New York

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.

Directions December 2010

A New York Romance: Jewish Singles Today, Loving and Longing. Single rabbis looking for love; best first-date spots; to be young, gifted, Orthodox -- and divorced.

Staff Writer
12/07/2010
Directions December 2010

Judge Kimba Wood Grants ‘Writ Of Simcha’

11/30/2010

(JTA) — Federal Judge Kimba Wood agreed to recess a fraud trial so that the Orthodox Jewish defense attorney could attend his grandson's brit.

Wood, in Manhattan District Court, ordered the recess of the trial Monday after learning of the birth of Bennett Epstein's grandson. Epstein had filed a motion last month asking for a "writ of possible simcha" in order to attend a brit in Philadelphia if his daughter gave birth to a boy.

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
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