New York

Masada Comes To Jazz Holy Ground

Downtown Jewish music guru John Zorn to play first-ever gig at Village Vanguard.

08/27/2014
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The Village Vanguard is one of the half-dozen most important jazz clubs in the world, a venue that every musician wants on his résumé and one that can launch a career. As John Zorn wrote in a recent e-mail, “It is one of the best rooms in the city for music, with a really heavy history.”

John Zorn: New home for his Radical Jewish Music. Wikimedia Commons

Long-serving YU Prof Succumbs At 104

Rabbi Gerson Yankelewitz remembered as ‘true giant’; studied with fabled leaders of old world Jewry.

08/26/2014
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Meir Goodman, a sophomore at Yeshiva University last year, took part every weekday in an elective one-on-one chavruta study session about the Talmud’s Shabbos tractate. He and his partner would sit across from each other at a desk in a small office for an hour, their Gemaras open in front of them.

Rabbi Gershon Yankelewitz continued his daily teaching schedule through the spring semester. Courtesy of YU

Met Council’s New CEO To Step Down

08/21/2014
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The CEO of the scandal-tarred Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty is planning to step down.

David Frankel, who took the helm of the New York group in the wake of revelations that the organization’s prior leadership had stolen more than $1 million, will resign from his position as CEO before the end of this year, according to a report by the Forward newspaper.

Man Wrongly Convicted Of NY Rabbi’s Murder Receives $10 million Settlement

08/20/2014
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A man who was wrongly convicted of the 1994 murder of a New York City rabbi and spent 16 years in prison received a $10 million settlement from the city.

Reality TV Takes Cue From Shidduch Scene

Modern-day matchmakers introduce arranged marriage to NYC.

08/20/2014
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Reality TV seems to be learning a thing or two from haredi dating.

In the new FYI reality show “Married at First Sight,” six singles agree to be set up by a team of four professional matchmakers — and legally marry their selected mate upon first meeting.

From Yenta to cable TV: The “Married at First Sight” matchmakers. Courtesy of FYI

Campuses Hone Tactics As BDS Wars Loom

In wake of Gaza conflict, local students, officials expect tense atmosphere as semester begins.

08/20/2014
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In Gaza, there may be a cease-fire, but for Jewish college students, the war is about to begin.

Groups as varied as J Street U and the Israel Action Network are bracing for what many insiders believe will be the most contentious school year yet.

Brooklyn College Hillel's Creative Coexistence group shares some of their work. Courtesy of Tanger Hillel at Brooklyn College

Federal Appeals Court Calls For Review Of NYC MBP Law

08/19/2014
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A New York City health law designed to regulate the controversial metzitzah b’peh ritual circumcision practice must pass stricter scrutiny, a federal appeals court ruled.

Thomas Farley, the commissioner of the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, argued that MBP is a risky procedure.

Letters From The Front

Soldiers write of love for Israel and each other.

08/19/2014
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Wars may be covered by journalists, but few, in any war, tell the story of the soldiers better than the soldiers themselves. Unlike earlier eras, when letters between soldiers and their loved ones remained private, stored in attics or lost in battle, modern warfare results in letters — often e-mails — that are swiftly forwarded to friends, family and even journalists. The letters presented here are not a scientific survey of IDF correspondence, just a random peek at the e-mails that came our way. They contain no breaking news nor overt politics, but reverberate with the voice of family, the grit of war.

Raised in Riverdale, now an IDF instructor, Sarah Schloss postponed a visit back to the States. Courtesy of Sarah Schloss

A Bold Voice For Social Justice

Remembering Leonard Fein, co-founder of Moment magazine and a ‘true progressive visionary.’

08/19/2014
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At a seminar hosted about two decades ago by the American Jewish Committee for representatives of the major denominations of Judaism, professor-author-activist Leonard Fein mentioned that he had a still-single daughter.

Leonard Fine receives an award in 2012 from Moment magazine editor Nadine Epstein. JTA

Federal Court Calls For Review Of Circumcision Law

08/18/2014
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A New York City health ordinance that requires parents to give written permission before ritual circumcisers can carry out the practice of oral suction might be unconstitutional, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals said in a ruling handed down on Friday, according to the Jerusalem Post.

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