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‘Ace’ Greenberg’s Presence Felt At UJA-Fed. Campaign Launch

An icon of Jewish philanthropy was remembered, and a record $48 million raised.

11/04/2014
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For more than 25 years, the UJA-Federation of New York’s launch of its fundraising season was so closely associated with the man who hosted it that the annual soiree of top-tier donors became known as the “Greenberg event.” 

This year’s gathering was the first since Alan “Ace” Greenberg died last summer at the age of 86. But the longtime UJA-Federation volunteer and Bear Stearns chairman was a strong presence at last week’s event, where the charity noted the creation of the Alan C. Greenberg Young Leadership Award in his honor.

UJA Fed. of N.Y. President Alisa Doctoroff honors Ace Greenberg at last week's event. Courtesy of UJA Federation of N.Y.

Israeli Americans, Newly Confident

Inaugural conference of Israeli-American Council seen as a sign of community’s growth and embrace of wider Jewry.

11/04/2014
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In Brooklyn Heights and on the Upper West Side, Jewish families with young children get together once a week for an hour of music and stories and play time — all in Hebrew. The activities are part of KesheTOT (Keshet is Hebrew for rainbow), a program that began three months ago under the auspices of the Israeli-American Council (IAC).

Members of Israeli-American Council chapter in Los Angeles hold pro-Israel rally. IAC

New Center In Midwood To Promote Diversity

The Bridge is a one-man show for now, but its founder envisions it as belonging to the community.

11/04/2014
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More than one person attending the recent open house at The Bridge, a new center in Midwood, Brooklyn, devoted to promoting diversity, marveled at what they saw that night.

Guests at the recent open house of The Bridge dance the hora as a Caribbean band and a Chasidic singer belt out "Hava Nagila."

Will L.I. Elect The Next Eric Cantor?

With no Jews in the House, Blakeman and Zeldin face uphill battles as Israel emerges as key issue.

10/29/2014
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It’s Israel — not the economy — stupid.

That’s emerging as one of the key mantras in Long Island’s 4th Congressional District race where a Republican Jewish candidate is hoping to win a rare open seat.

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice. Getty Images

Local Rabbis Sweep The Mikvah For Bugs

In wake of ‘peeping rabbi’ scandal, synagogues here ramp up security.

10/28/2014
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Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld, spiritual leader of Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills, received an urgent phone call this week from a young woman in his community.

Mikvahs throughout the area are being checked for recording devices. Wikimedia Commons

The Great Escape

The Soviet Jewry hijacking plot of 1970, soon to be a film.

10/28/2014
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In the Orwellian Soviet Union, the 1970 hijacking of a plane by Soviet Jews was the crime of the century, its masterminds sentenced to death, although the hijacking never happened. It was a time, as Dylan sang, when too much of nothing could make a man abuse a king, sleep on nails or eat fire, and Soviet Jews had too much of nothing, routinely sent into — and lost within — the gulag “archipelago” of icy Siberian labor camps for simply teaching Hebrew or requesting a visa to Israel. And so a handful of Soviet Jews dreamed of hijacking a plane, flying over the Iron Curtain to freedom. They were caught in the airport, in the early morning fog, sentenced to years in the gulag and two were sentenced to death for hijacking — sentenced for dreaming; they never got on a plane.

Director Anat Kuznetzov-Zalmanson, daughter of Edward Kuzentzov and Sylva Zalmanson. Michael Datikash/JW

50 Years Later, Honoring Slain Freedom Fighters

Jewish and black congregants pay tribute to three activists murdered in 1964.

10/28/2014
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You couldn’t blame the passersby for their extended stares and double takes. It must have seemed a strange scene: a black Baptist minister leading a crowd of Jews and a smattering of African Americans in the singing of “We Shall Overcome” on an Upper West Side street corner, yarmulkes flying every which way in the chilly autumn wind. 

At Freedom Place on the Upper West Side, the Rev. Jacques DeGraff memorializes the three slain volunteers. Michael Doppelt

CUNY Grad Students Fail To Advance Israel Academic Boycott Resolution

10/28/2014
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A student group at the City University of New York failed to advance a resolution to boycott Israeli academics and divest from Israeli companies.

Homeland Security Experts To Discuss Key Efforts

On Oct. 29, join Dan Blumberg and Matthew Levitt in conversation about how to protect our world in the digital age.

10/28/2014
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Dan Blumberg, director of the Homeland Security Institute at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, spends much of his time developing ways to safeguard Israel. Emphasizing how new the field of cyber security is, he points out that the term did not even exist a decade ago.

The Voices Of Protest

The JW's video blogger reports live from the 'Klinghoffer' protest.

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