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Marking A Special Bat Mitzvah In Queens

05/07/2014
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In a twist on the traditional pre-bat mitzvah volunteer project, several dozen mothers and daughters will gather Sunday morning to do a chesed project in honor of a girl who will not be able to attend, or take part in, her own bat mitzvah ceremony.

Study Suggests Fixes For Israel Detachment

The road to affinity with Israel runs through relationships with other Jews, wherever they are found, study says.

05/07/2014
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Between a quarter and a half of all day school students feel detached from Israel. To fix the problem, it may actually be more helpful for students to see their parents serving on the board of the local JCC than for the family to visit the Jewish State.

A child’s affinity with Israel grows from ties with Jews from afar, be it Haifa or Hartford, a study found. Michael Daitikash/JW
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My Kosher Lunch With The Cardinal

O’Connor’s special touch with Jews, and reporters.

05/07/2014
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Many people who keep kosher have had the experience of having a special meal graciously laid out for them at a dinner party while the rest of the guests eat the non-kosher meal. But then there are the times, rare to be sure, when the whole dinner is prepared kosher, just because of one guest.

Cardinal O’Connor and his aides ate kosher when the archbishop hosted a Times reporter, who is Jewish.  Getty Images

O’Connor’s Grandfather A Rabbi In Bridgeport?

Genealogist suggests that his Jewish mother’s father led congregation.

05/07/2014
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First, Catholic New York reported that the sister of Cardinal John O’Connor, the late archbishop of New York, had recently discovered that their mother was a Jewish woman who had converted to Catholicism at the age of 19. Thus, O’Connor is technically Jewish.

Cardinal O’Connor: More Jewish family revelations.   Getty Images

NYPD Moves To Stop Muslim Surveillance

Jews split on security vs. civil liberties.

05/07/2014
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The leafy streets of Riverdale would seem an unlikely setting for the renewal of an emotional debate about the threat of Islamic extremism vs. civil liberties for Muslim Americans. But on a spring night five years ago this month, Rabbi Judith Lewis’ Riverdale Temple was one of two synagogues targeted by four Muslim men whose plot to bomb the buildings was thwarted at the last minute.

NYPD officers stand guard over the Riverdale Temple in the days after a 2009 bomb plot was foiled.  Getty Images

O’Connor’s Grandfather A Rabbi In Bridgeport?

Genealogist suggests that his Jewish mother’s father led congregation, was shochet.

05/06/2014
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First, Catholic New York reported that the sister of Cardinal John O’Connor, the late archbishop of New York, had recently discovered that their mother was a Jewish woman who had converted to Catholicism at the age of 19. Thus, O’Connor was technically Jewish.

Cardinal John O’Connor talks with Pope John Paul II in 1995. Getty Images

Ex-N.Y. Cop Arrested For Anti-Semitic Graffiti

05/05/2014
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A former New York policeman was arrested for allegedly spray-painting anti-Semitic graffiti in an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Brooklyn.

NYU Calls For Probe Following ‘Fliergate’

Process of ‘restorative justice’ in wake of fake ‘eviction’ notices distributed by Palestinian students.

04/29/2014
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In response to the distribution of fake eviction notices at two NYU dorms last week, school officials have prescribed both an internal judicial investigation and a mandatory dialogue process known as “restorative justice.”

More than 2,000 students at Palladium woke up to find fake eviction notices. Miriam Lichtenberg/JW

First Stop, Broadway

A new performing arts summer camp for Orthodox girls takes the stage.

04/30/2014
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When Sari Kahn was growing up in North Miami Beach, Fla., she starred in “The Skin of Her Teeth,” and “You Can’t Take It With You.” She was a doo-wop girl in “Little Shop of Horrors” and hammed it up as Mrs. Sowerberry in “Oliver.” Her twin girls aren’t so lucky.

Future Maor camper Risa Harris, in the dressing room before a performance last summer at Kol Neshama, an L.A.-based arts camp.

Brooklyn Man Gets Probation For Throwing Bleach In Rabbi’s Face

04/30/2014
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A Hasidic man from Brooklyn was sentenced to five years probation for throwing bleach in the face of a rabbi who had accused the man’s father of being a sexual predator.

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