New York

HUC Closes New York Kollel

06/28/2007 - 20:00
Staff Writer
The New York Kollel, a 12-year-old adult education program that has met at the Reform movement’s rabbinical seminary in Manhattan and offered advanced yeshiva-style studies from a non-denominational, non-Orthodox perspective, is giving its last classes this summer. Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, which has housed and helped support the Kollel since 1995, announced this spring that it would close the program, following a two and a half year “strategic planning process” that found the Kollel to be a financial drain.

Gentrification Eats Up Kosher Bakery

06/21/2007 - 20:00
Staff Writer
A cup of coffee and a Danish. For the last 20 years, lunchtime for Rabbi T. has meant a two-and-a-half block walk from one Lower East Side institution, Mesivta Tifereth Jerusalem, the yeshiva where he teaches Talmud, to Gertel’s, a kosher bakery where he buys a snack and sits at a small table, reviewing a Hebrew text. (Many members of the haredi community are publicity-shy.) Starting Monday, Rabbi T. will have to get his lunch somewhere else.

Honoring The Rebbe’s Memory

06/21/2007 - 20:00
Staff Writer
For 24 hours this week, the Cambria Heights neighborhood of Queens became one of New York City’s biggest Jewish areas.Some 50,000 Jews visited the neighborhood on Tuesday. That day — Tammuz 3 on the Hebrew calendar — was the 13th yahrtzeit of the late Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the seventh and last rebbe of the Chabad-Lubavitch chasidic movement. Buried next to Rabbi Yosef Schneersohn, his predecessor and cousin, Rabbi Schneerson is interred in a covered plot of the Old Montefiore Cemetery, the Ohel, which has become a pilgrimage site since 1994.

At 100, He’s Still Giving

04/21/2005 - 20:00
Staff Writer
On a Friday in January 1973, Jesse Perlstein retired from his job as a district manager for the Robert Hall men’s clothing chain. The following Monday morning he walked to the Samuel Field Y, a few minutes from his home in Little Neck, Queens, and signed up as a volunteer. The next morning he walked to the Marathon Jewish Community Center, his synagogue a few minutes away, again to volunteer. Thirty years later, Perlstein is still donating his time.

Finally, Shul Web Sites Coming Of Age

10/13/2009 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Gil Mann can’t recall what the old Beth El Synagogue Web site used to look like. “I don’t think it was heavily used,” he says. And it certainly wasn’t pretty.

When Beth El, a 1,200-family synagogue located in St. Louis Park, Minn., began to think strategically about its future two years ago, a fresh Web site was a crucial component of the emerging plan.

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For Now, Hebrew Charter School Is ‘Sababa’

10/13/2009 - 20:00
Associate Editor

Yaron Gal-Zur might as well be a rock star, as far as his adoring first-graders are concerned.

Singing “Bo nireh mi yoshev yafeh,” Hebrew for “come, let’s see who is sitting nicely,” he ushers his blue-and-white clad brood from their round tables and brand-new blue chairs to a rug and asks them, in Hebrew, how they are.

Yaron Gal Zur’s first graders are quickly absorbing Hebrew. “My kid comes home and he’s just running to do his homework,” says o

TABC Mock Trial Team Already Winner

04/13/2005 - 20:00
Staff Writer
The students on the mock trial team of Teaneck’s Torah Academy of Bergen County, who won the New Jersey Mock Trial Championship last month, won their biggest decision last week — they’ll be able to compete in the national championship in May. This time, they didn’t argue their own case. The finals of the National High School Mock Trial Championship were to be held Saturday, May 7, in Charlotte, N.C. The members of the Modern Orthodox day school team could not compete, if they progressed that far, because of Shabbat.

Y Be Jewish?

04/13/2005 - 20:00
Staff Writer
About three dozen young Jews will meet at a French restaurant in downtown Toronto the first Monday evening in June. Over dinner, for several hours, they will discuss some issues of current Jewish life. Very few, if any, of the participants in the Jewish salon belong to a synagogue or any other Jewish organization.

The Pope’s Jewish Knight

04/07/2005 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Last week, a rare manuscript of one of Maimonides’ major works returned from an exhibition in Germany to its home in the Vatican Library. According to the library’s procedures, two years must pass before one of its loaned artifacts is allowed outside again. In September, the Maimonides manuscript, written by a scribe in the 15th century, will go on display in Jerusalem.
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