New York

Met Council’s William Rapfogel Sentenced

Former charity CEO faces 16 months to 10 years in prison and a $3 million fine.

07/23/2014
Story Includes Video: 
0

William Rapfogel, the former chief of New York’s Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, was sentenced to 3 1/3 to 10 years in prison for his role in a kickback scheme.

William E. Rapfogel, left, with attorney Paul L. Shechtman when he pleaded guilty in April. Jefferson Siegel Pool Photo

Tethered To Nadine Gordimer

For a South African-born ex-pat novelist, the Nobel Prize-winner casts a long shadow.

07/23/2014
Special To The Jewish Week
Story Includes Video: 
0

It’s hard for me to imagine a world without Nadine Gordimer. With her death on July 13 at the age of 90, a towering moral presence has been lost. Though physically small in stature, she cast a long shadow — stern, fierce, endowed with an unflinching humanism. The depth and scope of her literary achievements coupled with her commitment to a more just society in South Africa earned her a Nobel Prize for literature in 1991, the first ever awarded to a South African.

Fault Lines Open As Civilian Deaths Mount

Jewish left voices concern over loss of life as polls show strong support for Israel.

07/23/2014
Staff Writer
Story Includes Video: 
0

The divisions in the Jewish community over the war in Gaza broke into the open this week as the number of Israeli soldiers killed reached 27 by Tuesday night and the number of Palestinian deaths neared 600.

Thousands of pro-Israel supporters rallied Sunday in Times Square. Getty Images

In Face of Israel Flight Bans, Aliyah Persists

War bride, toddler twins, and over 200 others land in Tel Aviv hours before rocket attack one mile away.

07/23/2014
Staff Writer
Story Includes Video: 
0

Ilana Barta, a 23-year-old from Teaneck, N.J., walked off the plane at Ben-Gurion International Airport Tuesday morning with her wedding dress in hand. Her fiancé, a 22-year-old from Efrat, is an officer in the Paratrooper unit currently on active duty in Gaza. Though she hasn’t heard from him since the ground operation began, their wedding is scheduled for Aug. 17.

Still arriving, despite the war in Gaza. Courtesy of Nefesh B’Nefesh
Related Articles

Israel’s Winning Hearts And Minds

Polls show major U.S. groups backing Israel.

07/23/2014
Associate Editor
Story Includes Video: 
0

Israel is not only winning the war in Gaza but the hearts and minds of Americans. Two polls conducted by CNN and the Pew Research Center reveal support for Israel that is solid among virtually every age, race, political party or religion. Pew found 51 percent of Americans sympathetic to Israel, only 14 percent sympathetic to the Palestinians (with the rest answering “both,” neither or “don’t know”), while CNN found 57 percent of Americans saying Israel’s military actions are “justified” and 34 percent saying Israel was “unjustified.”

On Facebook, A Push For Tolerance Grows

‘Jews And Arabs Refuse To Be Enemies’ uses interfaith photos to show peaceful coexistence in action.

07/22/2014
Special To The Jewish Week
Story Includes Video: 
0

A hashtag won’t solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But it’s good to know that even as rage and hatred continue to drive the conversation on the ground, on social media a movement for a saner discourse is growing.

Two Hunter College students have created a Facebook page to celebrate understanding between Jews and Arabs. Via Facebook.com
Related Articles

Brooklyn Baby Named For 3 Murdered Israeli Teens

07/15/2014
Story Includes Video: 
0

A Brooklyn baby was named Eyal Gilad Naftali in memory of the three murdered Israeli teens.

The name was announced at the baby’s bris on Monday, according to the NRG news website. He is the son of Yankee and Bina Teitelbaum, who live in the Crown Heights neighborhood.

A Palestinian Caregiver With A Heimishe Touch

In Park Slope, a tale of coexistence and toilet training.

07/15/2014
Special To The Jewish Week
Story Includes Video: 
0

On Friday nights I get to my girlfriend Brenda’s Park Slope clapboard and welcome Shabbos with her and her 3-year-old daughter Marta. I stay through the weekend and on Monday mornings will walk Brenda and Marta to Rida’s two-story house, where Marta and several other children will spend the day.    

An observant single mom finds an unlikely caregiver for her daughter. Trevor Owens via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Federation Leaders See — And Experience — Rocket Attacks

On whirlwind tour, JFNA raising $10 million for emergency campaign.

07/15/2014
Staff Writer
Story Includes Video: 
0

A few dozen North American Jewish leaders from the United States and Canada were in the auditorium of a hospital in Ashkelon early this week, listening to a speech about the effect that the current military conflict between Israel and Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip was having on the Barzilai Medical Center, when they heard the effect with their own ears.

UJA-Federation’s Alisa Doctoroff, right, with Jewish Agency’s Alan Hoffman in Israel’s south.  Moshe Milner
Related Articles

As Rockets Rain, Local Teens In Israel Stay Vigilant

Trip organizers re-evaluate itineraries in light of danger in Israel’s south.

07/15/2014
Staff Writer
Story Includes Video: 
0

Rivka Hia, 19-year-old Yeshiva University student from Queens, awoke on the night of July 8 to the wailing of sirens. She, along with 30 other Yeshiva University students, was staying in the southern Israeli city of Kiryat Malakhi, about 25 miles from the Gaza Strip.

YU students, above, at camp for at-risk Israeli teens in town near Gaza border. Courtesy of Counterpoint Israel
Related Articles
Syndicate content