New York

A Star That Shines For Some

02/16/2007
Staff Writer
As more and more Orthodox Jews moved into the Five Towns in the last two decades, store owners had one choice: close on Shabbat or lose Orthodox customers.

Crunching The Jewish Numbers

02/09/2007
Staff Writer
Two new reports released this week paint a new picture of the American Jewish community, suggesting it numbers more than 6 million — not the 5.2 million reported by the United Jewish Communities’ 2000-2001 study — and that the high rate of intermarriage is creating “two Jewries.” “The gaps between the in-married and intermarried are so large and persistent that it seems we are developing into two distinct populations: the in-married and the intermarried,” wrote sociologist Steven M. Cohen.

Warning To Conservative Jews: Don’t Eat That Pizza!

02/09/2007
Staff Writer
A survey of Conservative clergy released last week found that more than 80 percent eat warmed fish in non-kosher restaurants, prompting the chairman of the movement’s rabbinic kosher subcommittee to begin writing a legal opinion that will likely restrict what Conservative Jews may or may not eat in non-kosher restaurants.

Charges Of Anti-Semitism In Upstate Yeshiva Plan

01/26/2007
Staff Writer
The action this week by the upstate Village of Pomona just north of Monsey to limit the size of college dormitories is evidence of “overt, direct, anti-Semitic discrimination” aimed at a proposed $350 million Orthodox rabbinical college in the village, according to the college’s lawyer. The law adopted Monday night by the village’s trustees, limits the size of college dormitories to 20 percent of the size of the total square footage of the college’s buildings.

Five Towns Vaad Offers A Deal

11/17/2006
Staff Writer
The Vaad Hakashrus of the Five Towns and Far Rockaway has told Gourmet Glatt Emporium that it would resume supervision of the Cedarhurst, L.I., kosher supermarket if the owners brought in a partner it could approve. "The only way the Vaad will physically supervise the premises wherein Gourmet Glatt is located is if it will have a partner it will trust, [thereby] ensuring kashrut to the Five Towns community," said Franklyn Snitow, the Vaad's lawyer.

Talk Gains Of Peace Initiative

11/03/2006
Staff Writer
Even as Israeli troops mounted their largest raid on Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip since the June 25 abduction of an Israeli soldier, there was continued talk about a prisoner exchange that could be linked to the jump starting of regional peace talks.

Eisen Fears Division Over Gay Issue

11/03/2006
Staff Writer
As a rabbinical committee of the Conservative movement prepares to decide next month whether gays and lesbians should be admitted to the rabbinical school, the school's incoming chancellor confessed to having some concerns. "It's a very important matter but I don't want it to divide us," Arnold Eisen, chancellor-elect of the Jewish Theological Seminary, told more than 400 people at Temple Beth Sholom in Roslyn, L.I., Tuesday night.

Dr. Laura, Gays Clash

03/10/2000
Associate Editor

Dr. Laura Schlesinger, whose top-rated radio show dishes out ìtough loveî for her callersí ìmoral dilemmas,î has come under increasing attack by gays of late. They are charging that her persistent critique of homosexuality is ìinviting gay children to see themselves as less than fully human.î

At issue, in part, is Judaismís views on homosexuality, which Dr. Laura, an observant Jew, cites as a source for her opinions, though rabbis are divided along denominational lines on the issue.

Unorthodox Coverage

03/10/2000
Staff Writer

Even as Israelís anti-Orthodox propagandists keep exporting films like ìKadosh,î which depicts Orthodox rituals in a state of spiritual squalor, particularly with regard to women ó of course ó let it be known that there are newspapers, far from Israel, that treat traditional Judaism with respect bordering on admiration. For example, in California, The Sacramento Bee (Feb. 7) reports on Sacramento Jews joining in a nationwide mikveh revival.

The Politics Of Apology

03/24/2000
Staff Writer

Why is it,î Pope John Paul II once remarked to reporters during a papal trip and related in Newsweek (March 11, web edition), ìthat it is only the pope who must apologize?î

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