About 400 14- to 18-year-olds from 23 different youth and church groups spread out across Long Island May 7 to perform different tasks at 14 different not-for-profit organizations in the fifth annual Unity in the Community Day of Community Service for Teens sponsored by the Suffolk Y JCC in Commack.
Looking out at all of the men in the audience wearing yarmulkes at the Board of Jewish Education's conference room in Manhattan, Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi said he knew they would understand when he compared his Democratic gubernatorial primary campaign against Attorney General Eliot Spitzer as a "case of David versus Goliath."
The longstanding battle between the World Jewish Congress and Isi Leibler, an ousted senior vice president, has moved to the Israeli courts, and grown even more heated. With the WJC having filed a $6 million slander suit against him some weeks ago, Leibler responded in court papers this week, asserting that his charges of financial improprieties against the charity were born out by the recent findings of the New York Attorney General. Both sides blame the other for the fact that the WJC has suffered from a loss of donations.
In what they acknowledge is their "last chance" to benefit from the $1.25 billion Swiss bank settlement with Holocaust survivors, groups of American survivors asked the U.S. Supreme Court Monday to consider hearing their appeal of the way in which a Brooklyn federal judge has ordered the money allocated.
The dramatic new push by the Reform movement towards the conversion of gentiles who are married to Jews is "on the right track" but is not going far enough, according to the author of the first qualitative study of the issue.
The author, Brandeis University sociologist Sylvia Barack Fishman, told The Jewish Week that she believes conversion should be the ultimate objective of outreach to intermarried couples.
Although there are no diplomatic relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, New York University’s plans to open a campus in its capital, Abu Dhabi, is being welcomed by Israeli and Jewish faculty.
State of Israel Bonds, which in November suddenly cut its workforce by 20 percent and closed three offices to erase a budget deficit, now plans to add staff and offices as part of its largest reorganization ever: one that has eliminated the familiar $500 and $1,000 bonds.
In the eyes of Leo Rechter, president of a local survivors group, the lawyer appointed by the court to represent needy survivors in the distribution of the $1.25 billion Swiss bank settlement was really the judge's lawyer, not theirs.
Rechter, of Hillcrest, Queens, said attorney Burt Neuborne fought the American survivors "every step of the way" as they sought a larger share of the settlement money. And he contends that Neuborne consistently maintained he was working without a fee.
Although charities have reportedly spent two-thirds of the record $3.27 billion in disaster relief money raised for the victims of Hurricane Katrina last August, the United Jewish Communities still has more than half of the $28.5 million it raised and plans to spend it for human needs during the next two years, the organization said this week.
When a real estate management company in Lakewood, N.J., had several 500-page leases from previous landlords to review, its bookkeeper began calling local attorneys and asking them to examine the leases and prepare five-page abstracts.
"I found that attorneys were booked and that it would take them a long time to do it," the bookkeeper, Rina Yakubovsky, recalled. "And they wanted to charge an arm and a leg."