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OU Banishes Jezebel From Soho

Assistant Managing Editor

Jezebel is history.

The Queen of Israel who built temples to pagan gods and led her husband, King Ahab, astray will no longer receive tribute in the form of a kosher eatery in downtown Manhattan that bears her sinful name.

Dethroned: Manhattan kosher restaurant, formerly Jezebel, is now JSoho. Miyan Levenson

Stern College 'Lady Mac' Named All-American


At six feet tall, Rebecca Yoshor stands out among her peers. She also stands out on the basketball court.

Rebecca Yoshor. Photo courtesy YU

YU Book Sale Benefits Sandy-Damaged Institutions

Staff Writer

Sometimes, generosity comes in waves.

After being told that his Oceanside, L.I., synagogue had won $10,000 in a Yeshiva University Facebook contest, beating out four other synagogues and a day school ravaged by Superstorm Sandy, Rabbi Jonathan Muskat decided to share his winnings with them.

“We felt so many communities also suffered that it was only right we share this act of chesed (kindness) with other communities that suffered damage as well,” he explained.

Seformim for Sandy: YU students donate proceeds from annual book sale to storm-damaged synagogues. Photo courtesy YU

Cantorial Show A Milestone At Barclays


Who knew the man behind the Brooklyn homecomings of Jay-Z and Barbra Streisand had a thing for heimische melodies?

Violin superstar Itzhak Perlman, left, pitched a collaboration with Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot. JTA

Israeli Entrepreneur: Device Prevents Possible Harm From Cell Phones

Assistant Managing Editor/Online Editor

A Lebanese-born physicist and an engineer from a university in the West Bank settlement of Ariel probably don’t agree on much.

“The riddle is still on” about the danger of cell phones, say the leaders of a year-long study. Via

Eclectic Band 'My Favorite Enemy' To Perform At Rodeph Sholom

Special To The Jewish Week

Shabbat will be welcomed at Congregation Rodeph Sholom this weekend with an unusual Middle Eastern beat. 

Pluralistic Seminary Dedicates New Building

Staff Writer

The Academy of Jewish Religion, a pluralistic seminary, dedicated a new, 8,500-square foot teaching, library and administrative building on Jan. 27. It's proof, the academy says, that it's growing, and that pluralism is catching on.

 From left to right, Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, Chuck Lesnick, Ora Horn Prouser. Photo courtesy Academy of Jewish Religion

No OU Showdown After All; L.A. Leader Likely President

Editor and Publisher

The planned March 10 contested election pitting incumbent Orthodox Union president Simcha Katz against former president Harvey Blitz is not to be.

Martin Nachimson

No Ordinary Pigskin Halftime Show Here

Staff Writer

Here are your choices for halftime entertainment during the Super Bowl on Sunday evening: Beyoncé or Charlie Harary, C.B. Neugroschl and Rabbi Kenneth Brander.

Beyoncé, the Super Bowl’s halftime entertainer, will be shunned by some YU supporters in favor of online Torah.

New Jewish Children's Book Features Gay Parents

Associate Editor

Don’t expect any tired stereotypes of Jewish mothers in “The Purim Superhero,” a children’s picture book just out from Kar-Ben Publishers.

'The author of 'The Purim Superhero' says Purim is all about being who you are. Photo courtesy Keshet
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