New York

In New Year, A Last Chance

09/04/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
On a small table on the bima, across from a locked Torah ark, next to an English-Hebrew chumash, lies an Ezras Torah Luach for 5763, the Jewish year that ends this month. The palm-sized luach booklet is a synagogue's annual guide to Torah readings, candle-lighting times and other religious details. Jason Rosenberger hopes he'll need one for 5764.

Not Everyone Has 'Moved On'

09/04/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Lauren put on her makeup the other day. She dressed appropriately for her meeting, left her apartment, and showed up on time at an office near Greenwich Village. It sounds like an ordinary day. But for Lauren, a 39-year-old artist who lost most of her business on 9-11 and was displaced for several months from her home near the World Trade Center, it was extraordinary.

Power Of Community

08/21/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
New York's Jewish community, like the rest of the city, did not panic when the nation's biggest power blackout struck last week. It went al fresco.

Return To Tegucigalpa

08/21/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
The dedication of the new synagogue in Tegucigalpa on Sunday has special significance for one visitor from New York City. Michael Jordan, from Riverdale, who was among a few dozen local volunteers who helped repair the old synagogue's Torah scroll that was damaged in Hurricane Mitch, was in the Honduran capital for a week three years ago for the sefer Torah's rededication. And he was there for a month 19 years ago, after his birth.

For Honduras Shul, A New Beginning

08/21/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
A few hours after Shabbat services one Friday night in October of 1998, the heavens over Tegucigalpa opened up. Hurricane Mitch struck Honduras, killing some 7,000 people in the country and flooding the capital. The city's synagogue, one and a half blocks from the Choluteca River was inundated with water; the roof collapsed and walls buckled; one Torah scroll was carried away by the torrent.

The Very Definition Of Hadassah

07/17/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Bernice Tannenbaum's lifetime in Hadassah, highlighted by international meetings with presidents and prime ministers and other heads of state, began with a Hadassah board member's fiat in a Kew Gardens living room.

Saving Cemeteries Here And Abroad

05/15/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Jack Goldfarb's first memories of Staszow were second-hand. As a child in Philadelphia, the son of immigrants, he heard his parents' stories, in Yiddish, about landsmen in Staszow. He heard about heroic relatives in that market town in south-central Poland who defied the Nazis during World War II and paid with their lives. He heard about the postcards with news of the mishpocha crammed in tiny Yiddish letters that would arrive several times a year, until the war started.

On Solid Ground

03/20/2003 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Yisrael Schachter was a bystander during Operation Torah Shield, when a few hundred students from Yeshiva University and Stern College for Women flew to Israel on the eve of the 1991 Gulf War on a solidarity and learning program. "I was too young," in elementary school, he says. His father, Rabbi Hershel Schachter, a rosh yeshiva at YU, and three sisters joined the mission. During Torah Shield II, during Intifada II a year ago, Schachter was a participant.

Teaching Safety First

03/13/2003 - 19:00
Staff Writer
In the weeks before Passover, the thoughts of many Jewish families turn to the guests they'll invite to the seders and the holiday dishes they'll shlep out of storage. Some New York Jews will think about appliance cords and electrical outlets. As part of its mandate to educate the Jewish community about fire safety, The Ahava Project will distribute Passover-related safety warnings at several local Jewish day schools prior to the first seder on April 16.

Take My Exodus, Please

03/06/2003 - 19:00
Staff Writer
The suitcase is a fraud. It is small and leather and tattered, sky blue, and Yossi Wassa, sitting on a dark stage, hugs it to his chest. Ethiopian music plays lightly in the background, and Wassa, thin with dreadlocks and open-necked cotton shirt, begins speaking. He talks about his days as a child in a Jewish family in northern Ethiopia, his 430-mile trek by foot and donkey to Sudan, his memories of the Operation Moses airlift to Israel in 1985, his arrival at an absorption center in Netanya. But he came to the Promised Land empty handed. The suitcase is a prop.
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