New York

At Streit’s 90-Year-Old Lower East Side Factory, ‘The Men’ Turn Out Their Last Matzah Batch

02/26/2015

Seated in his Lower East Side office, in front of a large portrait of company patriarch Aron Streit, Alan Adler avoids becoming too nostalgic.

FEGS Hit With Unfair Labor Practice Suit

Meanwhile, vendors vent that agency hasn’t been paying them.

02/25/2015
Staff Writer

The union representing 1,400 FEGS employees charged FEGS Health and Human Health System, UJA-Federation of New York’s major social service agency, with engaging in unfair labor practices this week following its precipitous decision to close after discovering in December a $19.4 million deficit.

Robert Schulze, president of Moveco Moving Services in Jamaica, Queens. Courtesy of Robert Schulze

City Adopts New Metzitzah Policy

Consent form scrapped in deal with charedi leaders on circumcision ritual; suspected mohels to undergo DNA testing.

02/25/2015
Staff Writer

The de Blasio administration and a coalition of rabbinical leaders have seemingly met in the middle over the controversial circumcision ritual of metzitzah b’peh.

As PLO Victims Proclaim Justice, Collecting Millions May Be Elusive

Process likely to be complicated by political pressure, given PA’s standing.

02/25/2015
Staff Writer

The door has now been opened for a fresh look at pending civil suits in Israel against the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian Liberation Organization — as well as possible new suits here — after a Manhattan federal jury Monday found the groups liable for six terror attacks in Israel between 2002 and 2004 that killed and injured Americans.

Leonard Mandelkorn testifies at the federal trial here before Judge George Daniels. The attorney is Rachel Weiser.Jane Rosenberg

Concessions On Both Sides In City’s New Bris Policy

De Blasio drops consent form, Orthodox leaders agree to DNA testing for mohels suspected of giving babies herpes.

02/24/2015
Staff Writer

The de Blasio administration and a coalition of rabbinical leaders have seemingly met in the middle over the controversial circumcision ritual of metzitzah b’peh.

Each side has made concessions in the agreement, reached Tuesday, with the city dropping the parental consent form requirement and rabbinical leaders agreeing to ask mohels suspected of infecting infants with herpes following the ritual to undergo DNA testing that could lead to them being banned for life from the practice.

More than 100,000 chasidic and black hat Jews in Brooklyn believe a bris isn’t kosher without metzitzah b’peh. Getty Images

Trial Provides Glimpse Into PA Funding for Terrorists

Testimony traces how the authority glorified — and paid — terrorists and their families.

02/24/2015
Staff Writer

Monday’s decision by a Manhattan federal jury ordering the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian Liberation Organization to pay $655.5 million in damages for their part in six terror attacks between 2002 and 2004 that killed 33 and wounded 450 came after six weeks of testimony that shined a light on how the PA used financial rewards to encourage suicide bombings in Israel.

The case of female suicide bomber Wafa Idris, who appeared on this Time magazine cover, figured in the trial.  Content.time

Orthodox Groups Divided On New Pre-K Rules

Option to hold class six days a week called a good first step by some, unreasonable by others.

02/24/2015
Staff Writer

The de Blasio administration announced rule changes aimed at making it easier for Jewish schools to participate in its signature free universal preschool program. But Jewish organizations are divided on just how helpful these changes will be.

The city’s new rules will allow preschools to operate six days a week. But how many will want to?  Michael Datikash/JW

Non-Orthodox Struggle For Place In Rockland

Bid to create an alternative to chasidic dominance. ‘It’s not just the bad stuff you read about in the papers,’ says federation leader.

02/24/2015

Ramapo, N.Y. — Between economic challenges and declining affiliation rates, it has been a rough few years for the non-Orthodox Jewish community in Rockland County.

New Square, an all-chasidic village in Rockland County, is one of many Orthodox hamlets in the area whose rapid growth has helpe

In Rockland County, Non-Orthodox Try To Create Alternative To Chasidic Dominance

02/20/2015

Ramapo, N.Y. — Between economic challenges and declining affiliation rates, it has been a rough few years for the non-Orthodox Jewish community in Rockland County.

Pre-K On Sunday? Orthodox Groups Divided On New UPK Options

Changes like allowing schools to open six days a week called a good first step by some, unreasonable by others.

02/19/2015
Staff Writer

The de Blasio administration announced rule changes aimed at making it easier for Jewish schools to participate in its signature free universal preschool program. But Jewish organizations are divided on just how helpful these changes will be.

While Agudath Israel of America, an umbrella organization for chasidic and black-hat Orthodox groups, said the new rules represent “meaningful changes,” the Orthodox Union called the changes “cosmetic.” 

The city's new rules will allow preschools to operate six days a week. But would they want to? Michael Datikash/JW
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