece of New York Jewish History We Forget: 1654

With all due respect to the Eldridge Street Synagogue, whose magnificent stained glass window by Kiki Smith is all the talk of town, the shul gets too much attention.  It is one of the oldest surviving synagogues in Manhattan, dating to 1887, but its congregation is decidedly not.

Bishop-Altschuler Race Remains Deadlocked

11/15/2010
Staff Writer

The close race in the First Congressional District on Long Island’s East End may begin to become clearer Tuesday when the Suffolk County Board of Elections begins counting the approximately 11,000 absentee and affidavit ballots.

Incumbent Democrat Tim Bishop had initially been reported ahead of Republican challenger Randy Altschuler by 3,461 votes.

But after a miscount was discovered, Altschuler took the lead by nearly 400 votes. Should he retain that lead, Altschuler would become only the second Jewish Republican in the House.

New Name, New Look For Ed Agency

11/09/2010

What’s in a name?

Until last week, the name for New York’s central Jewish education agency was a hyphenated jumble of letters and syllables inherited from its newly married parents: BJENY-SAJES.

But the $12 million group just unveiled a shorter, sleeker new identity: The Jewish Education Project.

“We wanted to describe what we’re doing and not who we are,” said the group’s executive vice president, Deborah Friedman. “This says clearly we’re about Jewish education.”

The new logo for The Jewish Education Project, formerly BJENY-SAJES.

The Jewish Week Interviews Attorney General-Elect Eric Schneiderman

State Sen. Eric Schneiderman discusses his campaign for attorney general, school vouchers, Albany scandals, Al Sharpton and more in an interview with The Jewish Week's Adam Dickt

Second Jewish Republican In The House?

Randy Altschuler is trailing in the polls but fickle Suffolk district ‘is a very volatile seat.’

10/19/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

It’s hard to imagine a congressional district where party affiliation has as little value as New York’s 1st CD in Suffolk County.

Republican Randy Altschuler, left, faces Democrat incumbent Tim Bishop in  a district where voters seem to have no strong party

Hevesi Pleads Guilty To Corruption

10/08/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

Alan Hevesi, the grandson of a chief rabbi of Budapest and a leader in the fight to recover assets of Holocaust survivors and gain restitution from Germany and Switzerland, pleaded guilty to a second-degree corruption charge in Manhattan on Thursday.

Westchester’s ‘White Supremacist’ Candidate

ADL says Internet is empowering racist politicians like Jim Russell, Rep. Nita Lowey’s Republican challenger.

09/28/2010
Staff Writer

His own party leaders are repudiating the Republican candidate seeking to unseat 11-term incumbent Rep. Nita Lowey in Westchester, and the Anti-Defamation League is calling him a “white supremacist with anti-Semitic overtones.”

Jim Russell, Rep. Nita Lowey’s Republican challenger.

Groups Set Boycott Of Israeli Troupe In N.Y.

09/21/2010

(JTA) — Two New York-based groups have organized a boycott of performances by Israel’s national dance company.

Sharia paranoia and religious accommodations for Jews

Here's another thing I don't understand about Jews who oppose the proposed Islamic center near Ground Zero in Manhattan: aren't they concerned about the impact of this debate, and a rising paranoia about efforts to impose Sharia law on a hapless America that has fed off the mosque controversy, on the religious accommodations that so many observant Jews feel are critical to their own lives in America? (For a good analysis of the Sharia issue, check out this

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