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Deal Set For Embattled Riverdale Rabbi To Step Down

Shul to vote on retirement package for Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt, bringing sauna controversy to a close.

03/10/2016 - 16:21
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.

Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt.

Sacha Baron Cohen Screens ‘Bruno’ Interview With Kansas City JCC Shooter

03/10/2016 - 14:57
JTA

On Tuesday night, a theater full of New Yorkers sang a rollicking rendition of “Throw the Jew Down the Well” led by Sacha Baron Cohen in a cowboy hat and Western shirt.

Actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen attending ‘The Brothers Grimsby’ fan screening at Regal Union Square in New York. JTA

CUNY Response To Alleged Bias ‘Inadequate’

ZOA, Council members say pledge to investigate campus actions fails to hold perpetrators accountable.

03/09/2016 - 09:08
Deputy Managing Editor

Two and a half weeks after a group of students chanting slogans including “Zionists off campus” broke up a Brooklyn College faculty council meeting, City University of New York Chancellor James B. Milliken announced the school had hired outside attorneys to investigate complaints that a student group is causing Jews to feel harassed and physically unsafe. 

An SJP “Die-in/Vigil for Ferguson and Gaza” held in John Jay’s atrium, the main common area. Tomer Kornfeld

Millennial Study Looks Up, Prompts Hands-On Grants

Jewish identity gets a boost in survey; being the underdog is ‘in.’

03/08/2016 - 17:35
Staff Writer

As Jewish organizations plan for a fast-changing communal landscape, many are trying to figure out ways to engage the most coveted demographic cohort: the millennial generation. Studies have shown that 20- and 30-something Jews are pulling away from communal institutions in a big way.

OneTable, a non-profit that sets up Shabbat meals, received a $85,000 grant from UJA-Federation of NY. Courtesy of One Table

A New Web Series Coming ‘Soon By You’

Creator Leah Gottfried describes the focus on Modern Orthodox singles in NYC as a mix of “Friends” and “Srugim.”

03/08/2016 - 17:31
Editorial Intern

It’s a refrain all too familiar to many young, single, Orthodox Jews, recited by concerned family members and newly married friends as a kind of hopeful prophecy. Now, it’s the name of a brand-new web series.

Leah Gottfried, second from left, helms web series about the lives of New York City Modern Orthodox singles. Leora Veit

Spotlight On Autism At ReelAbilities Fest

03/08/2016 - 16:02

Autism spectrum disorder is a complex group of neurodevelopment disorders characterized by a repetitive and characteristic patterns of behavior, and difficulties with social communication and interaction. The symptoms are present from early childhood and affect daily functioning; within the spectrum, those affected may range from children and adults who are able to perform the functions of daily life to others who are unable to perform even the most basic tasks without substantial assistance.

Scenes from “Bumblebees,” left, and “Little Hero.”  Little Hero” credit: Johnna Taylor

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NYC Tech Leaders Honor First-Ever Graduates of Jacobs
Technion-Cornell Institute

Israel’s Technion Becomes First Accredited International University to Grant Degrees in the U.S.
 

‘Son Of Sal’ Sentenced To Life For Murdering 3 Brooklyn Shopkeepers

03/07/2016 - 12:02

“Son of Sal,” the Brooklyn serial killer whose three victims included two Jewish men, was sentenced to the maximum prison term of 75 years to life.

The “Son of Sal,” Brooklyn serial killer, Salvatore Perrone . Via Franconia Township Police Department in Telford, Pa

Day Camp Drama: Why Can’t I Find A Jewish Program For My Kids?

03/03/2016 - 13:50
JTA

 

 

I live in New York, one of the most Jewish cities in the world, and yet I reside in a pocket that has few options for Jewish life.

Swimming instruction is part of the program at the Kings Bay Y’s summer camp in Brooklyn. JTA

Postcards Of The Hanging

Exhibit on lynching of Leo Frank at Museum of Jewish Heritage.

03/02/2016 - 08:55
Associate Editor

The old pendulum clock ticked its last at 12:18. Was it after midnight or high noon? A museum exhibit, particularly about a murder — two murders, actually, the killing of a young girl and the lynching of a Jew — can tell us only so much, welcoming us into the mystery but with no way out. Such is the wistfulness of “Seeking Justice: The Leo Frank Case Revisited,” opening this week at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, at Battery Place.

Leo Frank in his family home in Brooklyn, above. Right, Mary Phagen shortly before her murder. Courtesy Museum of Jewish Heritag
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