New York

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 The money was then withdrawn in cash, according to the newspaper.

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.
12/20/2010 - 19:00
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

12/13/2010 - 19:00

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

12/13/2010 - 19:00

(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

12/13/2010 - 19:00

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.
12/13/2010 - 19:00
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.
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