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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

Prime Grill’s Allaham Calls Top Rabbi’s Ruling ‘Absurd’

Restaurateur balks at $1.4 million decision in favor of Lincoln Square Synagogue.

08/03/2016 - 15:23
Staff Writer

Noted restaurateur Joey Allaham claimed in a court filing last week that Rabbi Hershel Schachter’s June ruling against him and in favor of Lincoln Square Synagogue was “absurd and irrational.”

Rabbi Hershel Schachter photo courtesy of YU; Joey Allaham photo by John Uher Photography

NYC Cab Fight: Israelis Take On Uber

Tel Aviv-based taxi app, Gett, is attacking Uber in a series of provocative NYC subway ads.

08/03/2016 - 13:03
Editorial Intern

Gett a load of this.

A team of Israelis entrepreneurs behind a Tel Aviv startup is attacking Uber, a $63 billion international company with over 3,000 employees, in a very public way. That takes some serious chutzpah.

Gett's CEO Shahar Waiser addresses a press conference in Berlin on June 1, 2016. JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images

Cornelia Street Marks Israeli Jazz Presence

08/03/2016 - 09:06

In 2009, when Israeli-born saxophonist-clarinetist Anat Cohen led a group at The Village Vanguard, the jazz world’s most prestigious club, she made history: the first Israeli to headline a gig at the hallowed (and career-launching) jazz room.

Festival curator Or Bareket: Music as “an anchor.”

Planting Seeds Of Engagement With Millennials

Moving beyond blue boxes and tree planting, JNF strives to recreate itself for the ‘next-gen.’

08/02/2016 - 17:22
Staff Writer

As a child, Lauren Kaufman-Bergmann, a political fundraiser in Washington, D.C., would bring her spare change to school to put in the iconic blue tzedakah boxes disseminated by the Jewish National Fund, a nonprofit founded in 1901 to fuel Theodor Herzl’s vision of a Jewish state in then-Ottoman-controlled Palestine.

JNFuture members at the Aleh Negev Rehabilitative Village in the Negev. Courtesy of JNF
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