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Rabbi Rosenblatt Says He Is Staying In His Pulpit

Congregants at Riverdale Jewish Center applaud his apologetic remarks about sauna sessions.

06/25/2015
Staff Writer and Editor and Publisher

Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt, a leading Modern Orthodox rabbi, was believed to be stepping down from his pulpit at the Riverdale Jewish Center after becoming the center of an embarrassing controversy last month. But he elicited enthusiastic support from congregants when he announced Wednesday night his resolve to stay on in the post he has held almost 30 years.

Rabbi Rosenblatt informs congregants he plans to keep his position. Via JTA.org

A Pop-up World’s Fair Of Jewish Culture

Taking in a sampling of shows at KulturfestNYC, which drew some 50,000 people.

06/23/2015
Culture Editor

Watching a concert of Yiddish music in Central Park last week was a bit like playing an old-fashioned game of Telephone. My Yiddish-speaking husband would translate a refrain, whisper it to me, and then I’d lean over to try to explain the meaning to the opera singer from Ukraine who happened to be sitting next to me, along with another Ukrainian who understood some of the lyrics, as he spoke German. He’d then pass the sentence along to an American friend.

The “Yiddish Soul” concert at Central Park’s Summer Stage featured cantorial and chasidic music. Courtesy of Kulturfest

3 Staten Island Teens Charged With Anti-Semitic Crimes

Rock-throwing incident part of increase in borough’s anti-Jewish offenses over the past year.

06/23/2015
Staff Writer

New York City police charged three youths with throwing a rock at a kipa-wearing Jewish man and threatening him on Staten Island on Sunday.

A Pop-up World’s Fair Of Jewish Culture

Taking in a sampling of shows at KulturfestNYC, which drew some 50,000 people.

06/23/2015
Culture Editor

Watching a concert of Yiddish music in Central Park last week was a bit like playing an old-fashioned game of Telephone. My Yiddish-speaking husband would translate a refrain, whisper it to me, and then I’d lean over to try to explain the meaning to the opera singer from Ukraine who happened to be sitting next to me, along with another Ukrainian who understood some of the lyrics, as he spoke German. He’d then pass the sentence along to an American friend.

From Kulturfest concert in Central Park. Courtesy of Kulturfest

Kosher Cannabis?

Ger and Satmar duo apply for medical marijuana manufacturing permit, though quietly.

06/22/2015
Special Correspondent

It seems that chasidim are trying to get into the medical marijuana business.

According to Saugerties Town Supervisor Greg Helsmoortel, two of the principals behind NY Growing Partners, LLC are nursing home magnate and Ger chasid Michael Melnicke and Leo Friedman, the son of Satmar powerbroker Moses Friedman, otherwise known as Moshe Gabbai.

By Bogdan/Fotografii natura via Wikimedia Commons

New York Rabbis Press For City To Fund Parochial School Security Agents

06/17/2015

A group of New York City rabbis is urging Mayor Bill de Blasio to have the city pay for security at parochial schools.

Emerging BDS Fight Is Inside Community

Turf wars, questions over tactics surface as up to $150 million pours into campus effort.

06/17/2015
Staff Writer

The BDS movement might be a war on some college campuses, but how to respond to the widespread effort to delegitimize Israel through boycotts, divestment and sanctions is quickly becoming a battle within the Jewish community.

Sheldon Adelson’s recent Las Vegas summit has politicized the fight against BDS, observers say. Getty Images

Wide Swath Of N.Y. Rabbis Push For Police Reform

Urge Council hearings on Right to Know Act, a new tack on NYPD stops.

06/16/2015
Staff Writer

Faced with a nearly 20 percent jump in murders this year and a growing outcry from those who believe the police should increase stop-and-frisk patrolling to get guns off the street, more than 50 rabbis representing a wide swath of the Jewish community are supporting City Council proposals that seek to enhance community relations with the police.

Rabbi Ellen Lippmann: Opposes police ability to “stop people without any probable cause.”

‘Behavior Unacceptable For A Rabbi’

Hamptons rabbi blames expulsion on mail snafu, not affair.

06/16/2015

If Rabbi Marc Schneier’s account of his expulsion from the Rabbinical Council of America is to be believed, he owes his ouster to failures of the U.S. Postal Service.

Rabbi Marc Schneier said he is “very, very hurt” by expulsion from the Rabbinical Council of America. JTA
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