New York

Aleph-Bais Ball

08/22/2003
Staff Writer
Jewish Heritage Day at Shea Stadium was a boon not only for thousands of faithful fans Sunday, but for the Mets, who pulled off their fifth victory in the six years the annual event has been held. This time the Amazins beat Colorado 6-4 before a crowd of 28,393. It didn't hurt that the team was on a five-game winning streak, although they remained in last place in the National League East as of Tuesday, at 54-69.

Russian Candidate Fights To Run

08/15/2003
Staff Writer
In the latest political controversy involving Brooklyn's Russian-speaking community, a councilman who represents part of Brighton Beach has succeeded in knocking an immigrant candidate off September's Democratic primary ballot, charging that he fraudulently changed his name. The Board of Elections took Tony Eisenberg out of the running because he was born Anatoly Eyzenberg in the former Soviet Union. Lawyers for Councilman Dominic Recchia, backed by Brooklynís Democratic political machine, charged that Eisenberg was trying to mislead voters about his national origin.

Jews On James Davis: 'He Crossed Ethnic Lines'

08/01/2003
Staff Writer
Hours after returning from a solidarity mission to Jerusalem, James E. Davis rose in the City Council chamber last August to voice support for several pro-Israel resolutions on the day's agenda. "I went to Israel with an open mind, as someone who grew up reading about King David," said Davis, a minister and former cop who was then in the middle of his first year representing Brooklyn's 35th District, which includes Prospect Heights, Fort Greene and part of Crown Heights.

Racial Flap At Shul In Flatbush

07/25/2003
Staff Writer
For seven years Gwendolyn Graham had made the 35-minute Sabbath walk from her home in Mill Basin to the Young Israel of Vanderveer Park, a diverse Brooklyn congregation known for welcoming black converts like herself to Judaism. Noting that the synagogue's rabbi, Joseph Rosenbluh, often lamented "the way some white Jews look at Jews of color," Graham (who often took her 9-year-old granddaughter Rivka Leah along) said she "enjoyed the services and felt a connection. He didn't make any distinction between one Jew and another."

Staten Island's New Flavor

07/18/2003
Staff Writer
When Tima Ashurov decided to open a restaurant specializing in Eastern European delicacies, he never considered Brighton Beach. The south Brooklyn mecca for Russian immigrants is already teeming with eateries. It's not his scene. "It's a different mentality there," says Ashurov, who emigrated from Nal'chik, in Russia's Caucasus region in 1990.

Bloomberg's Jewish Appeal

07/11/2003
Staff Writer
In the midst of pushing a plan that could boost the significance of ethnic affiliations over party labels, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is planning his first official visit to Israel. Bloomberg, a Jewish Republican sinking ever deeper in the polls, plans to visit the Jewish state this fall, around the same time a Charter Review Commission will decide whether to hold a referendum to eliminate party affiliations in city elections.

Feud Over Dear Council Bid

06/20/2003
Staff Writer
Brooklyn voters were treated to an unusual spectacle last year when Assemblyman Dov Hikind went all out to help former Councilman Noach Dear win a newly created state Senate seat. "I did everything possible to help him win," Hikind recalls. The turn of events seemed to be a turning point in the relationship between the city's best-known Orthodox politicians, both Borough Park Democrats, who rarely seemed to have anything in common other than their shared constituency and are often considered rivals.

Mayoral Reprieve For JCCs

06/06/2003
Staff Writer
In a rare display of budgetary reversal, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has agreed to restore $1.6 million in funds to aid the elderly, most of which will go to the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty. Bloomberg announced the restoration of the Extended Services Program to the Department for the Aging's budget at Met Council's annual legislative breakfast Sunday.

Throw Book At Lemrick, Judge Urged

05/30/2003
Staff Writer
A panel of lawyers working with the family of Yankel Rosenbaum was to formally call on the government this week to seek a stricter sentence for his killer than conventional law allows for civil rights violations. Rosenbaum's brother, Norman, said he was working on a memorandum to the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District, Roslynn Mauskopf, detailing theories that might prevent the expected release of Lemrick Nelson Jr. from prison within a year.

Brother To Push 'Yankel's Law'

05/23/2003
Staff Writer
Jewish leaders, frustrated and pained by the split verdict in the federal retrial of Lemrick Nelson, are searching for a course of action as a clearer picture emerges of the tense deliberations that led to the verdict. Nelson was convicted of civil rights charges in the Crown Heights killing of Yankel Rosenbaum in 1991 but absolved of causing the chasidic man's death.
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