Short Takes

Quebec's Paneful Dispute

11/24/2006
Staff Writer
In one part of Montreal, relations between a chasidic group and some non-Jewish neighbors are frosty these days. Actually, they're frosted.

A Touch Of Ethiopia In Israel

11/24/2006
Staff Writer
You can take the Jew out of Ethiopia, but you can't take Ethiopia out of the Jew. Even if the Jew is in Israel. Even if the Jew is in Jerusalem.Even if the date is the 29th of Cheshvan, which Ethiopian Jews marked for centuries as Sigd, their unique holiday that expressed their desire to live in the Promised Land. Now that they live there, thousands of them still celebrate Sigd each year, in Jerusalem itself.

Westchester Shul Hit With Swastikas

11/17/2006
Staff Writer
Police in Mount Vernon have increased their patrols outside the Fleetwood Synagogue following a vandalism attack on the Orthodox congregation on Saturday. Capt. Angelo Fuccillo said the vandalism, swastikas and the letters "SS" that were discovered scrawled on the ground outside the building on Broad Street after Shabbat morning services, is being investigated as a bias crime.

'McLaughlin' Meets 'God Squad'

11/10/2006
Staff Writer
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, a longtime executive at CLAL-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership and veteran of interfaith activities, received an unexpected call a year and a half ago from a Buffalo-based Islamic cable television channel. Bridges TV wanted him to host a Jewish-Islamic-Christian talk show.

'McLaughlin' Meets 'God Squad'

11/10/2006
Staff Writer
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, a longtime executive at CLAL-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership and veteran of interfaith activities, received an unexpected call a year and a half ago from a Buffalo-based Islamic cable television channel. Bridges TV wanted him to host a Jewish-Islamic-Christian talk show.

Fall On The Boardwalk

11/10/2006
Staff Writer
A fall day. A stroll on the boardwalk. Some crumbs thrown to the seagulls. In Odessa, in Ukraine, along the shore of the Black Sea, that was a rite of passage. In Brighton Beach, in southern Brooklyn, along the Atlantic shore, this is a transplanted tradition.

Israel's 'Marathon Minyan'

11/03/2006
Staff Writer
As national chairman of Beit Halochem, Israel's organization for disabled veterans, Moshe Matalon has for several years encouraged members to take up hand cycling as a form of recreation and therapy. This year he is joining them here.

Tackling The Evil Tongue...

11/03/2006
Staff Writer
Four years after Fred Ehrman, Manhattan investment advisor and Jewish activist, took part in a campaign to change what members of the Jewish community read, he is trying to influence how they speak. In 2002 his target was The New York Times. Convinced that the paper's Middle East coverage was prejudiced against Israel, he was a leader of an effort to have Jews stop buying the Times.

Hampton Shul Affiliate Buys N.Y. Building For $24 Million

11/03/2006
Staff Writer
The New York Synagogue, a Modern Orthodox congregation on Manhattan's East Side that opened in a rented space three years ago as an affiliate of The Hampton Synagogue on Long Island, has purchased the building on East 58th Street where it has met, and will renovate the site into a full-time synagogue in about a year.

How To Arrange To Hear The Shofar

09/11/2009
Staff Writer
Rabbi Kasriel Kastel tells of a Jewish family he knew in the Bronx years ago. They couldn’t afford to join a synagogue. So they didn’t go to High Holy Days services. Instead, on one day of Rosh HaShanah each year, they would go to a body of water and do Tashlich, the symbol casting away of sins. “Tashlich is free,” the rabbi says. The children “keep up the tradition.”
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