New York

Jerry Springer Compares The Current Election Season To His Show

03/16/2016 - 12:28

Jerry Springer compared the behavior of the presidential candidates in this election season to the atmosphere on his famously boisterous talk show.

 Jerry Springer Compares 2016 To His Talk Show on MSNBC. JTA

‘Prime’ Battle Over Kosher Practices

Powerful communal and commercial interests collide in the case of Prime Grill’s Joey Allaham v. Lincoln Square Synagogue.

03/16/2016 - 08:47
Staff Writer

A significant trial is set to begin this week in a religious court here pitting a leading kosher restaurant entrepreneur, Joey Allaham of Prime Grill fame, against a venerable Modern Orthodox synagogue, Lincoln Square Synagogue, from Manhattan’s West Side.

Joey Allaham: Transformed world of kosher cuisine. Courtesy of John Uher Photography

City To Get New Center For Anti-Semitism

03/15/2016 - 18:12

Sometime in the next few years, the third floor of the Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in Battery Park City, which focuses on Israel and other post-Shoah facets of Jewish life, will include artifacts on such unsavory topics as the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the Leo Frank lynching, and the Alfred Dreyfus trial.

Abraham Foxman: Will direct new anti-Semitism study center at the Museum of Jewish Heritage.

Hillel International Courts Young Techies

03/15/2016 - 18:11

Talented young tech professionals rarely find their calling in the world of Jewish philanthropy.

But Hillel International, the worldwide network of college-based Jewish organizations, is bent on changing that.

Hillel’s Mimi Kravetz: “We need to stay relevant to a new generation of Jews.”

Like Speed Dating, But With Torah

‘Six-Minute Rabbi’ brings serious, albeit abbreviated, learning to those who can’t get out of the office.

03/15/2016 - 17:32
Staff Writer

Rabbi Hanoch Hecht’s six minutes of Torah in Manhattan one recent day lasted seven and a half hours.

Rabbi Hanoch Hecht, who lives in upstate Dutchess County, bikes around Manhattan during his daylong jaunts. MICHAEL DATIKASH/JW

Westhampton Beach Eruv To Stand

Last East End municipality drops its fight.

03/15/2016 - 17:30
Staff Writer

The Village of Quogue gave up its battle this week against the erection of an eruv or religious boundary to accommodate congregants of The Hampton Synagogue in Westhampton Beach, L.I.

The village was the last of three municipalities to oppose the eruv, which was first proposed in 2008 and triggered court battles with each of them. The eruv consists of lechis, wooden or plastic strips affixed to telephone and utility poles to form a boundary within which observant Jews may push baby carriages and carry items on Shabbat.

An eruv is strung over telephone poles. Wikimedia Commons

Deal Set For Riverdale Rabbi

Shul to vote on $2 million retirement package for embattled Jonathan Rosenblatt.

03/15/2016 - 17:27
Editor and Publisher

The Riverdale Jewish Center board and its embattled Rabbi, Jonathan Rosenblatt, have reached an agreement about his departure from the synagogue he has served more than 30 years.

Embattled Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt.

On Israel Apartheid Week, Some Pro-Israel Students Find Silence Is Best Response

03/15/2016 - 13:01

When Israel Apartheid Week came to Columbia University in early March, there was potential for great agitation at the heavily Jewish campus.

Anti-Israel students at Columbia University erected a mock “apartheid wall” in front of the iconic Low Library steps. JTA

These Orthodox Jews Use Karate To Defend The Faith

03/14/2016 - 11:18

On a recent Sunday evening at a Jewish center in Brooklyn’s Midwood section, dozens of boys and men — ages 5 to 40-something — practice their kicks, strikes and jabs. They are clad in the usual all-white uniform, tied at their middles with cloth belts — mostly white, but some yellows and greens, too.

Mordechai Genut, founder of Frum Karate, instructing some beginners’ students. JTA

Westhampton Beach Eruv To Stand

Last East End municipality drops its fight over halachic boundary.

03/11/2016 - 10:28
Staff Writer

The Village of Quogue dropped its fight this week against the erection of an eruv or religious boundary to accommodate congregants of The Hampton Synagogue in Westhampton Beach, L.I.

An eruv is strung across phone lines to create a halachic boundary.
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