New York

Burglars Plaguing Brooklyn Shul

12/22/2005 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Bernie Lazar dreads answering his phone these days if it rings in the morning. The president of Bnai Zion of Midwood fears it will be news of another break-in at the 75-year-old congregation, which has been targeted seven times in less than two months, most recently early Monday morning. "It's so heart-wrenching when I get these calls at 6 in the morning," says Lazar, a Bnai Zion worshiper for more than 50 years.

Touro Students Fighting Web Limits

12/15/2005 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Upset about what they view as excessive restriction of Internet use at a Queens campus of Touro College, some students are bypassing a filter system at the Lander College for Men's dormitory that blocks search engines. Although greater access is allowed elsewhere at the Orthodox college in Kew Gardens Hills, the filter is meant to prevent students from accessing content through the dorm's free high-speed access system that the administration deems morally inappropriate or likely to cause distraction from learning.

Win For East Hampton Rabbi's Critics

12/08/2005 - 19:00
Staff Writer
After thwarting an attempt to oust them on Sunday with an 11th-hour court order, trustees at The Jewish Center of the Hamptons say they will reach a decision early next month on whether to renew their rabbi's contract, a matter that has bitterly divided the opulent Reform congregation. "The board will make a decision in January about whether it wants to extend the rabbi's contract and submit it on Feb. 26 for a membership vote," said Laura Hoguet, the lawyer representing the trustees.

Scaling The Pro-Israel Wall

11/17/2005 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Jerusalem: On a dusty, rock-strewn hilltop where the East Jerusalem Jewish neighborhood of Gilo faces the Arab towns of Beit Jala and Bethlehem, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton strolled with Israeli Col. Dani Tirza Sunday morning to a point that overlooks the Middle East's most controversial chunk of concrete.

Mayor Mike's Mandate

11/10/2005 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Edmond Levy walked into his 93rd Street polling place on the Upper West Side with a strong sense of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's record. "He's done so much for the city," said Levy, 35, carrying a steaming cup of Starbucks coffee as he headed to cast his vote in the final hours of Election Day. Levy, who works in real estate sales and management, praised the mayor for "rezoning parts of the city to increase development and creating additional jobs for employers." He added, "Whatever he is doing is on the right track."

Bloomberg's Comfort Level

11/03/2005 - 19:00
Staff Writer
It should have been no surprise that Mayor Michael Bloomberg chose to make his first campaign appearance with his predecessor, Rudolph Giuliani, at a breakfast to which more than 1,000 Jews had been invited at the Hyatt last Friday. By packing the room with Jews, a great number of them Orthodox, Bloomberg was assured a hearty and enthusiastic response from a crowd that was enamored of him and his fellow Republican and erstwhile chief executive.

Ferrer: No Minority Set-Asides

10/27/2005 - 20:00
Staff Writer
If elected mayor, Fernando Ferrer would not seek to shift the way the city contracts social services with non-profit community groups through quotas to include more minority-run agencies, the Democratic nominee told The Jewish Week in an exclusive interview. Ferrer said he was confident that Jewish organizations and others were effectively serving people of all ethnic groups. "When I was borough president of the Bronx, there were Jewish social service organizations that were serving not merely the Jewish community," he said.

Ognibene: I'd Downsize City Government

10/27/2005 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Tom Ognibene was knocked out of the Republican primary by petition challenges from Mayor Michael Bloomberg's campaign, but he remains on the ballot as the Conservative Party candidate. Ognibene was a City Councilman for 10 years until 2001 representing Middle Village and other parts of Queens, and he was the Republican minority leader for seven years. He is currently practicing law. Ognibene spoke to The Jewish Week in a phone interview Monday about his campaign. Jewish Week: Without enough money to advertise, how are you able to get your message out?

The Politics Of Security

10/13/2005 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Whether or not politics was involved, Mayor Michael Bloomberg's decision this week to inform the public of a terror threat that was later discredited shifted the focus of the fast-moving campaign to security issues.

Spitzer Seeking Reform From The Outset

11/09/2006 - 19:00
Assistant Managing Editor
Eight years after he entered elected office by the narrowest of margins, Eliot Spitzer was elected New York's governor on Tuesday with an overwhelming mandate from voters, the state's first Democratic executive in 12 years and the first Jew to hold the office since Herbert Lehman 64 years ago.
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