New York

Coalitions And The Clubhouse

Staff Writer
Stepping out the door of his Nostrand Avenue campaign office on Tuesday, state Sen. Carl Andrews took a minute to express pride in the diverse coalition backing his congressional bid. “Who else can bring together Eliot Spitzer on the left and Dov Hikind on the right, and Tom Duane on the left and Rhoda Jacobs on the right, and David Dinkins on the left and Carl Kruger on the right?” asked Andrews as he stepped out into a light drizzle.

Most Jews Backed Joe

Staff Writer
Heading to the polls as fighting between Israel and Hezbollah intensified last week, hundreds of undecided Jewish Democrats in Connecticut may have decided to back Sen. Joe Lieberman rather than his primary challenger, Ned Lamont. Although Lieberman narrowly lost by an overall margin of 52-48 percent in a race that saw a higher-than-usual turnout of 45 percent, an exit poll of 2,669 voters by CBS News and the New York Times showed him winning 61 percent of the Jewish vote.

Comptroller Seen Ready To Act On Iran Divestment

Assistant Managing Editor
William C. Thompson, who as city comptroller is custodian of five pension funds with nearly $95 billion in assets, is likely to soon announce a limited divestment from stocks in some companies that do business with Iran, The Jewish Week has learned.

Building A Future?

Associate Editor

If they build it, who will come?

That seems to be the high-stakes, $20 million roll of the dice Lincoln Square Synagogue is prepared to take as its membership will soon vote on a plan to tear down its famous ìshul in the roundî and erect what would be the first new synagogue building on the West Side since, well, Lincoln Square itself, in 1970.

State Of The Protest

Staff Writer
Most American Jews may support Ehud Olmert’s troubled West Bank realignment plan, or at least bear their misgivings quietly. Jonathan Silverman isn’t one of them. The 23-year-old Brooklyn resident stood with the Jews of Amona last spring when they were forcibly evicted from the illegal West Bank settlement and plans more trips to the area to oppose any further removal of settlers.

The Tangled Politics Of Identity

Staff Writer
Sitting down at an Atlantic Avenue diner recently, Chris Owens was none too pleased about an interview the previous night on a Jewish radio program.

Dancing In The Street

Associate Editor

A month that has already seen terror alerts for New York subways, along with ongoing alerts for numerous public spaces, will also see local synagogues dancing into the streets on Simchat Torah.

The dancing may seem spontaneous on the night of Oct. 25 and the next morning, but many shul officials have already begun checking in with their local police precincts, who in turn are awaiting approval from the police intelligence division downtown.

Modern Orthodox Think Tank To Fold

Staff Writer
Nine years after Edah took up the challenge of reversing what it called a “separatist trend” within Modern Orthodoxy, the think-tank announced this week that it is winding down its operations, hoping to pass on its work and most successful programs to others. While not exactly declaring its mission accomplished, Edah’s founder, Rabbi Saul Berman, said this week he was proud of achievements that exceeded expectations, while noting that much more work needs to be done.

Democrats’ Orthodox Push

Assistant Managing Editor
When the National Jewish Democratic Council convenes in Washington for its annual conference next week, organizers will be hoping for a larger share of kipot in the audience.

Satmar Slugs It Out

Associate Editor

Like the sukkah being dismantled on the sidewalk in front of his Williamsburg shul, the Satmar rebbeís family and empire are in ghoulish disarray.

Rebbe Moshe Teitelbaum, 91, has been in and out of hospitals because of strokes and ailments.ìHe has good days and bad days,î a relative told a confidante, but the good days retreat faster than wintry daylight.

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