New York

Reform Draws Fire For Muslim Outreach

09/06/2007
Staff Writer
On the eve of the 9/11 anniversary and with Jewish-Muslim tensions running high over the opening of the nation’s first Arab-language public school in Brooklyn, the head of the Reform movement is proposing a far-reaching dialogue with a major Muslim group. The suggestion by Rabbi Eric Yoffie, president of the Union of Reform Judaism, is believed to be the first such outreach by a major American Jewish religious denomination. The group is the largest synagogue body in the U.S. with 1.5 million members.

Day Schools Fear Drain From Charters

09/03/2007
Staff Writer
A Hebrew-English public school that opened last week in Hollywood, Fla., is leading to fears among some Jewish day school administrators nationwide that it could drain students from their institutions. The school also came under withering criticism this week from those who suggested it was deceptive and questioned its motives, saying it might confuse parents into believing it was offering a Jewish education for free.

‘Feminist Moment Of Truth’

01/16/2008
Staff Writer
Ms. Magazine’s rejection of an ad celebrating three Israeli women leaders has prompted Jewish feminists here to charge that the magazine has adopted an anti-Israel posture. “This is a feminism that has been utterly Palestinianized,” said Phyllis Chesler, one of five Jewish feminists who lashed out at the magazine this week.

Tu b’Shevat Chef

01/16/2008
Staff Writer
Ilan Hall, best known as last year’s winner of Bravo TV’s highly rated show, “Top Chef,” was put to the ultimate challenge last weekend — prepare a breakfast dish using the seven species (grains and fruit) associated in the Torah with the Land of Israel.

Millions Diverted From School Guards

10/11/2002
Staff Writer
Only $8 million of the $20 million raised from American Jews to provide security guards for Israel’s schoolchildren will be used for that purpose, The Jewish Week has learned. “Something doesn’t smell good,” said Hilik Goldstein, a spokesman for the Union of Local Authorities, which is hiring the guards for Israel’s 124 municipalities and who revealed the funding cutback.

From Tribe Member To Team Member

01/09/2008
Staff Writer
The first pro baseball player in the United States was a Jew: New York City native Lipman Emanuel Pike, who played the outfield for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1866. Another top Jewish sports star of the 1800s was one of the first great college All-Americans — Phil King, who played halfback and quarterback at Princeton in the 1890s.

Local Conservatives Join The Kosher Biz

12/19/2007
Staff Writer
The first group of Conservative rabbis in the New York area to provide kosher supervision for an area restaurant has been formed in Suffolk County after the eatery’s owner said the Orthodox supervision he had was so costly he couldn’t make a profit.

Laying Groundwork To Celebrate Israel’s 60th

12/12/2007
Staff Writer
Two Israeli educators arrived here this week to encourage young Jews to take an interest in Israel as it marks its 60th birthday. Their arrival coincides with the release of a survey that underscores the fact that younger Jews have less of an emotional tie to Israel.

Long Island Lights Up

12/05/2007
Staff Writer
Menorahs, latkes and dreidels — the staples of Chanukah — were in abundance this week as the Festival of Lights was celebrated in homes, synagogues and public spaces. Preschoolers at the Sid Jacobson JCC in East Hills (at right, top) prepared for the holiday by making menorahs and a giant dreidel. And the JCC called upon the Roslyn Highlands Fire Department for help in lighting its 18-foot menorah, which sits on the JCC’s front lawn at 300 Forest Drive and is said to be the largest freestanding menorah on the Island.

Healer, Educator, Mensch

12/05/2007
Staff Writer
When he was a rabbinical student at the Hebrew Union College in New York, Steven Moss received a call from the New York Board of Rabbis asking if he would visit a 19-year-old man dying from leukemia. Moss was 23. “I went to the hospital and the family was in the room. I took his hand and he looked up at me and said, ‘Rabbi, where is the justice in what is happening to me?’ I had no training in chaplain care, but I looked at him and said, ‘I would be a fool to give you an answer.’ A little while later I said a prayer and left.
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