New York

Past, Present Merge On Yom HaShoah

04/12/2002
Staff Writer
The winds of change were in the air at the annual Gathering of Remembrance marking Yom HaShoah Sunday. The ceremony, at Temple Emanu-El on Manhattan’s East Side, marked the first year that the Museum of Jewish Heritage-Living Memorial to the Holocaust organized the event, sponsored for over 40 years by the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors. “The time has come for a younger generation to carry on the tradition,” said Benjamin Meed, chairman of the Warsaw Ghetto Resistance Organization, who has presided over the event since its inception.

Sharpton To Jews: Help Me In Sudan

05/04/2001
Staff Writer
Seeking broad support for his initiative to fight slavery in Sudan, the Rev. Al Sharpton is turning to Jewish philanthropists for help and challenging communal leaders to end their ban on meeting with him, asserting that Jews and blacks should work together for this cause. “I will meet with them any time, anywhere, and whatever things I have said or done that are injurious or wrong, I will deal with because that’s real leadership,” said Rev. Sharpton in an interview last week. “Give me the bill of particulars.”

No ‘Crown Heights’ In 2001 Race

03/30/2001
Staff Writer
Crown Heights is dead. That’s the consensus among a range of political observers and activists as the first mayoral race in a decade without an issue of pivotal concern in New York’s Jewish community takes shape. The four days of rioting that shook the biracial neighborhood nearly 10 years ago — leaving two men dead, dozens hurt or victimized and a major metropolitan Jewish community gripped with fear of vulnerability after a chasidic driver accidentally killed a black child — figured prominently in the 1993 and 1997 races.

Steps In Jewish Outreach

03/16/2001
Staff Writer
Mark Green mentioned that his grandfather, Nathan, escaped Czarist Russia in a wheelbarrow. Alan Hevesi noted that had his father remained in Hungary, he would have been born in a Budapest ghetto where “a substantial number of my family was killed” in the Holocaust. Fernando Ferrer spoke about bringing the Bronx back from the brink, while Peter Vallone boasted that “nothing happens in the City of New York unless I’m involved in it.”

Praying With The Stars

02/24/2006
Staff Writer
Although she was deeply involved in Jewish life, Sandy Cahn didn’t consider herself a shul person. “I did not ever go to synagogue, even though I had a strong Jewish background,” says Cahn, who has been a lay leader of numerous communal organizations. Recently, following a tragedy in her life, she began attending Shabbat services at the New York Synagogue “to find some solace.”

City Vows No Cuts In Senior Meals

05/21/2004
Staff Writer
A pending change in the delivery of meals to thousands of homebound seniors in the Bronx won’t affect the supply of kosher fare, says the commissioner for the Department for the Aging. “There will be no interruption in service,” Commissioner Edwin Mendez-Santiago told The Jewish Week Tuesday. “Every single senior who requests a kosher meal will continue to get one.”

Inside Hasbarah Central

04/19/2002
Staff Writer
It’s 7 a.m. Monday, a time when many people are still sluggish. But even before his morning coffee, Alon Pinkas seems to be at the top of his game, sitting in the glass-enclosed Fox News Channel studios on Sixth Ave. “The Arab League has done less to help the peace process than the National Football League,” Israel’s consul general tells Fox’s Steve Doocy.

Hate By The Numbers

04/12/2002
Staff Writer
In what may be a surprising development given worldwide trends, anti-Semitic incidents in the United States in 2001 dropped 11 percent to the lowest point in more than a decade, according to the Anti-Defamation League’s annual audit. California saw the biggest decline — more than 50 percent — among the 40 states where incidents were recorded. New York was second, with a 15 percent drop, although the Empire State led the nation with 408 acts of intolerance.

The Betrayal Of Borough Park

04/12/2002
Staff Writer
Check the registration rolls, and the people of Borough Park will turn out to be overwhelmingly Democrats. But if you have walked around the most densely Jewish community in the five boroughs during recent major elections, you are likely to have seen mostly signs and bumper stickers reading “Pataki” or “D’Amato,” “Giuliani,” or “Bloomberg,” Republicans all.

Murder In Midwood

03/01/2002
Staff Writer
The murder of a rabbinical student on a busy shopping strip in Midwood, Brooklyn, Monday night immediately set off fears of an anti-Semitic attack or a spillover of Mideast violence in the heavily Jewish community. But police on Tuesday had all but ruled out the possibility that Avner Abensour, 26, had been attacked because he was a Jew. “At this point it has not been deemed a bias incident,” said Lt. David Nadel, the NYPD’s liaison to the Jewish community.
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