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Embattled Riverdale Rabbi Leaves Pulpit

04/13/2016 - 08:37

After an often-contentious four-and-a-half-hour congregational meeting last Wednesday evening, the membership of the Riverdale Jewish Center voted overwhelmingly in favor of a board-recommended retirement agreement for Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt. He ended his 31-year-tenure as spiritual leader of the Modern Orthodox synagogue on Tuesday.

Riverdale Jewish Center Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt ends 31-year tenure at the Modern Orthodox synagogue.  youtube

Bracing For Life Without Shelly

As special election nears, fears about a loss of communal dollars for the Lower East Side.

04/13/2016 - 08:31
Jewish Week Correspondent

As residents of Sheldon Silver’s 65th Assembly District prepare to vote in a special election for his replacement, one of the key concerns for Jewish inhabitants of the Lower East Side is how big a hit, in terms of level of services, their largely Orthodox community will take.

Ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was to be sentenced this week on corruption charges. Getty Images

Scenes From A Primary Fight

As candidates crisscross the area, Jewish voters weigh in on the issues and the tenor of the campaign.

04/12/2016 - 19:18
Staff Writer

After expressing confidence that New York businessman Donald Trump would “do well with the economy,” Marcia Avila, a Mexican Jew who now lives in Farmingdale, L.I., confessed, “I try not to admit that I am for Trump.”

Scene at rally for Donald Trump in Bethpage, L.I. Meryl Ain

Members Have Beef With Mt. Sinai’s ‘Man-Seder’

04/12/2016 - 18:16

A recent Sunday night at Mt. Sinai Jewish Center in Washington Heights was certainly different from all other nights.

The Ponderosa-themed flyer for $100-a-plate Man-Seder.

Jews Still Seen Voting Against 'Best Interests'

Stony Brook panel dissects the trends; no mention of Trump.

04/12/2016 - 16:22
Special To The Jewish Week

Despite what you may have heard, American Jews are sticking with the Democrats, and the party’s perceived support — or lack thereof — of Israel won’t change that.

James Klurfeld, left, Michael Dawidziak and Lawrence Levy at panel. Mor Keshet/Stony Brook Hillel

Jews For Bernie Push Back On Israel

Concerned that campaign is ‘tone deaf’ on the issue, group swings into action.

04/12/2016 - 12:34
Special Correspondent

It almost felt like a kind of family therapy.

Eight Jews, all well north of 50, sat in a circle on metal folding chairs in the basement office of the local chapter of the Communications Workers of America in Tribeca, sharing their hopes and the complicated feelings stirred up by their absentee favorite son: a 74-year-old Jewish senator from Vermont who kept riling the neighbors.

Eli Rogosa (standing), Lisa Harbatkin (to her right) help hash out the text of a Jews for Bernie flyer. Courtesy of Sheryl Fetik

Report: Israeli-American Basketball Coach David Blatt In Running For Knicks Post

04/12/2016 - 11:45

David Blatt, the Israeli American who was fired this season as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, reportedly is under consideration to take the New York Knicks post.

David Blatt gesturing while coaching the Cleveland Cavaliers in a game against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif. JTA

How Was This Seder Different From Other Seders? Hillary Clinton Joined

04/11/2016 - 10:59
JTA

How was Helene and Bob Fine’s family seder in 2000 different from every other Passover night?

Hillary Clinton greeting supporters at a caucus day event as her husband, former President Bill Clinton, looks on. JTA

In Harlem, Bernie Sanders' Expression Of Jewish Pride Wins Applause

04/11/2016 - 10:53

Bernie Sanders at a Harlem rally said he was proud to be Jewish in response to an anti-Semitic claim.

Bernie Sanders holding a rally outside his childhood home in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., April 8, 2016. JTA

Embattled Riverdale Rabbi Leaving Pulpit Next Week

Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt will end his 31-year-tenure as spiritual leader of Riverdale Jewish Center next week.

04/07/2016 - 17:24
Editor and Publisher

After an often-contentious four-and-a-half hour congregational meeting on Wednesday night, the membership of the Riverdale Jewish Center voted overwhelmingly in favor of a board-recommended retirement agreement for Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt. He will end his 31-year-tenure as spiritual leader of the Modern Orthodox synagogue next week.

Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt speaking at the Riverdale Jewish Center in New York on Feb. 26, 2014. JTA
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