New York

As Crown Heights Changes, A Jewish Landscape Diversifies

Hipsters, Modern Orthodox transplants and a growing progressive wing within Chabad are redefining both sides of Eastern Parkway.

08/15/2016 - 15:19
Deputy Managing Editor

When Aimee Rubensteen was growing up in a Modern Orthodox community in Broward County, Fla., she never thought that one day she’d be living in Crown Heights.

“I knew of Crown Heights as the Lubavitch center of the world, and to be frank, I have family members in the Chabad community who have no idea why I live here. They’re very confused,” she said.

But now, at the age of 26, the neighborhood represents something altogether different to her: Jewish diversity.

Ben Kramarz at the kosher cafe Manhattanville, started Brooklyn Beit Midrash for egalitarian Torah learning. Amy Sara Clark/JW

Fyvush Finkel, Veteran Actor With Roots In Yiddish Theater, Dies At 93

08/15/2016 - 13:52

(JTA) — Fyvush Finkel, an Emmy Award-winning actor who began his career performing in the Yiddish theater, has died at 93.

Fyvush Finkel. Wikimedia Commons

How A Jewish Dwarf From NJ Became The First Celebrity Photobomber

New biography, "The Little Gate Crasher," brings Mace Bugen's audacious stories to life.

08/15/2016 - 12:07
Editorial Intern

Before snapchat and selfie sticks made celebrity photobombing a cultural phenomenon there was Mace Bugen.

Snapshots from the new biography, "The Little Gate Crasher," on Mace Bugen's life. Courtesy of Gabbrielle Kaplan-Mayer

Attacks Outside 2 NY Rabbis’ Homes Seen As ‘Coordinated’

08/11/2016 - 13:37

Incendiary devices were detonated in front of the homes of two rabbis in suburban New York’s Rockland County in what one of the victims called a “premeditated hate crime.”

According to reports, at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, a device exploded in New City under a car parked outside the home of Rabbi Simcha Morganstern, an associate rabbi at the Chabad of Rockland.

Fred ‘The Furrier’ Schwartz, Driver Of Auschwitz Shul Restoration, Dies At 83

08/11/2016 - 10:40

(JTA) — Fred Schwartz, a New York-area philanthropist and businessman who marketed affordable mink, sable and fox under the name “Fred the Furrier,” has died at 83.

Jared Kushner’s Sometime Business Partner Posts Anti-Trump Message

08/11/2016 - 10:36

(JTA) — Jared Kushner’s sometime partner in real estate has erected a billboard at a Manhattan construction site with a message many see as a political dig at Kushner’s father-in-law, Donald Trump.

Developer Aby Rosen’s Instagram features a photo of a billboard at one of his Lower Manhattan building sites. (JTA)

Financial Woes For Riverdale Congregation

08/09/2016 - 21:47
Editor and Publisher

The Riverdale Jewish Center, the Modern Orthodox synagogue that recently parted ways with Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt over his unusual behavior with young men, is in financial crisis.

Riverdale Jewish Center’s “operating account is completely depleted,” according to the synagogue. JTA

NYU Prof Spurs Fresh Debate Over ‘Distancing’

Do historians’ views about Zionism and U.S. Jews point to a larger trend?

08/09/2016 - 21:31
Staff Writer

In a provocative opinion piece in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz last week, noted American Jewish historian Hasia Diner vented her rage against Israel for its policies towards Palestinians, saying she “abhor[s] visiting” Israel, refuses to donate money to it or buy its products.

New York University students lay down to form a peace symbol on the floor of the NYU library in 2003. Getty Images

Raising Christian Money For Jewish Causes, A Star Rabbi Earns Praise And Scorn

08/09/2016 - 12:01

PARIS (JTA) — The summer drizzle that soaked the French capital did little to dampen Yechiel Eckstein’s enthusiasm as he arrived recently with his wife Joelle at the city’s Great Synagogue for a private tour.

Rabbis Yechiel Eckstein, left, and Moshe Sebbag at the Grand Synagogue of Paris, June 27, 2016. (JTA)

Long Island Table Tennis Prodigy Wins Pair Of Titles At AAU Junior Olympics

Gold Medals For Estee - in Houston

08/09/2016 - 11:33
Staff Writer

Estee Ackerman, a Sabbath-observant table tennis player from Long Island who failed to qualify for this summer’s Olympic Games in Brazil, came home this week with two gold medal from another prestigious competition.

Estee Ackerman won a pair of titles at the AAU Junior Olympics. Youtube
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