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Is Yeshivah of Flatbush ‘predatory’ in its scrutiny of girls’ attire?

09/16/2014
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For years, Melissa Duchan had found the dress code for girls at her Orthodox school in Brooklyn, the Yeshivah of Flatbush, onerous.

Yeshivah of Flatbush student Melissa Duchan has challenged the day school’s dress code. JTA

Gaza War Tests Interfaith Ties On L.I.

Muslim and Jewish leaders hash out a hard-won joint statement after harsh ‘open letter’ against Israel threatens longstanding friendships.

09/16/2014
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They bent, but they didn’t break.

Rabbi Michael White, spiritual leader of Temple Sinai of Roslyn, L.I., has known Dr. Faroque Ahmad Khan, a founder of the Islamic Center of Long Island in Westbury, the largest mosque in Nassau County, for more than a decade. The two men have spoken many times before each other’s congregations — sometimes even on the freighted topic of Jerusalem — and see each other several times a year.

Rabbi Michael White, left, and Faroque Ahmad Khan have maintained their personal friendship and professional relationship.

Is Yeshivah Of Flatbush ‘Predatory’ In Its Scrutiny Of Girls’ Attire?

09/12/2014
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For years, Melissa Duchan had found the dress code for girls at her Orthodox school in Brooklyn, the Yeshivah of Flatbush, onerous.

This American Life Takes On East Ramapo School Kerfuffle

Iconic public radio show dives into debate over chasidic-run public school district.

09/11/2014
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This American Life, the popular radio show known for its quirky, in-depth programs, will air an hour-long program on the conflict-ridden East Ramapo Central Schools District this weekend.

This American Life dives into the East Ramapo schools controversy in this week's episode. Courtesy of This American Life
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This American Life Takes On East Ramapo School Kerfuffle

Iconic public radio show dives into debate over chasidic-run public school district.

09/11/2014
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This American Life, the popular radio show known for its quirky, in-depth programs, will air an hour-long program on the conflict-ridden East Ramapo Central Schools District this weekend.

This American Life delves into the East Ramapo schools controversy Saturday. Courtesy of This American Life
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Remembering That Morning, Up Close

'Time stopped moving,' recalls Heshy Jacob, a volunteer at Ground Zero.

09/11/2014
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Heshey Jacob, a member of the executive board of the Hatzolah ambulance service, was about to leave his home on the Lower East Side for morning prayer services 13 years ago today — a day seared in his memory — when a call came in.

Two beams of light stood in the place of the missing towers at the 9/11 memorial site. Getty Images.

In A First, Child Survivors Get Payout

$250 million fund seen as merely ‘symbolic’; anger over perceived small amount.

09/10/2014
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In their later years, Jews who survived the Holocaust as children — whether in concentration camps, ghettos or in hiding — have experienced psychological problems such as nightmares and health issues related to malnutrition as children.

Claims Conference’s Greg Schneider: Child survivors’ “suffering had a cumulative effect.”

Jewish Winners, Losers In New Pre-K

DOE rules favor schools on far left and far right.

09/09/2014
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More than 50,000 4-year-olds headed off to the city’s expanded free preschool program last week. But for Jewish preschools, the new program has only benefitted those at the ends of the religious spectrum, leaving schools in the middle shut out.

Mazel Day School in Brighton Beach, above, is not participating in New York City's pre-K program. Amy Sara Clark/JW
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Old Holocaust-era Photos Find New Life Online

Digitalized archives of Roman Vishniac will enable survivors to identify relatives’ images.

09/09/2014
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In a black-and-white, undated photograph from an unidentified cheder in pre-World War II Europe, a row of young Jewish boys, caps on their heads, are sitting at wooden desks, brittle old books of Torah spread before them.

It was a familiar image for Rob Fried, who grew up in East Meadow, L.I.

A native of Russia who settled in the U.S. Courtesy of ICP

‘Yente-in-Chief’

Joan Rivers was a (sometimes off-color) voice for outsiders and women, and a fierce defender of Israel.

09/09/2014
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The “mouth that roared” is now silent.

A comedian and entertainer for five decades, Joan Rivers enjoyed a popularity that spanned generations. Getty Images
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