New York

Bias Claim Vs. Fashion Firm

09/27/2002
Staff Writer
One of the most talked-about suits associated with the trendy French Connection label this year won’t be making its way down fashion show runways. Rather, the suit was filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Manhattan District Court on behalf of Amanda Nathan, an Orthodox Jew who claims she was denied a job because she is Sabbath observant.

Spin Battle Over McCall Firing

09/27/2002
Staff Writer
As if he hasn’t enough problems, trailing by double digits in recent polls, Democratic gubernatorial hopeful H. Carl McCall was contending with charges of ethnic conflict within his campaign this week after the firing of top political consultant Hank Sheinkopf.

Council Nixes ‘Evenhanded’ Measure

09/27/2002
Staff Writer
A resolution calling on the City Council to accept Palestinian statehood while acting as “facilitators of peace” was rejected by a committee Friday, ending a sometimes raucous round of Mideast politics at City Hall.

Blacks And Jews To March Again

12/04/1997
Staff Writer
This year’s Salute to Israel Parade will do more than reflect on the first 50 years of the Jewish state. For many spectators and participants, it will reflect on American history as well. For the first time in 33 years, those marching down Fifth Avenue on May 17 will include both Jews and African Americans as they combine support for Israel with commemoration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Testing The Charter School Waters

01/08/1999
Staff Writer
Jewish educational institutions would have to push the periphery of the recently passed charter schools legislation to derive any benefit, but some say it’s inevitable that some organizations or existing schools will try to do so.

The Trials Of Fighting Terrorism

01/09/2008
Assistant Managing Editor
When federal prosecutors tried last year to convict several fundraisers for Muslim organizations of supporting terrorism against Israel, their efforts fell flat. A Dallas jury rejected each of 197 charges against officials of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development. Earlier last year in Chicago, terrorism charges against two alleged Hamas activists also didn’t stick, and the two were convicted only of obstruction of justice.

Corned Beef And Pickles, 24/7

12/19/2007
Assistant Managing Editor
Outside the new Second Avenue Deli, a gold plaque dedicates the restaurant to the memory of Abe Lebewohl, whose death in 1996 was the beginning of the end for the storied eatery’s East Village location, which closed its doors 10 years later after more than a half-century doling out kosher, if artery-clogging delicacies. A reward poster on the front door reminds visitors that his murder during a robbery remains unsolved.

A Five-Borough Tour Against Hate

12/05/2007
Assistant Managing Editor
For Inderjit Singh, it was the time a little girl walked up to him on the street shortly after 9/11 and asked if he was going to bomb someone that day. For Vincent, it was the time he was fired for being openly gay, as well as the day someone yelled “faggot” at him from a passing car. Across the city on Thursday, people came together to discuss their experiences with ignorance and prejudice in a series of events in each borough dubbed “A Day Out Against Hate.”

Rabbi Denounced For Aiding ‘Get’ Husbands

11/14/2007
Assistant Managing Editor
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In a sign of increasing strife within the Orthodox community over halachic divorce, a group of prominent rabbis recently turned out to publicly castigate a rabbi they say is “aiding and abetting” recalcitrant husbands. Rabbi Hershel Schachter of Yeshiva University’s rabbinical school organized the Brooklyn protest after learning, he said, that Rabbi Shlomo Blumenkrantz has on several occasions arranged for a rabbinical decree that allows a man to remarry without a get.

Columbia Prof Defiant After Swastika

11/07/2007
Assistant Managing Editor
Over the 17 years she has been teaching at Columbia University’s Teachers College, Elizabeth Midlarsky had often considered hanging a mezuzah on the doorpost of her office. One problem she faced was how to nail it into the metal doorframe.
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