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Report: Stark DNA Found In Kidnap Van

01/30/2014
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Traces of DNA of Brooklyn real estate developer Menachem Stark was found in a van seized by police in the investigation of his kidnapping and murder.

Liberal Jews Criticize Mayor's Comments To AIPAC

Supporting 'hard-line' lobby not part of job description, say boldfaced names in arts, philanthropy, academia, rabbinate.

01/29/2014
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Mayor Bill de Blasio's recent address to AIPAC has riled up a group of prominent Jewish liberals who feel it was wrong for him to roll out a proverbial red carpet at City Hall for the pro-Israel lobby group.

In an open letter to the mayor, which was emailed to The Jewish Week on Wednesday, the group took exception to de Blasio's remarks at the Jan. 24 Manhattan gala, which were meant to be limited to the dinner audience.

Feminist icon Gloria Steinem is one of the critical letter's signatories. Getty Images

A Different Spin On Israeli Society

‘Centrifuge’ show, panel discussion shine light on marginalized populations.

01/29/2014
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With negotiations to curtail Iran’s nuclear ambitions going on in Geneva, talk of centrifuges, which are used to enrich uranium, is plentiful these days.

Anisa Ashkar, an Israeli-Arab from Jerusalem, paints her face with Arabic letters, an outward show of her identity. Artis

City Council Set To Overhaul Neighborhood-Grant System

New speaker wants to reform the controversial member-item process.

01/29/2014
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High on the agenda of the new City Council and Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is reform of the member-item funding process for neighborhood-based nonprofit organizations. Sources say that Council members have made clear to both the speaker and Mayor Bill de Blasio that they won’t support eliminating the grants, known as member items, which allow them to curry favor with their constituents’ movers and shakers.

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is said to be looking for ways to keep member-item cash flowing. Getty Images

Justice Dept. Boosts Anti-Semitism Case Against Pine Bush Schools

Principals’ efforts to stop bullying were ineffective, says U.S. attorney in brief rejecting dismissal of lawsuit.

01/29/2014
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A lawsuit charging that an upstate New York school district failed to respond adequately to years of pervasive anti-Semitic bullying gained some heavy support last week when federal authorities backed the plaintiff’s case.

Rending Our Garments

An elegy for Loehmann’s, and for all the ‘Back Room’ bargains that were.

01/29/2014
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The closing of Loehmann’s has been a slow affair, giving women time both to lament and to shop. The huge yellow banner that screams “Going Out of Business” at the Upper West Side store will be up until March, unless every last steal of a cocktail dress, Italian handbag and cashmere sweater is gone before then.

Final sale: The Loehmann’s at Broadway and West 76th. Michael Datikash

UJA-Fed.’s New Exec Calls For Broader ‘Kehillah’

Exclusive interview: Eric Goldstein says he’ll seek inroads in his Modern Orthodox community and others.

01/29/2014
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On July 1, when Eric Goldstein reports to work for the first time on East 59th Street as CEO and executive vice president of UJA-Federation of New York, he will be very familiar with his surroundings.

Goldstein: ‘Alarmed’ at signs of weakening of Jewish identity.

Protest Brings Africans’ Plight In Israel To N.Y.

Rally against newly amended law for asylum seekers in front of Israeli consulate.

01/28/2014
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The Israeli controversy over the country’s treatment of African refugees came to the streets of Manhattan last week.

As part of an international day of protest, about 50 people gathered on Jan. 22, despite a billowing blizzard and frigid temperatures, in front of the Israeli Consulate in Midtown.

Some four dozen protestors rallied across from the Israeli Consulate on behalf of African refugees. Photo courtesy of Orli Santo

Private Schools Get A Subcommittee

What Orthodox councilman’s new legislative body can — and can’t — achieve for day schools.

01/28/2014
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Private schools now have their own City Council subcommittee, chaired by an Orthodox councilman from Midwood.

There’s no doubt Councilman Chaim Deutsch’s subcommittee will give private schools of all stripes more attention at City Hall. What’s not clear to what extent the committee will translate into cold hard cash for the schools.

Midwood Councilman Chaim Deutsch pushed for subcommittee to give children in nonpublic schools more resources. Michael Datikash

Community On The Court

In the inter-denominational Jewish Basketball League, hoop dreams and values come into play.

01/28/2014
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Jeffrey Kapelus was on the verge of stepping away from his intense involvement with the Jewish Basketball League in Westchester about five years ago, when his twin son and daughter were about to age out of the program. That was his intention, until the then-rabbi of his Young Israel of Scarsdale synagogue, the late Rabbi Jacob Rubenstein, took him aside after services one day and said, “You get it. Don’t ever stop doing this.”

Third and fourth-grade boys in action in a recent JBL game. Photo courtesy of Jewish Basketball League
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