New York

Son To Succeed Rebbe

08/10/2000 - 20:00
Staff Writer
During the funeral last week for Rabbi Shlomo Halberstam, a weeping voice barreled over loudspeakers to tens of thousands of mourners gathered outside the main Bobover synagogue in Borough Park. From the crowded synagogue in the Brooklyn neighborhood, where a simple wooden coffin held the 92-year-old body of the Bobover rebbe, the speaker announced, in Yiddish, that Rabbi Halberstam's eldest son, Naftali, would succeed him as leader of the chasidic group. "Mazel tov," the speaker added in a tearful undertone.

Educators As 'Endangered Species'

08/10/2000 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Alvin Mars will come to Long Island this week for a few days of shopping. He's looking for Jewish teachers. Mars is headmaster of the American Hebrew Academy, a "liberal preparatory school" in Greensboro, N.C., that will open in September 2001. The nondenominational boarding school hopes to have 800 students and 200 teachers. He will start a formal search next month, and already says "it's a struggle to find teachers": trained, competent teachers.

Tracking The Rise In Hate

08/28/2009 - 20:00
Staff Writer
The Southern Poverty Law Center, an independent civil rights organization in Montgomery, Alabama that serves as a leading clearinghouse for information about hate and hate crimes, recently issued a report on the resurgence of right-wing militias in the United States. “They’re back ... appearing in large numbers around the country,” the report stated. “And once-popular militia conspiracy theories are making the rounds again.”

Boteach To Kaddafi: ‘Not In My Backyard’

08/27/2009 - 20:00
Staff Writer
When Libyan leader Moammar Kaddafi decided to set up camp, literally, in Englewood, N.J., during his upcoming visit to the U.S. for the United Nations General Assembly next month, he likely did not realize that his next-door neighbor would be one of this country’s best-known and most outspoken rabbis, with a gift for media attention.

Test Prep Patriarch Dies

08/27/2009 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Stanley Kaplan, the Brooklyn native who started tutoring during college and founded a firm bearing his name that earned him the title of the father of the test preparation business, died Aug. 23 in his Manhattan home. He was 90. Mr. Kaplan established what grew into a nationwide network of Kaplan testing centers to ensure meritocracy in college admissions, because he had been rejected from five New York medical schools during an era of Jewish quotas. He was a contributor to several Jewish causes.

Bobover Rebbe Dies At 92

08/03/2000 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Rabbi Shlomo Halberstam, a Polish-born Holocaust survivor who revived his Bobover chasidic group in Borough Park and helped turn the Brooklyn neighborhood into one of the largest American bastions of Orthodoxy, died there Wednesday in Maimonides Medical Center. He was 92, and had been in poor health in recent years.

The Ultimate Jewish Fighter

07/27/2000 - 20:00
Staff Writer
It is the fifth round of a martial arts championship fight and the two strapping gladiators are fighting exhaustion as well as each other. Moti Horenstein is exchanging punches and kicks with Peter Vine. "It was a matter of who wanted it more," Horenstein says in his Spring Valley office, narrating his 1996 Shidokan match at Chicago's Bismarck Palace.

Leaving The Strife Behind

06/29/2000 - 20:00
Staff Writer
The next head of the New York Board of Rabbis will have a new headquarters, but the same headaches, as the outgoing executive vice president. Running an interdenominational organization, to which members of the four major denominations of Judaism belong, gets harder each year, said Rabbi Gilbert Rosenthal, who retired last week after a decade in the position. "Unequivocally, yes," Rabbi Rosenthal said on his last day on the job, sitting in the board's temporary office, a plain conference room in the Bnai Zion building on East 39th Street.

Prague Cemetery Row Hits N.Y.

06/22/2000 - 20:00
Staff Writers

A sea of black hats filled Madison Avenue on the Upper East Side as demonstrators protested in front of the Czech Republic Consulate Monday. The Orthodox contingent is claiming the Czech government and a major Czech insurance company have violated a 3-month-old agreement to protect a recently uncovered medieval Jewish cemetery in Prague.

'The Fire Killed The Entire Community'

06/15/2000 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Satmar chasidim make a pilgrimage to Williamsburg every Shavuot to celebrate the holiday with their rebbe, Rabbi Moses Teitelbaum. This week, unexpectedly, they also mourned with him. The rebbe's brick house in the Brooklyn neighborhood, down the street from the main Satmar synagogue, was a shiva house following the deaths in a two-alarm fire of his granddaughter, Sarah Blima Halberstam, 20, and her 5-month-old daughter, Chaya Esther.
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