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The Times’ High Priest

Remembering Arthur Gelb, the Aaron to A.M. Rosenthal’s Moses.

05/27/2014
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In tributes in recent days to Arthur Gelb, the former managing editor of The New York Times who died last week at the age of 90, several of his disciples, both Jewish and gentile, called him their “rabbi.” In this context rabbi means one’s mentor or enabler, as in “everyone needs a rabbi.”

Arthur Gelb: Transformed the Times. Via TimesOfIsrael.com

Sharing Shuls And Pay-What-You-Can Dues.

Long Island Congregations Adapt To Changing Times

05/21/2014
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A Port Washington synagogue was able to stem the tide of declining membership by allowing congregants to select the level of dues they wish to pay.

A Haredi Woman’s Place…

In tough economic times, growing numbers here are branching out to launch their own businesses.

05/21/2014
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One day about a year ago, Gitel Weber, a chasidic homemaker in Borough Park, was engaging in her favorite hobby — making personalized gift packages for friends and family. This time, it was cards and decorations for a family simcha.

Gitel Weber, who completed the HFLS course last year, has opened a store in Borough Park.  Michael Daitikash/JW
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Lebovits Sentence: ‘A Mockery Of Justice’

Plea deal with convicted-child abuser Baruch Lebovits sends message that corruption still goes unpunished on Jay Street.

05/20/2014
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In the wake of several recent sentences in cases involving the fervently Orthodox community, sex abuse survivors and activists are expressing concerns about the Brooklyn district attorney’s commitment to understanding and seeking substantive justice in that community.

Brooklyn DA Kenneth Thompson has come under scrutiny from sex abuse survivors and activists for a series of recent sentences.
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Recreating The Music Of Jewish Hungary

‘Glass House Project’ digs deep into Hungarian archives for cross-cultural concert series.

05/20/2014
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Its history is a kaleidoscope of shifting borders, competing cultures and marching imperial armies. Its music, not surprisingly, is a vibrant mélange of variegated ethnicities with richly intersecting modes and instrumentations.

Hungarian singer Szirtes Edina Mókus is on the Glass House Project bill.

Rick Perry, Sean Penn, Sheldon Adelson And Chris Christie Fete Shmuley

05/20/2014
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New York  — The last time New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie spoke at a venue attended by Sheldon Adelson, he alienated the Republican Party mega-donor and other hawkish pro-Israel Jews by referring to the West Bank as “the occupied territories.”

Suffolk Jewry Joining Forces For Lag b’Omer

First-ever event brings together all segments of community.

05/15/2014
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For the first time, all segments of the Jewish community in Suffolk County have banded together for a free Lag B’Omer celebration Sunday called Springfest.

From Mrs. Stahl’s To Bialystok

Tracing the humble roots of the knish through its Lower East Side heyday and slow decline.

05/14/2014
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Forget pizza, bagels and burgers: in turn-of-the-20th-century New York City, only one snack ruled the streets: the knish.

In January 1916, a New York Times headline proclaimed: “Rivington St. Sees War: Rival Restaurant Men Cut Prices on the Succulent Knish.” The article chronicled a time when the Lower East Side was saturated with shops hawking the potato-filled dough pocket. Though today only a handful of eateries in New York are dedicated to making the once-ubiquitous street food, the knish remains a touchstone cultural icon of Jewish New York, a topic Laura Silver explores in her new book “Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food.”

Succulent and soulful: Laura Silver’s new book traces the cultural legacy of the knish.  Joan Roth

Cultivating A Secret Resource: Parents

Schools finding that the single most effective tactic for increasing enrollment is something only parents can deliver.

05/14/2014
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When Rhonda Rose enrolled her twin toddlers at Beit Rabban Day School last year, she jumped in with both feet.

Before the school year even started, she was discussing ideas with the Upper West Side school’s marketing director, promoting the school on Facebook and writing articles about it for a day school parent website.

Rhonda Rose, left, at work in her twin sons’ pre-K class at Beit Rabban. Michael Daitikash/JW
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Synagogues Turning To Workouts With Soul

In a bid for relevance, growing number of congregations are stretching to add a spiritual touch to the regular workout regimen.

05/14/2014
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The women in Monica Gordon’s yoga class stretch their arms overhead, and contort their bodies into pretzel-like poses. But in lieu of chanting “om,” the meditative yoga mantra, they say “Sha-lom,” stretching out the second syllable long and low, and there are no sun salutations or Sanskrit recitations.

Hedy Weisbart teaches Pilates at Beth Sholom in Teaneck, N.J.  Deena Yellin/JW
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