New York

NYU Interfaith Vigil Honors Orlando Victims

For Jewish students, the Orlando shooting hits close to home.

06/16/2016 - 14:00
Editorial Intern

Five days after NYU’s Jewish community gathered over 150 students outside of Max Brenner in Union Square to commemorate the four Israelis killed in a Tel Aviv terrorist attack last week, they were mourning once again. This time, NYU’s Jewish students were standing with the rest of the NYU community to honor the victims of the Orlando shooting.

NYU poster outside Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Photo courtesy of Arielle Braude and Lina Gamerman

The Fight Over Jewish Hospitals

Beth Israel and the twilight of a cause.

06/16/2016 - 11:30
Associate Editor

Of all the student demonstrations, back in the 1960s and ’70s, surely only Jewish student demonstrations, from New York to San Francisco, protested against Jewish hospitals. More specifically, the student uprisings challenged the allocation of charity dollars to non-Jewishly specific causes, such as medical centers, rather than to Jewish education and causes such as Soviet Jewry, a cause asking for as little as $10,000, pocket change for the major donors to what was then known as the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies.

Beth Israel Medical Center. Wikimedia Commons

NY Congregation To Appeal Ruling On Historic Touro Synagogue

06/15/2016 - 12:22

Congregation Shearith Israel in New York will appeal a federal court ruling last month stripping its control of the historic Touro Synagogue in Rhode Island.

Congregation Shearith Israel. Wikimedia Commons

Brooklyn Math Professor Has Sired 22 Children Through Donated Sperm

06/15/2016 - 11:59

A Brooklyn mathematics professor who offers his sperm for free to lesbian couples and single women has sired 22 children over the past 18 years, sometimes procuring the sperm in a Target men’s bathroom.

Ari Nagel offers his sperm for free to lesbian couples and single women. JTA

Orthodox LGBT Center Addressing ‘Quiet Emergency’

Congregation Beit Simchat Torah opens new home to ‘community’s most vulnerable.’

06/15/2016 - 08:05
Staff Writer

Hannah Simpson, 31, a transgender woman, waits at the entrance of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST), New York’s oldest gay congregation, on Sunday afternoons and Thursday evenings, prepared to greet teen visitors with a smile and words of encouragement.

A sign for the new safe space for gay Orthodox Jews at CBST in Chelsea. Courtesy of JQY

LGBT Leaders Here Mixing Sorrow With Action

In wake of Orlando rampage, ramping up security and a new urgency on gun laws.

06/14/2016 - 17:18
Staff Writer

Just hours after the shooting rampage at an Orlando gay nightclub that left 49 dead and 53 injured, Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST), the oldest and largest LGBT congregation in New York, joined a vigil in the West Village with hundreds of others to mourn the victims and unite in solidarity with other faith leaders.

	Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum at a vigil mourning the victims of the Orlando shootings in front of the Stonewall Inn. Courtesy of CBST

How Healthy Is The American Synagogue?

06/14/2016 - 16:48

At the heart of American life lies the ongoing push and pull between the individual and the collective. Think jazz and baseball, for starters.

Rabbis Elliot Cosgrove, left, Joy Levitt, Jeremy Kalmanofsky and Neil Kurshan: Jewish life in the age of Pew.

A Tie-In To Deli History

06/14/2016 - 14:49

Father’s Day and overstuffed pastrami sandwiches are like Christmas Eve and fried wontons.

This year, you can surprise your pastrami-craving dad with a pastrami-printed necktie, to go along with his favorite sandwich. Ted Merwin, author of “Pastrami on Rye: An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli” who writes about theater and culture for The Jewish Week, has created a literal tie-in to his award-winning book, available for Father’s Day.

Would a mustard stain ruin this tie? Courtesy of Ted Merwin

Making Waves Over Pool Hours For Frum Women

Reasonable religious accommodation or discrimination?

06/08/2016 - 10:57
Associate Editor

Few places in the city were as placid as the old indoor municipal pool on 261 Bedford Avenue during the early morning hours, 90 minutes, along with two hours on Sunday afternoon, designated for women’s swimming. At 9:15 a.m., about a dozen chasidic women show up seeking a “modest” chance to swim without men looking at the women in their inherently immodest bathing suits. In late May, after two decades, the pool suddenly ended the women’s swim on orders from the city’s Human Rights Commission, acting on an anonymous complaint that the commission wouldn’t specify.

Jonathan Mark

Jewish-Muslim Dialogue Requires Brutal Honesty

06/07/2016 - 19:10

Many in the Jewish community are skeptical, if not openly critical, of Jewish-Muslim dialogue efforts, often asking, “Where are all the moderate Muslims?”

Hartman Institute’s Rachel Jacoby Rosenfield moderated a discussion between Imam Abdullah Antepli, center, and author Yossi Klei
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