New York

The Rev. Abraham Lopes Cardozo, 91; Longtime Cantor

03/02/2006 - 19:00
Staff Writer
The Rev. Abraham Lopes Cardozo, a descendant of a prominent Dutch Jewish family who served as a cantor for more than six decades and worked to preserve the musical traditions of Spanish and Portuguese Jewry, died Feb. 21 in Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan. He was 91, and had been in poor health since fracturing a hip last year.

Getting His Olympic Goal

03/02/2006 - 19:00
Staff Writer
One goal, no gold. Mathieu Schneider accomplished only half of what he had hoped to at the XX Winter Olympics in Turin, which ended this week. Schneider, the only Jewish player on the American hockey team and one of only a few Jews in the National Hockey League, had played in one previous Olympics, in 1998 in Nagano, Japan. The Americans finished out of the medals there, and Schneider, a defenseman who has scored nearly 200 goals during an 18-year NHL career, did not score.

Specter Of Dinkins Injected Into Mayoral Race

At 11th hour, safe streets now an issue, thanks to Giuliani; will it help or hurt Bloomberg?

10/20/2009 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Rudolph Giuliani’s much-maligned comments at a Jewish breakfast Sunday, implying the city might fall into anarchy under Democrat William Thompson, have placed Mayor Michael Bloomberg in a bind.
The aura of continuing his predecessor’s tough-on-crime policies is vitally important to the incumbent’s re-election effort. Yet Bloomberg has struggled not to be seen as polarizing and divisive, the way much of the city views Giuliani’s eight-year tenure.
Race in the race? Giuliani’s comments before a Jewish audience in Borough Park Sunday were seen by some as fear-mongering

Not Your Grandfather’s Beit Midrash

Yeshivat Hadar, a new-look advanced learning center, is breaking gender and denominational ground.

10/20/2009 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Like thousands of men have done for hundreds of years, Rachel Druck is studying the prohibitions of Yom Kippur these days. In Aramaic, in the Talmud, in a yeshiva.
“A year of shaping myself”: Israeli Chana Kupetz is studying with a like-minded group of egalitarian Jews at Yeshivat Hadar. Mic

Rabbi Feivel Wagner, 58; Forest Hills Leader

02/16/2006 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Rabbi Feivel Wagner, spiritual leader of the Young Israel of Forest Hills, Queens, for more than two decades, died Feb. 7 in Booth Memorial Hospital from injuries he had suffered two days earlier during a fall in his Forest Hills home. He was 58. About 2,000 congregants and members of the community attended the funeral for Rabbi Wagner in the synagogue, many listening to the service broadcast outside on loudspeakers, before the rabbi's body was flown to Jerusalem for burial, said Nechemia Reiss, executive director of the congregation.

Racing To Rescue Falash Mura

02/16/2006 - 19:00
Staff Writer
In a small village in the Gondar section of northern Ethiopia, Joel Tauber witnessed a reunion last week. An Ethiopian Jew who left that village as a child two decades ago, walking hundreds of miles to neighboring Sudan to join an airlift that brought him and thousands of other Ethiopian Jews to Israel, returned home. With emotional hugs he met some old friends, members of Ethiopia's Falash Mura community, who are still living in the village.

To Take Or Not To Take

01/26/2006 - 19:00
Staff Writer
A wealthy Jewish businessman makes aliyah and donates to a Jewish cause, but questions arise about the businessman's background and he threatens to withdraw his donation. Then the businessman reconsiders. Often this would take place behind closed doors, away from the public view. When the businessman in question is billionaire Russian financier Arcadi Gaydamak, however, when the donation is $50 million, when the recipient Jewish organization is the quasi-governmental Jewish Agency, it's all been recorded in recent weeks in the Israeli press.

The Last 'Good Shabbos'

12/29/2005 - 19:00
Staff Writer
My father would never consider himself a religious man. Born in Berlin in a Jewish household that our family always called the most assimilated of the assimilated, he was raised without a Jewish education; his parents' home had a Christmas tree every December, but no Chanukah menorah. Fleeing with his family in 1938, he made a new life in the United States and established his own family.

God's Welterweight

12/08/2005 - 19:00
Staff Writer
This champ sees God in the speed bag, halacha in the heavy bag, and when he does his roadwork on the streets of Midwood, he feels the presence of the divine. And like the more famous Champ that came before him, one Muhammad Ali, this smaller, very Jewish champ can turn a phrase and deliver some lip. "Anyone who wants a good whuppin' from me is just going to have to wait until sundown [on Saturday]," says Dmitriy Salita, the "Star of David," as he's called in the boxing business.

Preston Robert Tisch, 79

11/17/2005 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Preston Robert Tisch, a member of the philanthropic Tisch family and co-owner of the New York Giants football team for 14 years, died Tuesday of brain cancer at his Manhattan home. He was 79. Mr. Tisch was the brother of Laurence Tisch, one-time chairman of CBS, who died in 2003. Together they built a multibillion-dollar business empire and donated to an array of institutions, including New York University's arts school and medical center, which are named for the Tisch family.
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