New York

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

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.

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