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The Touro Synagogue Case: Two Views

07/05/2016 - 17:36


The Case For Local Control



Noel Rubinton, Special To The Jewish Week

The legal battle over historic Touro Synagogue in Newport, R.I. Wikimedia Commons

‘He Let Silence Be Articulated’

The impact of Wiesel’s groundbreaking memoir, ‘Night.’

07/05/2016 - 17:32
Staff Writer

A native of Highland Park, N.J., Alan Berger is a leading academic scholar of the Holocaust. He holds the Raddock Family Eminent Scholar Chair for Holocaust Studies at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, and previously founded the Jewish Studies Program at Syracuse University. Among his many books is “Children of Job: American Second-Generation Witnesses to the Holocaust” (SUNY Press), for which Elie Wiesel wrote the introduction.

Alan Berger: Elie Wiesel’s writings and speeches spoke to people of varied backgrounds. PHOTO COURTESY FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSI

Voice Of The Survivor Generation Who Bore Witness To Horror

Nobel laureate, author of the harrowing ‘Night,’ Elie Wiesel wrestled with his faith and urged the world to never forget the Holocaust.

07/05/2016 - 16:41
Staff Writer

Beginning early this year, two aging Holocaust survivors would meet once a week to talk about old times at one of their Upper East Side homes.

Elie Wiesel, during a 1986 visit to Yad Vashem, Wiesel is visible in the picture’s lower right corner. GETTY IMAGES

Scratching Out A Simple Tune

Fiddlers on the JCC Manhattan roof soak up some klezmer magic from a master.

07/02/2016 - 18:47
Photos by Nora Wesson

They were fiddlers on the roof, every of one them, just trying to scratch out a simple tune without breaking their necks, as Tevye put it in his hard-won metaphor for life. While Danny Burstein was communing with God as the iconic dairyman in “Fiddler on the Roof” on Broadway, uptown, 20 klezmer fiddle students were communing with nature, and Jewish tradition, Thursday evening on the roof of the JCC Manhattan.

Klezmer fiddle master Alicia Svigals, leads the master class/concert "Fiddlers on the Roof" at JCC Manhattan. Nora Wesson/JW

Jews And Muslims Break Bread, Build Bridges At Iftar Dinner

Iftar hosted at Temple Emanu-El focused on fostering connections, one person at a time.

06/30/2016 - 16:29
Editorial Intern

In the midst of an election season that has given credence to increasingly divisive political rhetoric, 200 Jews and Muslims gathered to break bread, break the Ramadan fast and break with a mainstream narrative that often pits one religion against another.

L’Chaim! High Spirits At Fifth Annual Whiskey Jewbilee

This year’s tasting added some variety, while maintaining traditional themes.

06/29/2016 - 12:43
Editorial Intern

Every year on an evening in June, a few hundred Jews whisk themselves over to the the West Side of Manhattan, midway between the new Hudson Yards train station and the old Penn station, to partake in an event that has maintained a youthful energy to couple with a now-established credibility: the Whiskey Jewbilee.

Attendees at 5th annual Whiskey Jewbilee pack Studio 450 in Manhattan. Photo courtesy of G-LO of BoozeDancing

Young Israel Claims Hostile Takeover Bid By Kars4Kids Parent Org.

Small Staten Island shul battles the big outreach group for control.

06/29/2016 - 08:18
Staff Writer

In 2007, a small Modern Orthodox congregation in Staten Island, once the cornerstone of a growing community, found itself struggling to pay its mortgage and salvage a dwindling membership Like many Young Israel synagogues, a once-thriving network of Modern Orthodox congregations across the country, the 40-year-old Young Israel of Eltingville suffered from the neighborhood’s changing demographics, as young families moved out and the remaining members aged. It was also hit hard by the nationwide economic crash as donor dollars dried up. 

Young Israel of Eltingville president Max Robek: “If we lose this case, it would be a death sentence for our shul.”

Groups See New Balance On Israel From Presbyterians

Softened language added to harsh report ‘at the 11th hour’ is sign of progress, leaders say.

06/28/2016 - 16:15
Staff Writer

The Presbyterian Church (USA), which for a decade has drawn criticism from several prominent Jewish organizations for actions they see as overtly anti-Israel, adopted a report at its biennial national convention last week that again faulted Israel.

The scene at the recent Presbyterian Church USA General Assembly in Portland, Ore. PCUSA Facebook

On BDS, ‘You Are Not Powerless’

Inoculating students against anti-Israel bias on campus.

06/28/2016 - 12:58
Westchester Correspondent

Consider this scenario: As a college student, you’re sitting in a history class where the professor shows a map of the Middle East — and Israel isn’t on it. Or you’re in a dorm lounge when another student insists that Israel is a colonialist, apartheid state that’s brutalizing the Palestinians.

Hillel Westchester’s Rachel Klein addresses students and parents at SUNY Purchase. Yoav Cohen

Black Brooklyn Beating Victim Sues NYC, Orthodox Security Patrol

06/28/2016 - 10:57

A gay African-American man who was beaten, allegedly by a group of Hasidic Jews, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 2013 is suing New York City and its police department, saying their improper favoring of the neighborhood’s Orthodox security patrol deprived him of equal justice under the law.

Taj Patterson was allegedly beaten by a group of Hasidic Jews, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 2013. JTA
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