New York

‘Sacred Sites’ Keeps Shuls Alive

Conservancy helps maintenance, restoration.

05/10/2016 - 18:02
Associate Editor

For a religion, any religion, the intangibles of the spirit would seem to be paramount, even portable. And yet 2,000 years after the destruction of the Temple, Jews mourn it still. More than 30 years after almost every Jew moved away, Jews on their way to Yankee Stadium drive down the Grand Concourse and observe an internal Yizkor at the sight of Jewish Stars in stained glass or stone, fronting buildings that are now churches, or chain pharmacies. Kristallnacht, “the night of broken glass,” the Nazis’ nationwide pogrom in 1938, induced shivers as much for what it targeted as for what it foretold.

Park East Synagogue in Manhattan was designated a landmark in 1980 as a way to fend off developers.

‘He Held Up The Flame Of Rebirth And Renewal’

Remembering Holocaust survivor and community pillar Ernie Michel.

05/10/2016 - 13:10
Staff Writer

During the early months of the Nuremberg Trials, the Allied tribunal that prosecuted the top Nazi officials accused of complicity in war crimes, the reading material for the imprisoned Nazis was limited to one newspaper.

Auschwitz survivor Ernest Michel dedicated his life to rebuilding Jewish life. Courtesy of UJA-Federation of New York

Bus Set Ablaze In Front Of Crown Heights Jewish Girls’ School

05/09/2016 - 13:27

An 11-year-old boy was charged Monday with setting fire to a school bus outside a Jewish school in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn.

Crown Heights Yeshiva bus set ablaze in a suspected Arson. JTA

Welcome To The Synagogue-Condo

If you lived here, you could be praying by now: Where New York real estate meets financially strapped congregations.

05/09/2016 - 10:25

If there’s one story that sums up the changes afoot on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, a once heavily Jewish neighborhood, it’s the saga surrounding the Anshei Meseritz synagogue.

The penthouse at 415 E. Sixth St., which will sit atop the historic Anshei Meseritz synagogue. JTA

Jewish High Schoolers Picket Polish Consulate In NY To Protest ‘Holocaust Whitewash’

05/06/2016 - 10:04

Some 200 demonstrators outside the Polish consulate in New York protested what they termed “attempts to deny Polish war crimes during the Holocaust.”

Jewish high school dean Rabbi Zev Friedman, with bullhorn, and his students protesting outside the Polish consulate in NY. JTA

Sheldon Silver Sentenced To 12 Years

Judge calls former Assembly speaker 'one of the most corrupt elected officials in the history of NY.'

05/04/2016 - 10:42

Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison on corruption charges.

Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver arriving at the courthouse in New York, Nov. 24, 2015. JTA

Rabbis To College Students: Lean On Us

05/04/2016 - 09:37
Staff Writer

For nearly three years, a Long Island rabbi has received calls from parents of college students asking what they could do about the BDS movement on their child’s campuses.

BDS activity on college campuses spurs new outreach project. Hannah Dreyfus/JW

Can Modern Orthodoxy Be The New Center?

A repositioned movement can be critical to the future of American Jewry, a leader argues.

05/04/2016 - 09:12
Special To The Jewish Week

The Pew Report on American Jewry has left the widespread impression that the liberal religious denominations are in trouble while Orthodox Judaism is thriving. Upon analysis, however, the Orthodox picture is more complicated. The charedi, or ultra wing of Orthodoxy, has surged in the past half-century while Modern Orthodoxy has had a near-death experience. Today there is a revival of the progressive wing of Orthodoxy but it is under fire from traditionalists. I believe the entire Jewish community has a major stake in the outcome and should get involved to assure a positive result.

Greenberg: New organization will be test of staying power.

Jews Of Color Cite Racism In Community

Largest-ever such conference convenes amid national conversation about Black Lives Matter movement, societal barriers.

05/04/2016 - 08:50
Staff Writer

As calls for criminal justice reform continue to spark national debate, the largest-ever gathering of Jews of color convened this week in New York City to discuss matters of racial justice inside and outside the Jewish community.

A session at this week’s Jews of Color conference in Chelsea. Desmond Reich

$40M Lawsuit Over Bank’s Nazi-Themed Training Video

Orthodox man sues after being forced to watch Hitler ‘Downfall’ parody at company training.

05/04/2016 - 08:25
Staff Writer

One of the world’s largest banks, BNP Paribas, has settled a $40 million lawsuit brought by an Orthodox former employee who was fired from his senior position after he complained about having to sit through two screenings of a training film that depicted Hitler and other Nazi imagery to boost morale.

Jean Marc Orlando, center, flanked by his attorneys, Jonathan Sack, left, and Eric Stern.Jean Marc Orlando
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