New York

New Downtown Rabbi Crosses Boundaries

08/23/2016 - 23:20

Manhattan’s newest pulpit rabbi has neither an office nor a building, nor a list of paid-up members, as she begins her new job this month.

“This isn’t a second career,” says Shul of New York Rabbi Eva Sax-Bolder. “It’s my life calling.” Courtesy of Eva Sax-Bolder

Esther Jungreis, Jewish Outreach Pioneer, Dies At 80

08/23/2016 - 17:24
Staff Writer

Esther Jungreis, a Hungarian-born Holocaust survivor who settled in Lawrence, L.I., and served as a pioneer in the outreach movement to unaffiliated Jews, died on Aug. 23 after a brief illness. Known as “the Rebbetzin” (rabbi’s wife), she was the founder of the Hineni organization, which sponsored a wide variety of educational and social events.

Esther Jungreis, seen in a photo from 2016, founded the organization Hineni to bring young Jews closer to Orthodox Judaism. JTA

‘We’re All Human Beings’

Jewish and Muslim women find common ground in Westchester.

08/23/2016 - 17:10
Westchester Correspondent

With its rich mix of ethnicities, White Plains is one of Westchester’s most diverse communities. Yet the likelihood that Jewish and Muslim women will cross paths or become friends isn’t high.

That troubled Annette Rotter. Inspired by a Jewish Week article last year about efforts to build relationships between Jews and Muslims in the U.S., Rotter decided to do something about it. She contacted SOSS, Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, a national organization dedicated to fostering friendships between Jewish and Muslim women.

Muslim and Jewish women, part of Westchester chapter of Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, gather in White Plains. Charles Saha

Rising Tennis Star, Noah Rubin, Seeks To Make It Big At US Open

Look out for the 20-year-old Long Island native who won the 2014 Junior Wimbledon Championships.

08/22/2016 - 13:13
Editorial Intern

Before the 136th U.S. Open kicks off next week, there is a week of "qualifying," a chance for lower-ranked players to make it into the first round. One of those players is Jewish Long-Islander, Noah Rubin. Rubin, 20, is a graduate of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy in New York, which was founded by the legendary former world No. 1 player in 2010.

Noah Rubin during a men's singles match at the 2016 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, January, 2016. Getty Images

Dozens Respond To Facebook Plea To Attend Funeral Of Elderly NY Jewish Woman

08/21/2016 - 12:15

Some 30 people attended the funeral in New York for a woman they did not know in response to a Facebook plea by a rabbi’s daughter.

Francine Stein, 83, was buried Wednesday following a graveside funeral at Temple Israel Cemetery in Blauvelt, in suburban Rockland County.

Ora Weinbach, a New Jersey high school teacher, had made the Facebook request for mourners at the service being conducted by her father, Rabbi Elchanan Weinbach.

Strings Attached To New York

Jewish Week literary forum explores stories of Jewish identity.

08/18/2016 - 18:10
Photos By Nora Wesson

“Do I contradict myself?” Brooklynite Walt Whitman famously wrote about himself, and America. “I am large, I contain multitudes.”

Cellist and singer Marika Hughes plays at the Jewish Week forum on fusions and contradictions in Jewish identity. Nora Wesson/JW

2 Brooklyn Jews Sentenced To Community Service For Assaulting Gay Black Man

08/18/2016 - 11:58

(JTA) – Two Orthodox Jews who beat up a gay black man in New York were sentenced to 150 hours of community service.

Orthodox ‘Dropouts’ Still Tethered To Faith


Survey examines life ‘off the road.’

08/16/2016 - 22:08
Associate Editor

The Orthodox fascinate and defy the number crunchers. No group is growing so prodigiously: Seventy-four percent of Jewish children in New York are Orthodox and Satmar’s school system is now larger than all but three public school systems in New York State. And yet, of American Orthodoxy’s 530,000 Jews, perhaps more than 10,000 Orthodox Jews have dropped out to varying degrees, according to Nishma Research. Modest numbers, perhaps, but each of those 10,000 likely could tell a story of sadness and disappointment.

Jonathan Mark

A Smile For The Ages


Remembering Fyvush Finkel.

Remembering Fyvush Finkel, the veteran actor with roots in Yiddish theater who died at 93.

08/16/2016 - 17:33
Special To The Jewish Week

The first time I saw Fyvush Finkel was on TV. He played a racist, belligerent history teacher on “Boston Public.” That image couldn’t have stood in starker contrast to the man I would later meet, someone who was warm and respectful to everyone he encountered. Fyvush Finkel, the Emmy Award-winning actor and Yiddish theater star who died here Sunday at 93, was hilarious, heimisch and one of a kind.

Fyvush Finkel as Harvey Lipschultz in the Fox television series “Boston Public.”

Judge Upholds $1.4M Ruling Against Prime Grill Owner

Rejects Joey Allaham’s claim of rabbi’s ‘irrationality’
in favor of Lincoln Square Synagogue.

08/15/2016 - 16:31
Staff Writer

In the continued legal battle between restaurateur Joey Allaham and Lincoln Square Synagogue, a judge last week denied the restaurateur’s request to vacate Rabbi Hershel Schachter’s June ruling against him. Allaham’s attorney had argued that the rabbi’s reasoning was “absurd and irrational.”

Rabbi Hershel Schachter photo courtesy of YU; Joey Allaham photo by John Uher Photography
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