New York

District Split Roils Brighton Beach

12/27/2002
Staff Writer
Some residents of Brighton Beach are angry over a new redistricting plan that would remove the heavily immigrant Brooklyn neighborhood from its current City Council district, possibly diluting its political power. But others in the area are welcoming the change because it could amount to increased clout for Russian-speaking immigrants, who would be a concentrated presence in two districts rather than one.

Closed Chapter

11/01/2002
Editor & Publisher
‘One People, Two Worlds,” the title of the current book by a Reform and an Orthodox rabbi exploring the issues that divide them, proved to be all too accurate this week when the Orthodox author, Yosef Reinman — under pressure from religious leaders in his haredi community — canceled a 17-day, 17-city book tour that was to begin Sunday with co-author Ammiel Hirsch.

Weathering The Pluralism Wars

02/20/1998
Editor & Publisher
Two leading rabbis, one Conservative and the other Modern Orthodox, called for alliances between their movements last week, even while strongly criticizing the other’s views on pluralism, conversion in Israel, and the chief rabbinate there.Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary and a leading voice of the Conservative movement, and Rabbi Shlomo Riskin of Efrat, Israel, engaged in a spirited dialogue Feb. 11 before an overflow crowd at Lincoln Square Synagogue, the Manhattan congregation Rabbi Riskin founded more than three decades ago.

Tenure Tension

12/27/2002
Staff Writer
Jewish students at Brooklyn College are standing behind a beleaguered history professor who claims his ongoing problems with the administration began when he protested alleged anti-Israel bias in a campus forum two months after 9-11. About a quarter of some 500 students who signed a petition in defense of associate professor Robert "K.C." Johnson said they were backing him because of his stance on the November 2001 teach-in, said Daniel Weininger, a BC senior who founded Students Against Academic Terrorism, an ad hoc group supporting Johnsonís bid for tenure.

Can Rockland Star Shine In Albany?

12/20/2002
Staff Writer
by Adam Dickter
Staff Writer In 1997, when he was 23, Ryan Karben was elected to the Rockland County Legislature during his second year at Columbia Law School. Four years later, 10 fellow Democrats named him majority leader. Last month he was elected to the state Assembly.

Can Rockland Star Shine In Albany?

12/20/2002
Staff Writer
by Adam Dickter
Staff Writer In 1997, when he was 23, Ryan Karben was elected to the Rockland County Legislature during his second year at Columbia Law School. Four years later, 10 fellow Democrats named him majority leader. Last month he was elected to the state Assembly.

More Hurdles For Hillary

10/27/2000
Staff Writer
Hillary Rodham Clinton's new link to a Hamas supporter threatens to rock the first lady's Senate campaign at a time when Clinton can least afford another controversy, and as Jewish voters are more focused then ever on Israel's security. Reports of a campaign fund-raiser for Clinton by the American Muslim Alliance, whose leader backs armed struggle against Israel, could upset the momentum she was seen as gathering among Jews. Her campaign had been hoping for a quiet two weeks until the Nov. 7 face-off with Republican Rick Lazio.

A Primary Primer

08/19/1998
Staff Writer
The hottest races in Brooklyn this year concern a variety of different offices and a multitude of issues. But almost all of them have one thing in common: The Jewish names on the ballots. In races from Congress to Assembly to Civil Court judge, the bumper crop of Jewish candidates for election and re-election reflects the boroughís bustling Jewish population and its growing political influence.

Mideast Violence Spills Into Brooklyn

10/06/2000
Staff Writer
Amid signs of a ripple effect of Middle East tensions in New York, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani called on Jewish and Arab leaders to work together to keep the peace here. Some 45 Arab and Jewish leaders gathered at City Hall Wednesday morning in the wake of a series of suspected bias attacks that may be linked to the current violence in Israel and the Palestinian-controlled territories.

Hillary's New Comfort Zone

10/06/2000
Staff Writer
It was barely noticed, but Hillary Rodham Clinton took a significant step, albeit a clumsy one, while campaigning in Queens last week. Addressing a group of elderly Holocaust survivors, the first lady and Senate candidate noted that her friend and supporter, Rep. Tom Lantos of California, was always "kavelling" about his grandchildren. With a little coaching, Clinton might have properly pronounced the Yiddish word for boasting (kvelling). But the utterance was still a milestone in Clinton's long and tumultuous courtship with Jewish voters.
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