New York

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

Anti-Terror Grants Include 25 City Shuls

Jewish institutions get 94 percent
of state Homeland Security money; ‘Kill the Jews’
cabbie charged with hate crime.

07/20/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

The Department of Homeland Security has announced that it will dole out more than $6 million in New York State to improve security at potential civilian terrorist targets, an increase of 40 percent over last year.

About 94 percent of the money will go to Jewish institutions here, around the same percentage of the national total of $19 million, said David Pollock, associate executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, who helped local Jewish agencies submit the grant applications.

The Riverdale Temple.

Beyond Shehecheyanu: Innovative Firsts that Deserve to be Observed

07/20/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

There's a first for everything, and every first deserves something - but what?

Most New York Jews probably don't remember their first visit to South Florida, aka the "sixth borough". However, no matter how many times my family heads to South Florida to visit my parents, my twins Jacob and Sophie find some new "first" to delight in.

CLIP: Leading Young Jews Into the Professional World

07/19/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

As an incoming sophomore at Brandeis University, an editor for a campus newspaper, a prospective business, psychology, undecided major and an active Jewish student on campus, my professional, extracurricular and Jewish worlds rarely overlap. But this summer, as one of 41 Jewish college students in the Collegiate Leadership Internship Program (CLIP), I am challenging myself to ask, “Why not?”

Robyn Spector

The Jewish Week Interviews Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Rick Lazio

Part 1: Jewish Week assistant managing editor Adam Dickter interviews former Rep. Rick Lazio

Career Paths Take A Detour To Israel

Three young New Yorkers with solid jobs make the leap to Jewish state.

07/14/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

 Note: In the third installment of “Aliyah Journal,” we report on three New Yorkers — one married couple and one single woman — who are leaving successful careers to start over in Israel.

 She worked in Mayor Bloomberg’s office. He was a New York City cop.

Their lives couldn’t be more “New York” — until the Serkins decided to fulfill their dream of making aliyah.

 Tracey Goldstein,  shut down her own event planning company to move to Israel.
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