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Maccabi Tel Aviv Coming To The Garden


As part of an athletic tradition that is becoming an annual autumn ritual for Jewish sports fans, the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team will again play exhibition games in the United States. A game at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Oct. 4, at 12:30 p.m., against Euroleague Basketball rival Emporio Armani Milan, will follow an Oct. 1 contest between the two teams in Chicago’s United Center.

Maccabi Tel Aviv

As KJ Returns To A Restored Shul, Rabbi Passes The Torch

Four years after a fire damaged Kehilath Jeshurun, the building reopens with a revamped space and a new senior rabbi.

Staff Writer

In June of 1958, 26-year-old Rabbi Haskel Lookstein sat on the bima of Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun and delivered his first sermon as the Upper East Side Modern Orthodox congregation’s assistant rabbi.

Congregants of Kehilath Jeshurun carry Torah scrolls during the dedication ceremony. Courtesy of Kehilath Jeshurun

Media Mogul Drops Major Moolah On Daughter’s Bat Mitzvah

Parents throw $1 million-plus bat mitzvah for NJ teen.

Editorial Intern

Lots of girls say their bat mitzvah is like a roller coaster, what with the hours of preparation, stage fright and the hugs when it's all over. But one recent party featured a roller coaster simulator, along with Nick Jonas and giant bird cages.

The bat mitzvah party via

‘Who Ever Heard Of Drums In A Shul?’

How music and meditation jazzed up Jewish life on Fire Island.


It was Friday evening and the cantor, wearing a leopard-print top and gladiator sandals — including one with a with a tambourine affixed to it — greeted the congregants at Shabbat services with a smile. She encouraged them to pick up the percussion instruments left on the chairs, along with the prayer books.

Basya Schechter and Rabbi Shaul Magid preparing to welcome congregants to an interactive Shabbat service. Batya Ungar-Sargon

High Holidays For Millennials, But Far From Shul

Groups improvising content, venues to meet young Jews’ ‘desperate search’ for meaning.

Staff Writer

Jon Leener, an Orthodox rabbinical student, always attended synagogue over the High Holidays, but this year he’ll be hosting services a little closer to home — in his living room.

BASE Hillel’s Jon Leener, left, and Avram Mlotek in Mlotek’s living room. Courtesy of BASE Hillel

N.Y. Times Public Editor: Iran Deal Graphic ‘Inappropriate’


The New York Times’ public editor called a graphic about the Iran nuclear deal that singled out Jewish lawmakers “insensitive and inappropriate.”

Margret Sullivan addressed the issue Friday in her column a day after the graphic titled “Lawmakers against the Iran deal” was posted online and published in the newspaper.

Three Dead In Catskills Car Crash

LES 9/11 first responder, wife, and future son-in-law die after SUV rolls over Sunday afternoon.


A Jewish 9/11 first responder, his wife and his daughter’s fiancé have been killed in a car crash in the Catskills.

An Eruv Will Come To Southampton

Suffolk town accepts state court’s ruling that allows creation of halachic boundary.

Staff Writer

Torah-observant residents of Southampton will be able to push baby carriages and wheelchairs on Shabbat and Yom Kippur.

Yeshiva U. Finalizes Deal Over Control Of Medical School


Yeshiva University has finalized an agreement to transfer the operations and finances of its medical school to the Montefiore Health System.

A building on the Bronx campus of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. JTA
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