New York

NY Area, Home To Largest Share of North American Jews, Took Harsh Hit From Sandy

10/31/2012

Less than a year into her job at North Shore Synagogue in Syosset, N.Y., Rabbi Debbie Bravo sounded remarkably poised as she and her community face one of their most powerful challenges together: Hurricane Sandy.

Bravo’s land line was dead. When she picked up her cell phone Tuesday, she had just returned from the local police station.

“I have a child who takes medication that has to be refrigerated,” she said calmly.

Finkelstein Seen As Moderate On Far-Left Panel

New School talk with Anna Baltzer finds him blasting BDS movement.

10/10/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Has Norman Finkelstein, long reviled in the Jewish community as a vitriolic hater of the Jewish state, morphed into a defender of Israel’s legitimacy? And what does Finkelstein’s newfound “moderation” say about the current state of the anti-Israel left, exemplified by the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement?

Anna Baltzer, left, rebutted argument from Norman Finkelstein that BDS movement should recognize Israel’s right to exist.

NYPD's Iran Warning, Again

10/10/2012
Assistant Managing Editor

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly's comments at an anti-terrorism conference about the possibility of an Iran-backed incident targeting the city's Jews got some media play today.

But it's nothing terribly new.

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly

Pro-Muslim Subway Ads Going Up Monday

Rabbis' group says campaign counters anti-jihad ads

10/05/2012
Staff Writer

Rabbis for Human Rights -- North America is taking out subway ads urging riders to "choose love" in what the Jewish group's director calls a response to the anti-jihad advertisements placed in subway stations by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, the group led by conservative blogger Pamela Geller.

Write-In Voters Give Felder Conservative Ballot in 'Super Jewish' Race

10/04/2012
Assistant Managing Editor

Deputy City Comptroller Simcha Felder has won the Conservative Party ballot line in his bid for the 17th District "super Jewish" state Senate seat in Brooklyn, according to results certified Oct. 2 by the state Board of Elections.

Simcha Felder

My Dinner With Ahmadinejad

Listening skeptically as the Iranian leader courts American students.

10/03/2012

We could have been in Tehran.

Men in dark suits and earpieces stood outside the doors of the hotel, keeping watch for protesters and anybody else who didn’t belong. Inside, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad prepared to meet a group of university students.

Except this was New York City, and I was one of those students.

Before he spoke at the UN, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told students he’s in favor of “showing kindness to one another.” getty images

Don't Throw Out That Sukkah! This 'Shadchan' Will Find It A New Home

Hundreds of sukkah-seekers save money and fulfill holiday mitzvah through Flatbush family's efforts.

09/30/2012
Assistant Managing Editor/Online Editor

When Avi Weiss was a kid growing up in a Williamsburg apartment, he and his family were guests in other people’s sukkahs, but never had their own.

That changed when he bought his own house in Flatbush as an adult in 1977.

A few years after buying his first sukkah, Weiss and his family felt the need to upgrade as prefabricated offerings increased, and bought a larger, sturdier model. But given his reverence for the traditional hut, he was reluctant to simply toss it to the curb.

Avi Weiss and his grandson, Aron Lowenthal, in the Weiss family sukkah.

Route 17: Season Of Yizkor

The portal opens as quick as a dream.

09/25/2012
Associate Editor

This is the season of memory, of Yizkor. The memorial prayer for loved ones is recited four times in a year, two of them in these days between Yom Kippur and Shemini Atzeret.

Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach: Yizkor’s brevity reflects the brief connection between This World and the Next.

MTA Posts Anti-Jihad Ads At 10 Subway Stations

09/25/2012

An advertisement that reads "Support Israel. Defeat Jihad" went on display in 10 New York City subway stations.

The ads, which also read “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man," were posted Monday in accordance with a U.S. District Court ruling in July that ordered the city's Metropolitan Transportation Authority to run the ads. The MTA had argued that the ad violates its policy against demeaning language.

UJA-Federation Brings Russians Further Into Fold

Russian-Jewish group first to join Federation's network since 1995.

09/24/2012
Staff Writer

For the first time in almost 20 years, the UJA-Federation of New York brought a new agency into its network on Thursday: COJECO, the Council of Jewish Émigré Community Organizations, which is the central coordinating body of New York’s Russian Jewish community, said Roberta Leiner, senior vice president of agency relations at the Federation.

Families that gathered at a COJECO retreat earlier this summer. Photo Courtesy of COJECO
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