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From Where Does My Help Come?

Drisha-B’nai Jeshurun series calls for new communal approach to mental illness.

06/03/2014
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‘We were 20 souls around the table. Some attended out of a healthy curiosity but most were warriors of a difficult life. Some were mothers who have tragically lost their children to their illnesses, others battled depression, and many college participants feared what the future would hold for them.”

Rabbi Mychal Springer, at podium, with Rabbi Rolando Matalon and  Benyamin Cirlin.  Courtesy of Drisha

Still Marching For Israel After All These Years

As parade marks 50th year, oldest marcher, 91, going strong.

06/03/2014
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Five decades ago, longtime Brooklynite Grace Salant marched in the Israel day parade with her several young children trailing alongside.

Marching in her 50th Israel parade. Courtesy of Hello Video & Photos Studio

Hard Times Hit Jewish Cupcake Empire

Accountants sound a warning; new management is closing stores.

06/02/2014
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Things are not looking hot for the Jewish-owned, kosher-certified cupcake giant Crumbs Bake Shop Inc. Crain’s New York reported that the company, owned by Jewish Upper West Siders Mia and Jason Bauer, recently disclosed that its auditors, Rothstein Kass, may no longer consider the former cupcake king a “going concern.” That’s investment jargon for possibly going out of business.

That’s the way the cookie and the cupcake crumble. Wikimedia Commons

Tens Of Thousands March In 50th Annual N.Y. Israel Parade

06/02/2014
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Tens of thousands marched in New York in the Celebrate Israel Parade, which is marking its 50th anniversary.

Organizers had expected some 35,000 participants in Sunday’s parade up Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. Among the elected officials participating in the annual parade were New York Gov. Mario Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Bloomberg Makes Push For Jewish Values

Accepts inaugural Genesis Prize, pays gift forward, urges future awardees to ‘think big.’

05/28/2014
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Jerusalem — On a grand stage in the capital of the Jewish state, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg opened up about what Judaism meant to him.

Michael Bloomberg receives the Genesis Prize from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Courtesy of Milner/Genesis

Russian-Speaking Jews Here Split On Ukraine

‘Civil War in Little Odessa:’ The community divides over crisis; communal leaders are trying to remain neutral.

05/28/2014
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For one day earlier this month, it was as if leafy Asher Lev Park in Brighton Beach had morphed into the still-barricaded and tire-laden Maidan Square in Kiev, ground zero of the Ukrainian independence movement.

Maidan Square in Kiev. Inset: Sergei Abramov, right, with his wife Yanina and son Victor. Getty Images

Camps Build Robots And Ruach

Next cohort of boutique camps luring new generation of sophisticated Jewish teens.

05/28/2014
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When Josh Steinharter was growing up in mid-’80s Dayton, Ohio, he split his summers between baseball camp and Jewish camp.

Six Points Sci-Tech Academy will allow teens to choose workshops ranging from robotics to environmental science. Courtesy of URJ

The Times’ High Priest

Remembering Arthur Gelb, the Aaron to A.M. Rosenthal’s Moses.

05/27/2014
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In tributes in recent days to Arthur Gelb, the former managing editor of The New York Times who died last week at the age of 90, several of his disciples, both Jewish and gentile, called him their “rabbi.” In this context rabbi means one’s mentor or enabler, as in “everyone needs a rabbi.”

Arthur Gelb: Transformed the Times. Via TimesOfIsrael.com

Sharing Shuls And Pay-What-You-Can Dues.

Long Island Congregations Adapt To Changing Times

05/21/2014
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A Port Washington synagogue was able to stem the tide of declining membership by allowing congregants to select the level of dues they wish to pay.

A Haredi Woman’s Place…

In tough economic times, growing numbers here are branching out to launch their own businesses.

05/21/2014
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One day about a year ago, Gitel Weber, a chasidic homemaker in Borough Park, was engaging in her favorite hobby — making personalized gift packages for friends and family. This time, it was cards and decorations for a family simcha.

Gitel Weber, who completed the HFLS course last year, has opened a store in Borough Park.  Michael Daitikash/JW
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