New York

Pitching Away Their Sins

09/12/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
It was a cast of thousands: of breadcrumbs. On Monday, the day after Rosh HaShanah, a few hundred Jews came from Lower Manhattan to perform the ancient ritual of tashlich. The name means "thou shalt cast," referring to the small pieces of bread or objects that are shaken from one's pockets and thrown onto a body of water, symbolizing the discarding of one's sins. This year the location was symbolic too: the Hudson River behind the Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, the site nearest to the destroyed World Trade Center.

A Day For Lamentations

09/05/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Two days after Rosh HaShanah this year comes another Yom HaZikaron. The first anniversary of the attack on America occurs during the Jewish Days of Repentance (the Jewish New Year is traditionally referred to by its Hebrew name, the day of memorial) and the Jewish community will join all Americans in honoring the memory of the 3,000 victims of Sept. 11, 2001.

A Scroll For NYC

08/22/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
On his first visit to New York City after the Sept. 11 attacks a year ago, Rabbi Boruch Shlomo Cunin, from Los Angeles, was talking with some fellow Lubavitchers about a Jewish response to terrorism. "What would the rebbe do?" one of the chasidim asked, referring to the late Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, leader of the Chabad movement. "The rebbe would give New York City a gift," was the answer.

Falash Mura Funds Dry Up

06/03/2008 - 20:00
Staff Writer
The fate of the fenced-in compound in northern Ethiopia that serves as the central feeding and education location for thousands of Falash Mura awaiting immigration to Israel is now likely in the hands of local Jewish federations. This follows the recent decision of the United Jewish Communities to halt its financial support of the programs, which became effective last week. The compound will have to curtail many of its activities to forestall closing the entire site, in Gondar, according to spokesmen for the North American Conference on Ethiopian Jewry.

Helping Hand For Argentina

06/20/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
The last time Rabbi Daniel Goldman, spiritual leader of the largest synagogue in Argentina, came to New York, he spoke at a Congregation B'nai Jeshurun shabbaton, describing the deteriorating economic situation of Argentine Jewry. That was in early December, two weeks before Argentina's economy collapsed into a black hole of unemployment and looting. This weekend Rabbi Goldman returns to B'nai Jeshurun. And, said Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein, the synagogue's Argentina-born senior rabbi, "the situation is even worse."

Where were you or your loved ones on 9-11?

06/09/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Where were you or your loved ones on 9-11? The Jewish Week, for an upcoming anniversary issue about the tragedy, is collecting memories of people who were affected by the terrorism, or were involved afterwards. If you would like to share your story, please contact Steve Lipman at (212) 921-7822, ext. 236; stevel@jewishweek.org. Or write him at The Jewish Week, 1501 Broadway, New York, NY 10036.

A Pass On Anti-Semitism

06/06/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Was bigotry a winner on Long Island? Some members of the Jewish communities in the Five Towns area think so, after a successful high school football coach who was accused of making anti-Semitic threats against a Jewish junior varsity coach last season received a vote of confidence from the administration and the Jewish coach's future remains unclear. Rumors about Jewish support for the head coach have divided part of the Jewish community, some observers say.

An Exercise In Unity

05/23/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Dr. Ada Berkowitz has demonstrated for Israel, last month in Washington. She has marched for Israel, earlier this month in the Salute to Israel Parade in Manhattan. Next week she will run for Israel, closer to her Queens home. Berkowitz, a pediatrician, will take part in the Run for Israel sponsored by Young Israel of Jamaica Estates on Memorial Day: Monday, May 27, 10:30 a.m. in the Cunningham Park area.

Crises Manager

05/23/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Steve Schwager took a few days' vacation last week before starting his new job. "And I spent a full day on the phone, and on-line," on business, he says: the needs of world Jewry can't wait. Schwager, 54, who was named executive vice president of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee this month, takes over at the organization that helps keep Judaism (and in many cases, Jews) alive in South America and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union and other Jewish communities that lack their own resources.

OSI Targets Queens Man

05/16/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
For most of the nearly six decades since the end of World War II, an SS training base 20 miles east-southeast of Lublin was, for the general public, a relatively minor footnote in the history of the Holocaust. In recent years, however, Trawniki has assumed a higher profile.
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