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Rabbi Andy Bachman To Leave CBE

03/27/2014
Staff Writer

Rabbi Andy Bachman, a prominent figure in New York's Jewish community who has served as a Hillel director, pulpit rabbi and founder of a neighborhood Jewish organization, announced this week that he will next year leave his congregation and Jewish communal leadership altogether.

Israel’s Holocaust Restitution Arm Weak

Project HEART losing funding even as initiatives seen bearing fruit for heirs.

03/26/2014
Staff Writer

Project HEART, the Israeli government’s ambitious Holocaust-era restitution project designed to compensate survivors and their heirs for property lost during the Holocaust, is in danger of ending or being seriously diminished, The Jewish Week has learned.

Project HEART's director, Robby Brown. Via haaretz.com

Madoff, Five Years Later

No regrets about betraying Jewish clients, despite ‘affinity’ nature of crime.

03/26/2014
Associate Editor

Sholem Aleichem, who lost his money in the Odessa stock market, used to say that when you’re rich, people think you’re not only clever but handsome, with a voice like a nightingale.

Madoff: Critics blast his comments in Politico interview. Getty Images

Five Towns See Renewed Tensions Due To School Sale

Old divide between Orthodox-controlled school board, public school parents reopens; budget moves paint nuanced picture.

03/26/2014
Staff Writer

A referendum on whether to sell a public school building in a Long Island town to a yeshiva is stirring up a decades-long conflict between the Orthodox families who send their children to private school and the non-Orthodox Jewish, black and Hispanic families who send their kids to public school.

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Yeshiva students on Central Avenue in Lawrence. Michael Daitikash/JW
A math class at Lawrence Middle School. Amy Sara Clark/JW
Lawrence Schools Superintendent Gary Schall, right, in the hallway at Lawrence M
Hard data on Lawrence Union Free School District Pre- and Post Orthodox Control
Hard data on Lawrence Union Free School District Pre- and Post Orthodox Control
Hard data on Lawrence Union Free School District Pre- and Post Orthodox Control
Hard data on Lawrence Union Free School District Pre- and Post Orthodox Control

Jewish Councilmembers Seek More Inclusive Caucus

Former officials, non-Jews welcomed as legislators focus on social service activism, pre-K for all.

03/25/2014
Assistant Managing Editor

To paraphrase the old rye bread commercial, you don’t have to be Jewish to be in the City Council’s Jewish caucus.

But it helps.

City Councilman Mark Levine is new chair of the legislative body’s Jewish Caucus.

Living Torah Museum Faces Financial Dificulties

One collector’s rare Judean coins ‘tell the story of our ancestors.’

03/25/2014
Special To The Jewish Week

Visiting a flea market in old Amsterdam, Harvey Herbert bought an old but inexpensive Roman coin that caught his eye. He didn’t realize that this impulse purchase by a browsing tourist was about to change his life.

Harvey Herbert inspects one of his Roman coins. Michael Datikash/JW

Hillary Clinton Helps Put AJCongress Back On The Map

Friendship with Jack Rosen explains her addressing much-reduced organization.

03/25/2014
Editor and Publisher

As the recipient of the American Jewish Congress Stephen S. Wise Award at a festive dinner last week at Cipriani, Hillary Clinton clearly was the star attraction. The former first lady and secretary of state received a standing ovation March 19 from the 400 guests before and after her talk, which defended and explained President Obama’s position on the Israeli-Palestinian and Iran talks. She played a critical role on both issues as secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is a longtime friend AJCongress’ president. Getty Images

Families Organize Against Closure Of Park Slope Nursing Home

Rally planned, lawsuit eyed after assisted living facility tells its 120 residents to find new homes.

03/25/2014
Staff Writer

The families of 120 elderly residents of a soon-to-close Brooklyn assisted living facility will take their cause to the streets this week. Their next step, perhaps, is the courts.

The Prospect Park Residence, home to 120 senior citizens, is set to close in early June.  Michael Datikash/JW

Schumer: Iran’s Economy Must Continue To Decline

03/24/2014
Assistant Managing Editor

Ratcheting up his disagreement with the Obama administration over Iran sanctions, Sen. Charles Schumer on Sunday warned a Jewish audience in Brooklyn that that country’s nuclear ambitions remain “the greatest threat to Israel in our time.”

At the Council of Jewish Organizations of Flatbush breakfast Schumer, joined by Rep. Jerrold Nadler, made no mention of the Obama administration’s deal with Tehran to ease some economic sanctions in return for reduced enrichment of uranium below weapons grade during a six-month trial period.

Sen. Charles Schumer with honoree Ari Baum, left, and breakfast chairman Larry Spiewak. Courtesy of COJO Of Flatbush

Clinton Helps Put AJCongress Back On The Map

Friendship with Jack Rosen explains her addressing much-reduced organization.

03/20/2014
Editor and Publisher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the recipient of the American Jewish Congress Stephen S. Wise Award at a festive dinner March 19 at Cipriani, Hillary Clinton clearly was the star attraction. The former first lady and secretary of state received a standing ovation from the 400 guests before and after her talk, which defended and explained President Obama’s position on the Israeli-Palestinian and Iran talks. She played a critical role on both issues as secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.

Hillary Clinton. Getty Images
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