New York

The Art Of Restoration

11/27/2007
Staff Writer
Rabbi Anchele Perl wants to turn lemons into lemonade. Not only does he expect to rebuild the lower level of his synagogue, Beth Sholom Chabad in Mineola, after the damage caused by last July’s flash floods, but he plans to turn it into the Chabad Center for the Arts. Instead of just replacing what was lost in the flood — 4 ½ feet of water filled the synagogue’s lower level causing $300,000 worth of damage — a raft of multi-media equipment is being installed.

Shuls Using Cash As New Lure

11/20/2007
Staff Writer
When David Isler and his wife, Esther, were looking to move from their home in Kew Gardens, Queens, to a house on Long Island, they sought out small Orthodox communities where “everybody knows everybody and is warm and friendly.” And the $25,000 cash incentive one of them offered didn’t hurt.

Tracks And Tractates

06/03/1999
Staff Writer
Standing with as many as 180 other Orthodox Jews in a Long Island Rail Road car en route to Manhattan, Michael Markovitch of Lawrence shook his head.

Delicate Dance Of Diaspora Relations

11/19/1999
Editor and Publisher and Staff Writer
Rabbi Michael Melchior is well aware that the odds are against him succeeding in his effort to improve Israel-diaspora relations. “Most issues that come across my desk will fail,” the Israeli minister of Israeli Society and the World Jewish Community told The Jewish Week in an interview here on Monday.

Tracks And Tractates

06/11/1999
Staff Writer
Standing with as many as 180 other Orthodox Jews in a Long Island Rail Road car en route to Manhattan, Michael Markovitch of Lawrence shook his head. “This is a phenomenal experience,” he said. “Only in New York could you experience something like this.”

Make Jewish Literacy A Priority

12/11/1998
Staff Writer
The single most serious threat to Jewish continuity in America is not intermarriage but Jewish illiteracy, according to Leon Wieseltier, literary editor of the New Republic and author of the recent, highly acclaimed book, “Kaddish.”

Gray Lady Saves Day

07/24/1998
Staff Writer
What a difference a half-block makes. The staff of The Jewish Week — working well into the night — completed much of this week’s edition at The New York Times late Tuesday night after police ordered an evacuation of The Week’s Times Square offices following the collapse of a construction elevator and 20 floors of scaffolding at a skyscraper being built across the street.

The Pricing Pulse

03/25/1999
Staff Writer
Sometime during the late 1980s, my family’s Passover seder table found itself embroiled in revolution. The cause of revolution had arrived one seder night disguised as an innocent gift from my uncle. This uncle bore a bottle of wine that, upon closer inspection, became an object of considerable suspicion. This bottle of wine, marked kosher yet bright pink, simply did not look Jewish.

Rabbis Create Cemetery Task Force

06/26/1998
Staff Writer
The New York Board of Rabbis has agreed to a union request to help resolve the 11-week-old strike and lockout of 340 cemetery workers at eight area Jewish cemeteries. At the same time, the rabbis said they hoped to resolve longstanding problems their congregants have encountered over the years at cemeteries.

Protecting ‘The Underdogs’

06/26/1998
Staff Writer
A $17,000 grant to provide counseling and vocational training to women victims of domestic violence was one of two gifts awarded last week by the 3-year-old Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York. The foundation, which itself just received a $500,000 grant from UJA-Federation to hire clerical staff and cover promotional expenses, also presented a $25,000 check to the New York Legal Assistance Group. The goal of both grants is to educate low-income Jewish women so they can become economically self-sufficient and reduce their dependence on welfare programs.
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