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JNF’s New Generation Of Pushke Pushers

09/21/2016 - 15:31
Editorial Intern

The grandchildren of the generation of Jews who helped build Israel by dropping pennies into the Jewish National Fund’s blue-and-white tin pushkes gathered in Manhattan last week to aid the Jewish state in a more contemporary way – political advocacy with a positive bent.

A pair of JNF's up and coming ham it up at the organization's four day conference in NYC last week. Courtesy of JNF

Progressives Reflect On Anti-Semitism In Their Midst

Brooklyn Commons episode sparks debate, introspection.

09/21/2016 - 13:37
Jewish Week Correspondent

The recent appearance at a progressive community space in Brooklyn of a conspiracy theorist who blames the 9/11 attacks on “the Zionist war agenda,” is generating debate among lefty Jews over whether some of their own terminology is fueling an increasingly entrenched anti-Semitic fire.

Protesters outside Bklyn Commons, where anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist Chris Bollyn gave a lecture. PHOTO VIA @JennyCat12345

Goats And Ghosts In A Graveyard

Visiting the dead on eve of Rosh HaShanah.

09/21/2016 - 13:12
Associate Editor

In the bitter winter of 1888, as New York’s poorest and loneliest Jewish immigrants were increasingly buried anonymously in potter’s field, without regard for their dignity or Jewish tradition, the Hebrew Free Burial Association was formed to take responsibility for every Jew too poor to be buried like “a mensch.” It purchased six acres on Staten Island in 1893, and within 16 years Silver Lake Cemetery was filled to capacity with 13,000 Jewish souls, including thousands of children. The dead were brought by ferry and by horses and buggies clip-clopping over dirt roads through the hills of Staten Island.

Courtesy Of Hebrew Free Burial Society

A Blast For The Holidays, Our Rosh HaShanah Gift Guide

From artisanal halvah to African rams’ horns to stylish Judaica, our annual Rosh HaShanah gift guide.

09/21/2016 - 12:26
Culture Editor

“Halvah sweet new year,” Rachel Simons, a founder of Seed + Mill, punningly tells a visitor to her Chelsea Market shop, sharing samples of artisanal halvah. She and partners Lisa Mendelson and Monica Molenaar opened Seed + Mill in January 2016, specializing in sesame products like halvah and tahini and aiming “to breathe modern life into an ancient seed.” They offer 28 varieties of halvah including cardamom, ginger, lemongrass, marble, sea salt dark chocolate, sugar-free coffee and chai; some of the flavors are dairy, and all of them are kosher. Their sesame seeds are top quality, sourced in Humera, Ethiopia and roasted and milled in Israel, where the halvah and tahini is ARE made (they also mill fresh tahini in their shop).

Seed + Mill in Chelsea Market. “Breathing modern life into an ancient seed.” Courtesy of Seed + Mill

Amid Terror, Refugee Advocates Seek Balance

Debate on resettlement intensifies after attacks here, N.J. and Minnesota.

09/21/2016 - 11:29
Staff Writer

Just days after 15 major American Jewish organizations and 200 synagogues signed statements affirming their support for the resettlement of refugees fleeing strife-ridden countries, terrorist attacks in the New York area and Minnesota last weekend by men associated with overseas Islamic radicals is giving many some pause.

FBI collects pieces of evidence at the evidence at the scene of Sundays bomb explosion in Chelsea. Getty Images

A Synagogue Returns To Its Roots

Down on the farm in Briarcliff Manor.

09/21/2016 - 11:50
Westchester Correspondent

Before Congregation Sons of Israel (CSI) in Briarcliff Manor was a synagogue, it was farmland. The synagogue’s recent building of a farm on about two acres of the congregation’s seven, is, said Rabbi Steven C. Kane, a restoration in part, “to what it was.”

Michael Yoken with students at the farm. Courtesy of CSI

Israeli Filmmaker Uninvited from Film Festival

Anticipating backlash from BDS supporters, the university withdrew its invitation to Shimon Dotan to screen his documentary on settlers in Israel.

09/20/2016 - 16:28
Editorial Intern

Award winning Israeli filmmaker, Shimon Dotan, was recently uninvited to present his newly released documentary “The Settlers” at Syracuse University’s ‘The Place of Religion’ film festival after faculty became worried of a backlash from BDS supporters, reported The Atlantic.

The Settlers documentary poster. Screenshot/IMDB

NYC Election Board Makes Voting Registration Forms Available In Yiddish

09/20/2016 - 13:03

NEW YORK (JTA) — The New York City Board of Elections has made voting registration forms available in Yiddish.

‘Hamilton’ Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda Stars In New Video — For Yeshiva University

09/19/2016 - 11:24
JTA

It’s a question thousands of fans are undoubtedly asking themselves: What is Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator and star of the hip-hop musical “Hamilton,” up to now that he has left the insanely successful production? Could he be writing another biographical smash hit?

“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda has a few interesting connections to Yeshiva University. (Screenshot from YouTube)

Chelsea Blast Injures 29, Called 'Intentional' Not Terror-Related

The blast from a Chelsea dumpster on Saturday night injured 29, including one critically, authorities report.

09/18/2016 - 11:17

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called an explosion on the West Side of Manhattan that injured at least 29 people "intentional" but not terrorist in nature.

Police officers & firefighters respond to an explosion on September 17, 2016 at 23rd Street and 7th Avenue in NYC. Getty Images
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