Only $8 million of the $20 million raised from American Jews to provide security guards for Israel’s schoolchildren will be used for that purpose, The Jewish Week has learned.
“Something doesn’t smell good,” said Hilik Goldstein, a spokesman for the Union of Local Authorities, which is hiring the guards for Israel’s 124 municipalities and who revealed the funding cutback.
The first pro baseball player in the United States was a Jew: New York City native Lipman Emanuel Pike, who played the outfield for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1866.
Another top Jewish sports star of the 1800s was one of the first great college All-Americans — Phil King, who played halfback and quarterback at Princeton in the 1890s.
The first group of Conservative rabbis in the New York area to provide kosher supervision for an area restaurant has been formed in Suffolk County after the eatery’s owner said the Orthodox supervision he had was so costly he couldn’t make a profit.
Two Israeli educators arrived here this week to encourage young Jews to take an interest in Israel as it marks its 60th birthday. Their arrival coincides with the release of a survey that underscores the fact that younger Jews have less of an emotional tie to Israel.
Menorahs, latkes and dreidels — the staples of Chanukah — were in abundance this week as the Festival of Lights was celebrated in homes, synagogues and public spaces.
Preschoolers at the Sid Jacobson JCC in East Hills (at right, top) prepared for the holiday by making menorahs and a giant dreidel. And the JCC called upon the Roslyn Highlands Fire Department for help in lighting its 18-foot menorah, which sits on the JCC’s front lawn at 300 Forest Drive and is said to be the largest freestanding menorah on the Island.
When he was a rabbinical student at the Hebrew Union College in New York, Steven Moss received a call from the New York Board of Rabbis asking if he would visit a 19-year-old man dying from leukemia. Moss was 23.
“I went to the hospital and the family was in the room. I took his hand and he looked up at me and said, ‘Rabbi, where is the justice in what is happening to me?’ I had no training in chaplain care, but I looked at him and said, ‘I would be a fool to give you an answer.’ A little while later I said a prayer and left.
Rabbi Anchele Perl wants to turn lemons into lemonade.
Not only does he expect to rebuild the lower level of his synagogue, Beth Sholom Chabad in Mineola, after the damage caused by last July’s flash floods, but he plans to turn it into the Chabad Center for the Arts.
Instead of just replacing what was lost in the flood — 4 ½ feet of water filled the synagogue’s lower level causing $300,000 worth of damage — a raft of multi-media equipment is being installed.
When David Isler and his wife, Esther, were looking to move from their home in Kew Gardens, Queens, to a house on Long Island, they sought out small Orthodox communities where “everybody knows everybody and is warm and friendly.”
And the $25,000 cash incentive one of them offered didn’t hurt.
Rabbi Michael Melchior is well aware that the odds are against him succeeding in his effort to improve Israel-diaspora relations. “Most issues that come across my desk will fail,” the Israeli minister of Israeli Society and the World Jewish Community told The Jewish Week in an interview here on Monday.