New York

Lanner Seeking New Trial

11/19/2004
Staff Writer
The lawyer for Baruch Lanner, the Orthodox rabbi convicted of sexually abusing two girls in his New Jersey religious school, presented arguments to that state’s Appellate Division of Superior Court this week that the verdict should be thrown out and a new trial ordered because the judge gave improper directions to the jury and should have separated the two cases.

Strengthening Catholic Ties

11/24/2004
Staff Writer
As a new Palestinian leadership begins to emerge along with the hope of a new era in Israeli-Palestinian relations, Israel’s ambassador to the Vatican has suggested that Israeli attention should now focus on improving relations with the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.

Big Givers Pay Off For UJA-Fed.

08/06/2004
Staff Writer
Using a one-on-one approach to fund raising rather than continuing to solicit a large number of low-end donors, UJA-Federation of New York raised a record $135.6 million for its recently concluded general campaign. “We changed the culture of this organization,” said Paul Kane, the organization’s senior vice president for financial resource development.

Reparations Finally In The Mail

08/06/2004
Staff Writer
Tens of thousands of Jews who were forced by the Nazis to perform slave labor each will receive a check of about $3,000 this week, the last half of the $7,500 the German government and industry agreed to pay them as part of the German Foundation settlement with survivors in 2000. The second payment was mailed and wired Monday to 130,681 survivors. The first payment took three years to process and mail.

Software Finding More Swiss Money

07/30/2004
Staff Writer
A new computer program to improve the chances of matching Swiss bank claims against dormant Holocaust-era accounts, plus a tentative agreement by Swiss banks to release the names of 5,000 more dormant bank account holders, may result in the return of up to $800 million to their rightful owners.

Extra Parade Security Pledged

03/29/2002
Staff Writer
As organizers of the Salute to Israel Parade prepare for upwards of 100,000 marchers on May 5 — what would be the largest in its 38-year history — they are also assuring participants that extra security precautions will be taken. “New York’s Finest have assured us that they are taking all necessary measures to ensure the safety of all participants,” said Ruth Kastner, executive director of the parade, who noted that state, federal and private security services would also be on hand.

Lucky To Be Alive

03/29/2002
Staff Writer
‘If I got what I deserved, I’d be dead.” With those words, a 21-year-old who just graduated from the Yatzkan Center, a 10-month residential drug treatment program in Amityville, L.I., told a group of 35 Jewish teenagers how drugs had destroyed the past seven years of his life. “Now I have to spend the next two years trying to get back to where I should have been,” he told the group. “I’m lucky; I can’t tell you how many of my friends have died.”

Hard Times For UJA-Fed Agencies

03/01/2002
Staff Writer
State and city funding cutbacks, combined with soaring insurance costs, have caused agencies in the UJA-Federation system to downsize, layoff employees and look at other ways to cut their budgets. “We all anticipate a very difficult time ahead,” said William Rapfogel, executive director of the Metropolitan New York Coordinating Council on Jewish Poverty.

Going It Alone

03/01/2002
Staff Writer
Ariel, Israel — Sam Rafaeli and his wife, Roni, used to drive regularly from their settlement home here to Tel Aviv to attend the theater and concerts. Not anymore. “It has been more than a year since I have been to a concert,” said Rafaeli, alluding to the start of the Palestinian violence in September 2000. “I had a subscription [to a concert series]; I gave it up.”

You Don’t Have To Be Jewish…

01/19/2007
Staff Writer
In what is being hailed as a dramatic shift in approach at the Jewish Agency, the organization that some Israeli Arabs have viewed as out to steal their land has agreed to support the New York-based Abraham Fund Initiatives in its efforts to teach conversational Arabic and culture to elementary school children in northern Israel.
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