New York

Present At The Creation

05/16/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Talk about a job with growth potential. In 1952, Rabbi David Halpern (single and newly ordained by the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary at Yeshiva University) took what he thought was a temporary pulpit in a pioneer Brooklyn Jewish community later to be named Mill Basin. Congregants met in a store on Avenue N, paying the owner $5 per service. A daily minyan was hard to come by, but families were steadily trickling into the area from such fading Jewish areas as Brownsville and East New York.

'Too Jewish' For Fire Department?

05/16/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
A chasidic rabbi working for the Fire Department claims he has been prevented from performing chaplain duties, barred from ceremonies and denied a uniform while being told by a top official that he was "too Jewish." "They just don't want me to do anything," said Rabbi Mayer Birnhack, who began working as a chaplain with the city's Emergency Medical Service in 1988.

Pataki's Sights On Brooklyn

05/09/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Gov. George Pataki has been taking on a higher profile in Brooklyn's Jewish community than even some of the borough's elected officials. In the past two weeks the Republican, who announces his re-election bid this weekend, dropped in on Sephardic congregants at two Midwood synagogues on a Shabbat morning with Democratic Assemblyman Steve Cymbrowitz; toured the site of a future Holocaust center at Kingsborough Community College; and addressed a pro-Israel rally for Russian immigrants in Brighton.

Local Girl Scouts Rebel For Israel

05/02/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
They may not be eligible for a merit badge, but a group of Jewish Westchester Girl Scouts is earning Brownie points for guts. The grade-schoolers, told they could not march in uniform at Sundayís Salute to Israel Parade because the national Girl Scouts of the USA had declared the event too political, were ready to break camp with the Scouts. But the girls won't have to toss their cookies.

Time Up On Crown Heights Appeal

05/02/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
After five extensions of a deadline, federal prosecutors no longer have the option of seeking to reinstate the conviction of Lemrick Nelson Jr. in the death of Yankel Rosenbaum during the Crown Heights riots a decade ago. The clock ran out Friday, with no request from the Justice Department to present further arguments before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. A three-judge panel had ruled that Nelson was convicted by a racially gerrymandered jury. The appeals court will now return the case to Federal District Court in Brooklyn for a retrial.

New Push For Workplace Protection

05/02/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Even as he announced the settlement of discrimination claims against two major corporations, Attorney General Eliot Spitzer last week called for enacting the most comprehensive law in the nation to strictly define the accommodation employers must make for workers' religious observance. "The statute that is in place is inadequate at its root," said Spitzer, who was joined by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver at a press conference Thursday. "We need a better law or we will not be able to protect the rights of workers the way they need to be protected."

Girl Scouts Change Course On Israel Parade

04/25/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
They may not be eligible for a merit badge, but a group of Jewish Westchester Girl Scouts are earning Brownie points for guts. The grade-schoolers were determined to march in Sunday's Salute to Israel Parade, although the national Girl Scouts of the USA had declared the event too political. "These are young women who said that principle comes first, and they were ready to pay the price," said the activist Rabbi Avi Weiss. "God should bless them."

McCall The Critic

04/25/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
H. Carl McCall was among the chorus of critics who rapped Andrew Cuomo, his Democratic gubernatorial rival, for Cuomo's criticism of Gov. George Pataki's post-Sept. 11 leadership. But barely three months after the terror attack, the state comptroller was blasting Pataki's "lack of leadership and blunders" in seeking federal aid. Cuomo had caused an uproar last week by saying Mayor Rudolph Giuliani was the only leader following the catastrophe and that Pataki "held the leader's coat."

Open Ears At City Hall

04/25/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
After studying the executive budget proposal released by Mayor Michael Bloomberg last week, Jewish social service groups are giving his administration high marks for heeding their concerns about the city's elderly.

Dear To Back Rudy Senate Bid

06/10/1999 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Councilman Noach Dear, an ardent backer of President Bill Clinton in New York, will not back Clinton's wife for Senate here, The Jewish Week has learned. Dear is planning to support Mayor Rudolph Giuliani should he enter the race to succeed Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan in 2000, according to sources close to Dear. Dear has raised millions of dollars in the Orthodox community for the two Clinton campaigns and is likely to do the same for Vice President Al Gore in 2000. He traditionally backs Democratic candidates, but supported Giuliani's re-election in 1997.
Syndicate content