New York

Ramaz Clarifies Advice On Concealing Kipas

Confusion comes in wake of Upper East Side attack.

09/02/2014
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When Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, the principal of Ramaz, an Orthodox day school on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, first heard about last week’s attack in the neighborhood on a Jewish couple by a mob bearing Palestinian flags, he had an instinctual response. Maybe the male students at his school should consider wearing baseball caps over their yarmulkes when wandering around the neighborhood, he thought.

CUNY Film Professor’s Unlikely Script

Returns to a changed Poland for rare doctorate in directing from Lodz film school.

09/02/2014
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Like the estimated 20,000 Polish Jews who became former Polish Jews during a two-year period of state-sponsored anti-Semitism that began in the spring of 1968, Andrzej Krakowski lost his citizenship, his home and any prospect of growing old in the land where he had grown up.

A Polish Jew who lost his citizenship in 1968, Andrzej Krakowski he found success in cinema in the United States. Getty Images

Shoes By Jews: New Boost for Jewish Men

The newly launched company offers Men of the Tribe a few extra inches.

09/02/2014
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Are shoe lifts the new toupees?

Shawn Michael, 33, founder of the company Shoes by Jews, thinks so. It all began when the he and a couple of friends walked into a bar several years ago.

Shawn Michael, founder of Shoes By Jews, a shoe company intended to give Jewish men a height boost. Courtesy of ShoesByJews

Israel Security Still Concern For U.S. Universities

Even as cease-fire takes hold, colleges continue to suspend fall study-abroad programs.

09/02/2014
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At the height of the Gaza conflict this summer, several U.S. colleges evacuated students from the region, citing safety concerns and the Federal Aviation Administration’s temporary suspension of U.S. flights to Israel. Now, as the academic year kicks off, many university study abroad programs remain suspended, despite the open-ended cease-fire agreement that took hold last week.

Frankel’s Style At Met Council Rankled Some Agency Heads

No-nonsnse approach of scandal-plagued poverty group's head rubbed some the wrong way.

08/27/2014
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As speculation continues on who might replace David Frankel as head of the scandal-plagued Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, more information has come to light about his year as CEO.

David Frankel, who was hired a year ago to restore credibility to the scandal-tarred Met Council, is stepping down.

Buddy, Can You Spare Some Socks?

Informal charity going to IDF poses ethical problems and facilitates scams, critics say.

08/27/2014
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Yoni, while serving in Gaza, was assigned to the unit preparing soldiers for burial. The Israel Defense Forces didn’t issue bullet-proof vests to that unit but Yoni wanted one, even if he had to buy it himself. He asked friends in the Baltimore yeshiva community to help him with the cost — $1,534 — and they did. Oh, and there were 79 others in Yoni’s unit who wanted one, too. Within days, Jews from Baltimore raised $122,720 for 80 bullet-proof vests.

Masada Comes To Jazz Holy Ground

Downtown Jewish music guru John Zorn to play first-ever gig at Village Vanguard.

08/27/2014
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The Village Vanguard is one of the half-dozen most important jazz clubs in the world, a venue that every musician wants on his résumé and one that can launch a career. As John Zorn wrote in a recent e-mail, “It is one of the best rooms in the city for music, with a really heavy history.”

John Zorn: New home for his Radical Jewish Music. Wikimedia Commons

Long-serving YU Prof Succumbs At 104

Rabbi Gerson Yankelewitz remembered as ‘true giant’; studied with fabled leaders of old world Jewry.

08/26/2014
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Meir Goodman, a sophomore at Yeshiva University last year, took part every weekday in an elective one-on-one chavruta study session about the Talmud’s Shabbos tractate. He and his partner would sit across from each other at a desk in a small office for an hour, their Gemaras open in front of them.

Rabbi Gershon Yankelewitz continued his daily teaching schedule through the spring semester. Courtesy of YU

Met Council’s New CEO To Step Down

08/21/2014
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The CEO of the scandal-tarred Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty is planning to step down.

David Frankel, who took the helm of the New York group in the wake of revelations that the organization’s prior leadership had stolen more than $1 million, will resign from his position as CEO before the end of this year, according to a report by the Forward newspaper.

Man Wrongly Convicted Of NY Rabbi’s Murder Receives $10 million Settlement

08/20/2014
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A man who was wrongly convicted of the 1994 murder of a New York City rabbi and spent 16 years in prison received a $10 million settlement from the city.

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