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Suffolk County's Kosher Butcher Closes

03/11/2014
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When the owner of Suffolk County’s only kosher butcher successfully challenged New York State’s kosher law in 2000, Brian Yarmeisch won a victory for non-Orthodox Jews. The law, he claimed, had been tailored to Orthodox standards of kashrut, and Yarmeisch’s kosher certifier was a local Conservative rabbi.

A shuttered Commack Kosher. “The community failed me,” shop’s owner says.  Meryl Ain

New Jewish Music Fest Is Multicultural Affair

03/11/2014
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What does New York City need?

It might not be high on most people’s list of responses, but Frank London’s wish list includes “a good Jewish music fest in this town of ours.” Of course, as the co-leader of the Klezmatics and Hasidic New Wave, and everybody’s go-to trumpeter in the Jewish music world, London has a strong rooting interest here. And, unlike most of us, he’s getting his wish.

The Newish Jewish Music Festival features Sofia Rei. Emra Islek

Filling Foxman’s Large Shoes

03/05/2014
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When Mark Burnett and Roma Downey looked for the kosher seal of approval for “Son of God,” their retelling of the Jesus story, which opened in theaters nationwide last week, they turned to Abe Foxman, the iconic Anti-Defamation League national director. Foxman blessed the film as an “antidote” to Mel Gibson’s Jewishly troubling “Passion of the Christ,” according to The Wrap, which covers Hollywood.

Lawyer and author Thane Rosenbaum, right, is a possible successor to the ADL’s Abraham  Foxman.

Top Tab For Tiny Torah

03/05/2014
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About six weeks ago, a middle-aged businessman with a Yiddish accent who lives in one of New York State’s upstate haredi communities made a call to Kestenbaum & Company, a Midtown auction firm that specializes in Judaica. He said he owned a 2-inch high Torah scroll he wanted to sell.

Mini-Torah scroll and its sterling silver ark and bima go on sale in Manhattan next week. Courtesy of Kestenbaum & Company

A Jewish Voice For Philadelphia’s Muslims

02/26/2014
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Four months after Jacob Bender, a Jewish filmmaker from Manhattan, was appointed to a symbolically landmark position with an American Muslim organization, he says he is serving as an example of interfaith tolerance.

Jacob Bender

Lieberman Calls On Orthodox To Broaden Their Involvement

02/26/2014
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It’s understandable why an audience member addressing a question to former U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman after his lecture at The Jewishttp://www.jewishcenter.org/‎h Center last Wednesday evening referred to him as “rabbi.”

Former Sen. Joe Lieberman speaking this week at The Jewish Center. Courtesy of UJA-Federation of NY

… And, Of Course, A Knaidlach Controversy

02/19/2014
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Yes, there was guided meditation and bluegrass music and late-night improv at the 10th annual Limmud NY conference last weekend in Stamford, Conn. But, in a sign of the artisanal times, there were, along with the rabbis, scholars and historians, plenty of Jewish foodies.

Rabbi Mary Zamore, Michael Twitty and Shannon Sarna at Limmud NY foodie panel.  Lauren Rothman/JW

Limmud NY At 10: A Moveable Feast Of Jewish Learning …

02/19/2014
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Our Limmud experience began on our ride up to Stamford, Conn., where the conference took place at the Hilton. Unexpectedly, we had a very full car — we were six Jews, religious and secular, New Yorkers and Brits, a rabbi, a cantor and a musician, with three presenters, two reporters, several jokesters and lots of lively conversation, a taste of what was to come.

The diverse crowd at one of the many Limmud NY sessions.  JoAnn Tansman

Kosher Barbecue Pop-Up Seeks A Permanent Home

02/12/2014
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Growing up in Midwood, Brooklyn, the Eidelman brothers ate a lot of meat. Their mother, Sara, an accomplished cook was born to Holocaust survivor parents who couldn’t afford the luxury. So she wanted to give her boys all she could.

“She used to buy us filet mignon,” said Sruly Eidelman, now 26 and living in Crown Heights.

Sruly Eidelman currently cooks up his Texas-style barbecue at his parents’ home in Midwood. Lauren Rothman

Bnai Jeshurun Rabbis Rapped Again On Israel

02/12/2014
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Congregants of the Upper West Side synagogue B’nai Jeshurun, known worldwide for its spirited services, have for the second time in about a year condemned two of their rabbis’ most recent public statements on Israel, this time in an e-mail petition.

B’nai Jeshurun’s 88th Street entrance. Wikimedia Commons
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