New York

Interfaith Couple Weds Aboard Staten Island Ferry

07/20/2016 - 12:08
JTA

While some interfaith couples squabble over whether to have the wedding in a church or synagogue, Bethany Hall and Keith Haskel found an innovative solution: aboard the Staten Island ferry.

Wedding on the Staten Island Ferry.

Vandals Strike Crown Heights Eruv Again

07/20/2016 - 00:30
Editorial Intern

Acts of vandalism against a controversial eruv (ritual enclosure) for the third time in the three weeks since it was erected have escalated hard feelings among observant Jews in several Brooklyn neighborhoods.

The Crown Heights eruv war has pushed into Park Slope. Congregation Kol Israel

Questions Over Motives Of New Charedi School Group

Aimed at improving secular education at yeshivas, or beating back possible government intervention?

07/20/2016 - 00:28
Deputy Managing Editor

One year after the city vowed to investigate claims of subpar secular education at dozens of ultra-Orthodox yeshivas in Brooklyn and Queens, a coalition of yeshiva educators, families and community leaders have formed a coalition to improve yeshivas from within.

Students at Yeshiva Ohr Shraga Veretzky in Midwood. MICHAEL DATIKASH/JW

Lone Soldier From N.J. Laid To Rest

Thousands attend Israeli funeral of Passaic native killed in Golan.

07/19/2016 - 15:04

Thousands of mourners attended the funeral on Monday for a lone soldier from New Jersey who was killed when a grenade exploded in his jeep in the Golan Heights.

Sgt. Shlomo Rindenow, seen here in a photo from Facebook. Facebook via JTA

Critics Still Targeting Wiesel

Did the Nobel laureate have a moral blind spot on Israel?

07/13/2016 - 08:51
Staff Writer

Before Elie Wiesel was a survivor, he was a Jew. His introduction to Yiddishkeit had nothing to do with cuisine, comedy or politics, but the loneliness of exile, a yearning for Zion. He recalled that the first words of the first lullaby he ever heard were “In dem Bais Hamikdash,” in Jerusalem’s Holy Temple, the widowed daughter of Zion sits alone, rocking her “Yidele” to sleep, one day he’ll wander.

Jonathan Mark

UJA-Fed. Taps New Leaders

Jeffrey Schoenfeld and Robert Kapito take over as president and board chair.

07/13/2016 - 08:28
Staff Writer

Jeffrey Schoenfeld and Robert Kapito were elected to three-year terms as president and chairman of the board, respectively, of UJA-Federation of New York at the recent meeting of the organization’s board of directors.

Jeffrey Schoenfeld, left, and Robert Kapito succeed Alisa Doctoroff and Linda Mirels at the charity.

Trump Adviser: Boss ‘Is Not A Racist’

Greenblatt says Trump is ‘against anti-Semitism,’ lashes out at others for criticizing tenor of campaign.

07/12/2016 - 19:12
Staff Writer

Donald Trump is not a bigot or anti-Semite, he genuinely supports Israel, tells it like it is and the public should not always believe what is printed about him.

Greenblatt: "Need to relook at" long-held U.S. policy. Read more at http://www.thejewishweek.com/node/55996/edit#kDSmE9HVmGhPWIW

UJA-Fed. Taps New Leaders

Jeffrey Schoenfeld and Robert Kapito take over as president and board chair.

07/12/2016 - 18:04
Staff Writer

Jeffrey Schoenfeld and Robert Kapito were elected to three-year terms as president and chairman of the board, respectively, of UJA-Federation of New York at the recent meeting of the organization’s board of directors.

Jeffrey Schoenfeld, left, and Robert Kapito succeed Alisa Doctoroff and Linda Mirels at the charity.

Clothing Line Aims To Make Supporting Israel ‘Cooler’

07/12/2016 - 15:54
Editorial Intern

Think Urban Outfitters, but Jewish.

That’s how the founders of Mashu Designs, a new hipster Zionist clothing line, see the brand. Since its launch at the end of 2014, Mashu has been targeting young American customers who are prone to leave Israel with a pile of “I love Israel” T-shirts — in the absence of a better option.

Mashu Designs touts its T-shirts and tote bags as products they actually would ‘want to be seen wearing in public.’ MASHU DESIGN

Pinkwashing, The Play

New one-act explores the politics of being gay and Jewish.

07/12/2016 - 15:30
Deputy Managing Editor

Playwright Dan Fingerman likes to write about intersections, and perhaps no subject exemplifies the intersection between a person’s Jewish and gay identities as provocatively as that of pinkwashing. It’s a hot-button topic he tackles head-on in his one-act play, “Boys of a Certain Age,” which premieres Saturday for a three-night run in the East Village as part of the 2016 Fresh Fruit Festival (thewildproject.com/performances/2016-Fresh-Fruit-Festival.shtml, 212-228-1195).

Playwright Dan Fingerman got the idea of writing an intergenerational play while at CBST. COURTESY OF ELR PRODUCTIONS
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