Short Takes

Does West Side Stadium Have A Prayer?

03/03/2005 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Looks like Mayor Michael Bloomberg can use all the help he can get to win approval for a stadium on the West Side. While hosting a group of organizers of Tuesday’s Siyum HaShas celebration, Bloomberg noted that the event was an “amazing celebration of having a great love of study,” then asked the crowd to put in a good word for him with the Almighty.

Suit-Plagued Arab Bank To Shut N.Y. Branch

02/10/2005 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Facing dozens of plaintiffs who allege that it finances terrorism, the Jordan-based Arab Bank announced Tuesday that it is closing its New York operation. The multimillion-dollar federal lawsuits against the bank claim the Madison Avenue branch acted as a conduit for funds from Saudi Arabia to be transferred to the families of Palestinian suicide bombers as compensation.

Scoring Big With Israeli Tech

02/03/2005 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Israeli high-tech prowess may not be the first thing on anyone’s mind as the Eagles meet the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX on Sunday. But those headsets the coaches wear to communicate with their staff will be using technology developed by one of a growing number of Israeli firms that are making their mark on telecommunications here.

Leaders Meet Envoys From Tsunami Region

01/13/2005 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Representatives of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations met Wednesday morning with diplomats from the four countries hardest hit by the Dec. 26 tsunami disaster.

Jack Newfield, Crusading Columnist

12/23/2004 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Jack Newfield, a columnist driven by commitment to social justice and political accountability, died Monday at 66. The cause was cancer. Newfield was a supporter of Israel and also wrote extensively on matters regarding black-Jewish relations. Growing up in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, he attended a school that was 75 percent black, and traveled in the South as a young man to demonstrate for civil rights in the early 1960s. He was once incarcerated with Michael Schwerner, who was later murdered in Mississippi.

Getting A Bump From ‘Juno’

02/26/2008 - 19:00
Assistant Managing Editor
Barry Louis Polisar wasn’t up for an Oscar on Sunday night, but his work made a brief appearance in the 80th Academy Awards broadcast. The scene from Best Picture nominee “Juno” included the harmonica solo from “All I Want Is You,” a song Polisar wrote 30 years ago that is featured in the film’s opening credits. A singer and writer of children’s books and music, Polisar was thrilled when approached by “Juno” director Jason Reitman for permission to use the song after he stumbled across it on iTunes.

Easing Their Pain

04/04/2002 - 19:00
Staff Writer
They are among hundreds of victims of Palestinian terrorism, but there was something about the tragic story of the Bloombergs of Ginot Shimron that prompted Rabbi Moshe Drelich to act. “You start with one family at a time,” said the rabbi, assistant principal of SAR Academy in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. “You save the world one neshama [soul] at a time.”

Costly Quints

07/13/1997 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Seventeen months have passed since quintuplets born to the Klaver family brought the national media into their Brooklyn living room. But now that they’ve faded from the limelight, the family has been forced to go public again as they face financial peril. The Klavers have been ordered to vacate their crowded Flatbush apartment by their landlord, who is selling the house. Both parents are in poor health, and federal assistance they have been receiving is about to expire.

Staten Island ‘Dream’ Come True

12/23/2004 - 19:00
Staff Writer
There is no greater symbol of thriving Jewish life on Staten Island than the new 100,000-square-foot, $33 million community center soon to rise in Willowbrook. But one thing that won’t be rising is the JCC’s mortgage costs, thanks to a $2 million donation announced this week by Alan and Joan Bernikow, supporters of the center for more than 30 years.

A Gay, Jewish Hawk For Hillary

07/26/2007 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor
Talk about strange transitions: Donald Rumsfeld’s hawkish aide in the Pentagon is now one of Sen. Hillary Clinton’s emissaries in the gay community. But between these two titles, Stephen Herbits — no stranger to controversy — rode out the storm as Israel Singer’s successor at the scandal-plagued World Jewish Congress.
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