New York

Twin Points Of Light

04/22/2004 - 20:00
Staff Writer
When the Jerusalem Open House was being developed, Danny Savitch didn’t expect it to be very big. Even Savitch, one of its founders, wondered how a gay community center would be accepted in one of the world’s most religiously conservative cities. Seven years later, with as many as 200 people attending support and social groups each week, “we are much more successful than I thought. I didn’t know that so many people would use our services,” Savitch says.

Rosh HaShanah Rabbi Flap

09/23/2004 - 20:00
Staff Writer
In a sign of how sensitive the issue of homosexuality is within traditional Judaism, a young, traditional congregation in Park Slope, Brooklyn, is losing the backing of its supporting religious institution because it invited an openly gay Orthodox rabbi to give sermons during Rosh HaShanah, The Jewish Week has learned. Days before Rosh HaShanah, the Union for Traditional Judaism, a breakaway group from the Conservative movement, delivered an ultimatum to The Montauk Minyan: either rescind its invitation to the rabbi or lose their support.

After Narrow Victory: Quick Action Seen On Budget In Bloomberg III

The first mayor to win three terms since Ed Koch was re-elected in 1985, Bloomberg is faced with reducing a shortfall as high as $12 billion in his first two years in office, causing great anticipation, and anxiety, about his post-election budget cuts<

11/03/2009 - 19:00
Assistant Managing Editor

No alternate text on picture! - define alternate text in image propertiesNarrowly overcoming discord over his manipulation of the city’s term limits law, with the benefit of a record-breaking self-financed war chest, a re-elected Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected to take quick action on the looming budget deficit as he heads into his third term.

The Rabbi-To-Be Gets A Title Shot

Lubavitch middleweight Yuri Foreman is primed to make boxing history.

11/03/2009 - 19:00
Staff Writer

The verbal sparring starts as soon as Yuri Foreman begins his training session.

Foreman, a native of Belarus who moved with his family to Israel at age 10 to escape anti-Semitism, and then to New York City at 19 alone to prepare for a boxing career, is a fighter with a rare pedigree  — a top-ranked light middleweight contender and a rabbinical student. As perhaps befits a guy who pores carefully over religious texts, he is a ring tactician so cautiously methodical that critics call him Yuri “Boreman.”

Foreman, right, training in Brooklyn, fights for world title next week. Michael Datikash

Still Marching For The Cause

09/02/2004 - 20:00
Staff Writer
It was close to 70 years ago that Evelyn Chasan bought a sharp royal-blue suit with a boxy jacket at Klein’s, the fabled department store on Union Square, and wore it to a May Day rally in support of unions and workers’ rights in the adjacent park. The memory came back to her on Sunday as she joined hundreds of thousands of others to march in sweltering heat and demonstrate deep opposition to the re-election of President George W. Bush.

NJPS Credibility Questioned

11/21/2002 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Leading demographers are raising serious doubts about the credibility of the long-awaited $6 million National Jewish Population Study 2000, now that its sponsor has shelved the findings pending an investigation into the loss of some research data.

Nevison Defense, Prosecution Spar

04/04/2002 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Even before Cantor Howard Nevison’s trial begins, the defense and the prosecution are clashing over the case’s timing. Nevison, who is employed by Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan, was arrested last month on charges that he sexually abused his young nephew, the son of the clergyman’s brother. Another Nevison brother was found guilty of abusing the same boy and is serving time in a Pennsylvania state prison. That man’s son, a cousin of the victim, pleaded guilty on similar charges and is now out on parole.

Free To Eat

02/28/2002 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Time was, Jews at Passover would feel they were wandering in a culinary desert, nourished only by syrupy wine, leaden loaves of gefilte fish and seemingly endless sheets of matzah. But with the recent introduction of foods like kosher-for-Passover pasta, granola and even pizza, members of the tribe have found their way into a gourmand’s promised land rich with chocolate-flavored milk and honey-sweetened cereals, where gastronomic deprivation is no more.

Emanu-El Criticized Over Cantor Case

02/28/2002 - 19:00
Staff Writers
Experts in sexual ethics violations among clergy are criticizing Temple Emanu-El for the way it has handled the arrest of its cantor, Howard Nevison, on charges that he sexually abused his young nephew. “It’s a huge mistake that they kept him on” after Nevison brought the issue to the attention of synagogue leaders, said Dr. Samuel Klagsbrun, director of the pastoral psychiatry program at the Jewish Theological Seminary, which ordains rabbis and cantors.

Panel: Offending Rabbis Must Pay The Price

02/07/2002 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Richard Joel was unequivocal: one strike and you should be out. The head of the Jewish campus organization Hillel, and chairman of the commission convened to look into the Orthodox Union’s mishandling of the misdeeds of former youth leader Rabbi Baruch Lanner, said any religious leader behaving in a sexually or physically abusive manner should be kicked out of whatever position he inhabits. “It’s a no-brainer,” said Joel. “Leadership is a right, not a privilege.”
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