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Experts Call For Active-Shooter Drills Here In Wake Of Paris

Local Jewish institutions ramping up security. ‘This threat is not going away.’

01/14/2015
Staff Writer

As 5,000 French police and soldiers fanned out across the country to protect hundreds of Jewish institutions in the wake of last week’s attack at a Paris kosher supermarket, Jewish leaders here scrambled to assess security protocols and ramp up security measures.

France deploys 5000 troops to Jewish sites. Getty Images

Streit’s Closing Lower East Side Matzah Factory After 90 Years

01/07/2015

Streit’s said it will close the company’s 90-year-old matzah factory on New York’s Lower East Side.

Cybersecurity Threats Loom For Jewish Groups

After the Sony Pictures hack, cyber security concerns are high. Are Jewish groups taking the risks seriously?

01/07/2015
Staff Writer

A large Reform congregation in Central Florida is exceptionally vulnerable to a cyber attack, though they don’t know it. 

For Jewish organizations, cyber security is a growing problem. Fotolia

In Dark Times, Taking Aim

Fear has Jews buying guns, imagining the worst.

01/07/2015
Associate Editor

In Jerusalem’s early morning, when lips barely flutter in that time for silent prayer, when feet are required, in the manner of angels, to come together as if they were not limbs at all, two Arabs entered the Har Nof shul with a gun and meat cleaver, killing four, leaving arms still wrapped in tefillin in puddles of blood. It took seconds. The police arrived in minutes on that late November day.

Arms and the man: Josh Levy at the Gun For Hire shooting range, in Woodland Park, N.J. Courtesy of Josh Levy

Retired Jewish Cops Back PBA President, Criticize Mayor

Two officers and an NYPD volunteer weigh in on tensions in the city.

01/06/2015
Jewish Week Correspondent

Wilton Sekzer, a retired sergeant in the New York Police Department, joined 25,000 other current and former cops last Saturday as they mourned Rafael Ramos, one of two patrolmen gunned down while sitting in their patrol car Dec. 20 in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Tensions in the city between the police and City Hall are running high. Getty Images

The Two Sides Of Mario Cuomo

The governor, who died last week, married strident liberalism and sensitivity to the Orthodox.

01/06/2015

Mario Cuomo, a three-term New York governor, was the rare politician who appealed to the Jewish tent’s opposite poles.

Mario Cuomo, seated, at the 1988 General Assembly of the Council of Jewish Federations held in New Orleans. Robert A. Cumins

What Was Yeshiva University Like In 1992?

The promotional video shows that nothing has changed, and everything has changed.

01/06/2015
Staff Writer

Before the debt and allegations, before the cuts and furloughs, Yeshiva University was quite the utopia — at least, according to the university’s 1992 promotional video.

Yeshiva University. Via yu.edu

Retired Jewish Officers Back PBA President, Criticize Mayor

Two former NYPD cops and a volunteer weigh in on current tensions in city.

12/31/2014
Jewish Week Correspondent

Wilton Sekzer, a retired sergeant in the New York Police Department, joined 25,000 other current and former cops last Saturday as they mourned Rafael Ramos, one of two patrolmen gunned down Dec. 20 in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Will Federal Probe Tarnish Silver?

Analysts believe the powerful Assembly speaker will remain unscathed.

12/31/2014
Staff Writer

It was front-page news this week that Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is the subject of a federal investigation, but unless he is indicted, news of the probe is unlikely to affect his hold on power in Albany, political analysts said.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver

OU Boosting Effort For Gov’t School Funding

Group lays out new campaign for yeshivas at biannual convention here; in first, women tapped as national officers.

12/31/2014

Tarrytown, N.Y. — The Orthodox Union is launching a multimillion-dollar advocacy campaign to increase government funding for Jewish day schools in New York.

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