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Rachel Timoner Succeeding Andy Bachman As Rabbi At Brooklyn Congregation

02/09/2015
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 Rachel Timoner was named senior rabbi of Brooklyn’s Congregation Beth Elohim.

First Kosher Sausage Cart Hits NYC

The Jewish links, if you will.

02/09/2015
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In the mood for a kosher sausage? Today's your day. 

Kosher sausage cart hits NYC. Via flickr.com

Driver In Metro-North Crash Was Jewish Mother Of 3 From Scarsdale, N.Y.

02/05/2015
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Ellen Schaeffer Brody, a Jewish mother of three from Scarsdale, was identified as the driver of the SUV that caused a deadly Metro-North train accident in suburban New York.

Yeshiva University, Montefiore Merge Back On

Will YU finally be relieved of its financial woes?

02/04/2015
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The on-again, off-again merger between the Albert Einstein School of Medicine and Montefiore Health System is back on, according to statements released yesterday.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Wikipedia Commons

Lower Insider

A walking tour of the fast-disappearing Lower East Side with its unlikeliest chronicler.

02/04/2015
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To civic boosters, it’s the rejuvenated haven, once slum, known as the Lower East Side. To Clayton Patterson, on a bitter winter day, it’s a frigid burial ground.

Clayton Patterson with Nikki Russ Federman in Russ and Daughters, the iconic Lower East Side appetizing shop.

Questions Loom In Wake Of FEGS’ Fall

Amid calls for greater oversight, what agencies in the UJA-Federation network will pick up the slack?

02/04/2015
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In the teeth of the Great Recession, UJA-Federation of New York launched a program that offered a life raft of sorts for those who had lost their jobs and whose debts were mounting.

FEGS’ headquarters on Hudson Street. The agency lost nearly $20 million last year.  Michael Datikash/JW

From Berlin To Eritrea To The Lower East Side

Project Ezra volunteer follows in her grandfather’s footsteps.

02/03/2015
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Weekdays, Finann Tesfalasie makes her way along the streets of the Lower East Side, passing shuls and buildings that used to house shuls along with bodegas, Chinese restaurants and cafés that roast their own coffee beans. The German-born Tesfalasie, in New York for this year, feels comfortable in the neighborhood’s mix. People tell her how things have changed, but for her it’s all new.

Finann Tesfalasie visits with Helen Baker. Of her work, Tesfalasie says, “I can help a little. Only a little.”  Michael Datikash

New Round Of Layoffs At United Synagogue

Four executives fired in latest belt-tightening at Conservative congregational arm.

02/03/2015
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In the latest belt-tightening move made by a financially strapped Conservative movement, the United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism last week laid off four executives, among them some high-level USCJ employees.

Rabbi Steven Wernick: United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism is making cuts to concentrate on its “core functions.”

To Fund Expansion, JTS Selling Dorm Buildings

Conservative seminary plans for growth with expanded library, residence hall.

02/03/2015
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In a period of cutbacks by many Jewish institutions, the Jewish Theological Seminary last week announced plans to expand its Morningside Heights campus — it must sell some assets in order to grow, though.

Marc Gary, chief operating officer at JTS, anticipates that new facilities will increase enrollment.  Hannah Dreyfus/JW

Top Social Service Service Provider Abruptly Shuts Down

FEGS Health & Human Services is a long-time beneficiary of UJA-Federation of New York.

02/02/2015
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Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly reported that the Met Council on Jewish Poverty had closed. The Met Council is on strong financial footing and has no plans to close, a spokesman said. We regret the error.

According to Crain’s New York, Federation Employment and Guidance Service (FEGS) is closing its doors due to a $19.4 million loss last year.

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