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A World Of Yiddish Converges On N.Y.

Weeklong Kulturfest features theater companies from Poland, Romania, Israel and more.

Special To The Jewish Week

On the Lower East Side at the turn of the 20th century, the Yiddish stage was such a staple of Jewish life that audiences were said to consume “broyt mit teater” — bread slathered with theater. Next week, the only Yiddish theater company that still survives from that era, the Folksbiene (now called the National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbiene) serves up Kulturfest, a multi-course offering of Yiddish music, theater, film and dance, including Yiddish stage companies from around the world.

“Bonjour Monsieur Chagall,” from Poland. Courtesy of Ester Rokhl and Ida Kaminska Jewish Theatre

Stop-And-Frisk: A New Take

As city murder rate spikes, top criminologist tweaks his ‘hot spots policing’ approach.

Staff Writer

During the year that criminologist David Weisburd walked the beat with New York City cops in the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Sunset Park and Windsor Terrace back in 1985, he noticed something peculiar: Crime was concentrated in just a few blocks.

David Weisburd: His innovative strategy grew out of research on Brooklyn streets. Via

Conservative Leaders Rap Rivlin On Ceremony

Movement’s top officials here call out president on bar mitzvah exclusion.


World leaders of the Conservative/Masorti movement criticized Israeli President Reuven Rivlin’s decision to host a joint bar mitzvah for physically disabled boys under the exclusive auspices of an Orthodox rabbi.

Riverdale ‘Sauna’ Rabbi May Be Leaving His Pulpit

Board votes to seek a settlement with Jonathan Rosenblatt and have him step down.

Editor and Publisher

In the wake of a controversy over Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt’s practice of inviting boys and young men to shower and share the sauna with him, it appears that his three-decade tenure at the Riverdale Jewish Center may be coming to an end, The Jewish Week has learned.

Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt

ADL Slams Rockland County Candidate’s Ad As Anti-Orthodox


The Anti-Defamation League is slamming an advertisement for a candidate for Rockland County sheriff as highly offensive for its negative portrayal of Hasidic Jews.

Sauna Rabbi’s Congregants Circulate Petition Urging Him To Resign


At least 44 members of a New York synagogue are calling for the resignation of their rabbi, whose custom of inviting young men to meet with him naked in a sauna has brought extensive media attention.

Boxer Miguel Cotto Sports Unorthodox 'OU' Tattoo

The tat's not exactly kosher, but doesn't present any major copyright or kashrut problems, the rabbi says.

Editorial Intern

There’s no question that boxer Miguel Cotto’s swift knockout of Daniel Geale in Saturday night’s World Boxing Championship makes him the one to beat. But does it make him kosher?

Cotto sports a tattoo of the Orthodox Union’s kosher symbol, a circle with the letter “U” in the middle, near his right collarbone. Elie Seckbach of the boxing website ES News reports that Cotto chose the emblem as a tribute to a Jewish friend in New York. 

Miguel Cotto at a weigh-in in 2010. Wikimedia Commons

American Pharoah’s Orthodox Jewish Owner Walks To Track To See Triple Crown Victory


The Orthodox Jewish owner of American Pharoah walked to the track to see his horse claim the first Triple Crown in nearly four decades.

American Pharoah, ridden by Victor Espinoza, crossing the finish line to win the Preakness Stakes in May, 2015. JTA

Sauna Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt Responds To N.Y. Times Story


Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt asserted his innocence in his first public comment since the publication of a New York Times article about his practice of inviting young males to join him for naked heart-to-heart talks in the sauna.

Rosenblatt letter

'The Fat Jew' Reveals His Book Cover

Editorial Intern

Josh Ostrovsky is just a nice Jewish boy with an affinity for perfectly captioned memes and perpendicular ponytails. At least, that’s what his 4.4 million Instagram followers will tell you. Known as “The Fat Jew” across social media platforms, Ostrovksy’s posts run the gamut from adorable animals in costume to profanity-filled candid photos from all corners of the Internet.

Money, Pizza, Respect
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