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Orthodox Transgender Activist Speaks Out

Yiscah Smith is promoting her memoir and speaking about building a life as an Orthodox woman.

05/04/2015
Special To The Jewish Week

On a sunny Sunday afternoon in late April, a group of people gathered in a small house in Crown Heights, Brooklyn to listen to Yiscah Sara Smith read excerpts from her memoir.

Yiscah Sara Smith in Jerusalem. Via yiscahsara.com

Jewish Composer And Musician Wife Die In New York House Fire

05/04/2015

A famed British-Jewish composer and his wife were killed in a fire at their home in Yonkers, New York.

As It Grapples With Fiscal Crisis, Yeshiva U. Elects New Board Chairman

05/01/2015

Yeshiva University’s board of trustees elected Moshael Straus as its chairman.

Straus, the CEO of Ascend Capital Group International, will succeed Henry Kressel, whose six years at the helm of the university’s board coincided with a period of financial crisis at the school. Straus has been on the board since 1998 and currently serves as vice chairman.

N.Y. Transit Authority To Ban All Political Advertising

04/30/2015

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority has banned all political advertising on its subways and buses, allowing it to refuse to display an ad about Muslims killing Jews.

Museum of Biblical Art Announces Closure of Museum

The museum looked at Western art through the perspective of the artistic traditions of Judaism and Christianity.

04/29/2015
Staff Writer

The Museum of Biblical Art, an independent cultural institution near Columbus Circle in Manhattan that previously was affiliated with the American Bible Society, will close after its current exhibition of sculptures by Donatello ends on June 14.

Museum Of Biblical Art in New York City. Via mobia.org

Rand Paul Tackles Perceptions In Charedi Brooklyn

Disputes image as isolationist, insensitive to Jews.

04/29/2015
Associate Editor

Does Sen. Rand Paul’s reputation as the candidate most disconnected from Jews have validity, or is it misinformation that precedes him?

Sen. Rand Paul, center, at meeting with Orthodox leaders, spoke warmly about Israel, religious virtues, tuition tax credits.

Orthodox Influx Remaking Marine Park

Opening of second JCC is sign of changing makeup as families priced out of Midwood.

04/29/2015
Staff Writer

When Shalom Gurgov began looking to buy a house 18 months ago, he had hoped to find something close to where he was renting in Borough Park, or perhaps a place in Kensington, where his parents live. But he saw quickly that staying in either neighborhood wasn’t in the cards.

Several kosher eateries have sprung up in Marine Park to serve a growing Orthodox clientele. Michael Datikash/JW

Brooklyn DA To Examine Tampering

Source: Thompson to investigate witness intimidation tied to Lebovits abuse prosecution.

04/29/2015
Special Correspondent

In a move that advocates for sex abuse victims in the Orthodox community have long urged, the Brooklyn district attorney has launched an investigation into witness tampering in connection with a high-profile abuse case, The Jewish Week has learned.

Brooklyn DA Kenneth Thompson. WireImage

Brooklyn DA To Probe Tampering In Abuse Cases

Source: Thompson to investigate witness intimidation tied to high-profile Lebovits prosecution.

04/28/2015
Special Correspondent

In a move that advocates for sex abuse victims in the Orthodox community have long urged, the Brooklyn district attorney has launched an investigation into witness tampering in connection with a high-profile abuse case, The Jewish Week has learned.

Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson

Selling Silence

Bringing a moment of silence to city’s public school students one school at a time.

04/28/2015
Special to The Jewish Week

The teacher turns out the light. The fifth-grade students fold their arms on their shared worktables and cradle their heads. There is no fidgeting or giggling. For exactly 60 seconds all is quiet.

Avraham Frank, in front of P.S. 191 in Crown Heights, talks up value of schools’ daily moment of silence.  Michael Datikash/JW
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