New York

Jewish Outrage In Crown Heights

05/20/2008 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor
Outraged by a continuing series of violent attacks against Jews in Crown Heights, hundreds of protestors from the Chabad-Lubavitch community rallied last Friday in the Brooklyn neighborhood outside the local police precinct calling for a greater police presence and the ouster of the precinct commander.

Lanner To Be Released From Jail Next Week

Rabbi Baruch Lanner, in a New Jersey state prison for three years, will be on parole for four years. New Jersey Department of corrections
01/03/2008 - 19:00
Editor and Publisher
After serving nearly three years for sexually assaulting two teenage girls in his charge in the mid-1990s, Rabbi Baruch Lanner, the former yeshiva principal and a longtime leader of the Orthodox Union’s National Conference of Synagogue Youth, is scheduled to be released from a New Jersey state prison next week, The Jewish Week has learned. The rabbi, 58, was sentenced to up to seven years and has been in custody at Southwoods State Prison in Bridgeton for 35 months, following his conviction for criminal sexual contact.

Nonpartisan Bill A Non-Issue

10/09/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
In their efforts to scuttle a ballot referendum that would eliminate primary elections, drastically diluting the value of party labels, the state Democratic Party has been sounding warning alarms about the rise of demagogues. The party's leaders note that amending election law to create nonpartisan races in the city has been a top priority for radical activist Lenora Fulani, who has been accused of anti-Semitism and is a frequent candidate for office. They accuse Mayor Michael Bloomberg of kowtowing to Fulani by pushing the initiative through a charter revision commission.

A Pioneer Of Tzedakah Steps Down

01/10/2008 - 19:00
Editor and Publisher
Danny Siegel, sometimes known as The Pied Piper of Tzedakah or The Mitzvah Heroes Man, whose one-time decision to collect and distribute charitable funds for Israel turned into a three-decade, multi-million-dollar effort to seek out and help individuals and groups committed to personalized acts of kindness, is calling it quits. Sort of.

The Sukkah Kings

10/09/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Walk into any Home Depot, and youíll find ordinary, non-contractor types loading up on tools and materials for do-it-yourself projects. But when it comes to sukkahs, the trend is just the opposite. The stock and trade these days is in simple products that can be assembled in a matter of minutes. "People don't want to build by themselves anymore," says Sukkah Depot's Nir Weiss, an Israeli who comes to New York each fall to ply the sukkah trade. "With the new designs, there are no tools, no screws. Just pieces that connect."

'Shock To The System'

10/02/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
The day after Ruchama Clapman appeared on a Jewish radio program to discuss issues raised by two chasidic runaways, the phones were ringing off the hook at MASK, the organization she founded to address at-risk youth in the Orthodox community. Clapman had given the number of a hotline for parents who are concerned that their children, mostly teenagers, may be straying from what is known as "the derech," or path of what is considered appropriate behavior in strictly observant or chasidic communities.

Holiday Healing

09/25/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
During Sunday's morning minyan at Young Israel of Vanderveer Park in Brooklyn, Rabbi Joseph Rosenbluh darted around the run-down sanctuary, stepping over aluminum pans that catch water from the leaky roof, helping daveners find the appropriate page in the book of Selichot. When he read the prayers himself, the rabbi said later, the words had particular resonance. "I ask God not to punish me for my sins, and to let me learn from them," he said, pointing to a spot in the book. "Remove the factors in my life that cause me to make bad judgments."

Child Without A Country

09/18/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Precisely where 1-year-old Menachem Zivotofsky was born seems unlikely to be a matter that could impact U.S. Mideast policy or the peace process. But Menachem's father, Ari, is hoping to use the baby's American passport to shift the way the State Department views Jerusalem and revise its longstanding ambiguity about the city's status. The passport, issued in December 2002 at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, lists Jerusalem as Menachem's place of birth with no reference to a country. Officials refused a request by his mother, Naomi, to add Israel.

Distinguished Service

09/11/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
When 2nd Lt. Jonathan Zagdanski arrived in Kuwait last January, he found himself on an urgent supply mission. The kosher meals he had arranged back in Fort Benning, Ga., hadn't arrived, and the supply officer in Kuwait City knew nothing about it. "I had to bust his nuts for two weeks to get me my meals," Zagdanski said. "He got so sick and tired of me, he showed up with a truck": enough meals to feed a kosher battalion, if there was one. Word spread about the food, and dozens of gentile soldiers suddenly turned kosher.

Primary Concerns

09/04/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Expect few surprises as New Yorkers head to the polls Tuesday in an unusual primary held only two years after the last citywide election. The races for City Council were prompted by district changes based on the decennial census. Candidates for Civil Court also will be chosen. Most Council members who face primary challenges are likely to cruise to re-election, observers say.
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