In a turbulent city, where the winter chill lingers and the mayor, no less, wants you to lose your job, Ariel F. finds serenity as he has for 33 years: He travels down to Hell’s Kitchen from his apartment near the Yonkers line, and when he sees Rebecca he runs his hand through her black hair, gently stroking the curves of her body and back.
Rivka Haut, considered by many to be the leading grassroots advocate for agunot, or chained women, and a founder of Women at the Wall and the Women’s Tefillah Network, died March 30 of cancer in New York. She was 71.
‘Carved new and better path’ for defense organization.
Phil Baum, who joined the American Jewish Congress after college and helped steer the advocacy organization’s growth in membership and influence until he retired as executive director in 2002, died in his sleep on March 27 at his Riverdale home. He was 94.
A New York Times editor defends the paper in meeting with Jewish high school students.
Editor and Publisher
Ethan Bronner, deputy national editor of The New York Times, sought mightily to explain to a group of Jewish high school students this week the challenges, responsibilities and frustrations of covering the Mideast conflict.
He has served three tours as a correspondent in Israel since the 1980s, most recently as Jerusalem bureau chief from 2008 to 2012.
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.
Project HEART losing funding even as initiatives seen bearing fruit for heirs.
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.