New York

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

COJOs Hard Hit Without Earmarks

Governor’s veto of member-items costing agencies millions.

08/25/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

 Lately, when clients show up on Fridays at the Council of Jewish Organizations of Flatbush for help with social services, they are asked to come back on Monday.

“We’re running with a skeleton crew,” said the agency’s director, Rabbi Yechezkel Pikus. “There’s no one around to help them [on those days].”

RLUIPA, religious freedom and the New York Islamic center

It's pretty interesting how some of the Jewish groups that have been so hot over the years to prevent local governments from impinging on the right of Jews to build synagogues without government interference are now silent in the face of the effort to block the “ground zero” mosque in lower Manhattan.

Comfort And Discomfort, A Month Of Contrasts

08/17/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

Two very different events marked the month of July for Jews in New York this summer. The first was the performance of “The Merchant of Venice” at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, and now headed for Broadway. The second was Chelsea Clinton’s wedding to Marc Mezvinsky in upstate Rhinebeck. I wasn’t at the second (alas!), but I did attend the first.

Interview with Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer

Adam Dickter speaks to the borough president about the Ground Zero Mosque, the city charter revision, his upcoming marriage, political future and more. Filmed and edited by David Leshaw.

Fallout Continues Over Ground Zero Mosque

TV host returns award to ADL; Wiesenthal Center rabbi says Islamic center's location is "insensitive" as plans move forward.

08/10/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

 

The Anti-Defamation League continued to weather harsh public reaction to its position against the Islamic cultural center to be built near the site of the 9/11 attack this week.

CNN host and Newsweek columnist Fareed Zakaria, citing the group's mosque position returned the Hubert H. Humphrey First Amendment Freedoms Prize that was bestowed on him by the ADL in 2005, along with the $10,000 prize, saying “I cannot in good conscience hold onto the award or the honorarium that came with it and am returning both.”

Cash back: CNN’s Fareed Zakaria shocked the ADL by returning a $10,000 award over the Ground Zero mosque controversy.

Kosher Waffles On Wheels

08/10/2010
Editorial Intern

If you’ve had enough of kosher Chinese food or shwarma, there’s a new option for lunch: waffles. 

A new food truck, Quick Stop Kosher, is traveling around Manhattan offering kosher-certified sandwiches, omelets, sushi, blintzes and waffles. This week the truck is parked on 33rd Street and Ninth Avenue, outside the Jewish-owned B&H Photo. 

Kosher to go: A new waffle truck joins the growing food truck trend.

New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli

Democrat Tom DiNapoli, running for his first elected term as New York State Comptroller, talks to host Adam Dickter about the state budget, the attorney general's investigation of his office, investment in Israel, divestment from companies that do business with Iran and the ground zero mosque.

Chulent To Go?

Booted from its upstairs room at the Millinery Synagogue, this alternative community of Orthodox dropouts
is in search of a new home base.

07/27/2010
Special to The Jewish Week

For more than a decade the semi-underground haven known as Chulent has served as the second home for young dropouts from New York’s fervently Orthodox communities.

Now, ironically, Chulent itself is homeless.

Chulent regular and fashion designer Levi Okunov, right, with guitar at the Millinery Synagogue. Sol Aramendi
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