Faced with an operating deficit of $3 million to $4 million in the United States, State of Israel Bonds unexpectedly slashed its workforce Monday by 20 percent and closed its Long Island office along with two others, the largest cutback in its history.
Although the organization said sales would not be hurt, a source familiar with the Long Island operation insisted it would have a "major impact."
After more than 40 years of conducting worship services in rented space at Congregation Ohab Zedek on the Upper West Side, the Yom Kippur service held this week by the city's only Austrian congregation appears as though it will be its last.
Ohab Zedek officials say their congregation needs the space and the Austrian congregation consistently fails to attract a minyan.
The Austrian Consulate, in an effort to help keep the Austrian Jewish heritage alive here, has offered its assistance as the Austrian congregation seeks a new site for Sabbath and holiday services.
Israelís economy is reeling. Unemployment is high, the state coffers are empty, 3,000 teachers are laid off, and thereís a 30-billion shekel deficit (Haaretz, March 17). Yes, we in America can ìbuy Israeli,î but thatís like throwing pennies in a fountain. Well, we dutifully tell each other, Israel is doing all she can.
For 300 years chasidism has been synonymous in the public mind with a fervent Orthodox flamboyance that could find transcendence in everything from a fallen leaf to a Yom Kippur whistle. At a three-day conference last week in Manhattan, a ìneo-chasidic flagî was planted in the Jewish landscape, with more than 200 fervently liberal Jews staking a claim to chasidismís mysticism and passion, shamanism and eros, authenticity and defiance.
They called it the next great trend in Jewish spirituality.
It may well be the most exquisite moment on television this season, and the most simple. Alone on a bare stage, before a live audience, Rabbi Irwin Kula, shaggy haired and without a tie, sings the transcripts of telephone calls from the doomed of 9-11 using the bittersweet melody of Tisha bíAvís Lamentations.
Looking at his papers as if they were a prayer, Rabbi Kula softly chants, ìHoney, something terrible is happening. I donít think Iím going to make it. I love you, take care of the children.î
National Public Radio has no trouble seeing right and wrong in dozens of other issues, but when it comes to Israel, NPR gave both Palestinian and Israeli historians ìan opportunity to explain how they see it differently.î
For its series last fall on ìMorning Edition,î ìThe Mideast: A Century of Conflict,î researched and reported by veteran NPR News correspondent Mike Shuster, that approach earned the Lowell Thomas Award from the Overseas Press Club.
Khaled J., leaning against a wall in the gloomy light of the Bronx County Courthouse, says he has nothing against Jews.
ìI used to work for Jews, at Main Event,î a kosher pizza place in Riverdale. ìI made your falafel, your kosher pizza. We never had trouble. That was before.î Before this war started in the fall of 2000. ìMy nephew, heís on trial for who he is.î
Last yearís Salute to Israel Parade sparked a furor when The New York Times ran a photograph of an anti-Israel placard amid the thousands of Israel supporters ó a posed shot for which the Times later clarified as a mischaracterization of the rally.
For this yearís salute, starting at 11 a.m. Sunday, the parade committee is trying to ensure the focus stays on Israel support rather than a pocket of protesters.