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Mezuzah Standoff In Ft. Lauderdale

02/19/2007
Staff Writer
A mezuzah placed on the door of a condo in South Florida, of all places, is stirring a controversy. Laurie Richter, a recent law school graduate, attached the mezuzah to the doorpost of her condo apartment in Fort Lauderdale when she moved in on Dec. 1, and the condo board told her recently to take it down. The Port condominium told Richter that the mezuzah violates bylaws that prohibit owners and occupants from attaching, hanging, affixing or displaying anything on the building’s walls, doors, balconies, railings and windows.

Going To Bat For Muslim-Jewish Ties

07/22/2009
Assistant Managing Editor
As they explored common ground during a busy mission to New York this week, an international delegation of rabbis and imams found it easy to agree on one thing: They wanted to see the Yankees beat the Orioles Monday. And thanks to a walkoff homer by Hideki Matsui, they got their wish with a 2-1 Yankees victory.

Election Notebook: The Politics Of School Closings

07/08/2009
Assistant Managing Editor
Now that alternate-side parking has been suspended on almost every conceivable festival, mass or fast day, there is a new front in the battle for religious political muscle in New York: School closings. Muslim community groups, backed nearly unanimously by the City Council, are pressing for days off in honor of two of their holidays, which would be in addition to closures on Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, Christmas and Easter.

For Yeshiva Teachers, Austerity 101

07/01/2009
Assistant Managing Editor
School’s out for the summer, but for hundreds of area haredi and chasidic yeshiva teachers, the school’s been out of cash for months. Community agencies dealing with the impact of the recession say instructors and other yeshiva staff are among the hardest hit, many of them going without a paycheck since winter. “It’s never been this bad,” said Miriam, a teacher at Machon Academy in Queens, who withheld her last name for privacy. “We always had times when the money was late, but not like this.”

Last Jewish Comic Standing

07/02/2008
Assistant Managing Editor
Roy Schaeffer has some advice for newlyweds: Never lease a ring. And if you’re intent on hiring an au pair, you might want to wait until you have kids. His parents like to tell a knock-knock joke that ends: “It can’t be Roy because he never visits.” In true Jewish comedy style, 10 people who haven’t given up their day jobs kvetched about relationships, overbearing parents, work and money troubles and a general lack of respect Monday night at The Jewish Week’s 11th annual standup standoff.

Holiday Humor

10/08/2008
Assistant Managing Editor
If you're still in a High Holy Days state of mind, there's a place to turn on cable TV. “On the Jewish New Year, I get a migraine from my mother,” says comedian Caty Lazarus. “On the secular New Year, you get a hangover from champagne or vodka”

Nadler Seeking Retraction On Israel Bashing

07/08/2005
Staff Writer
Insisting he wasn't present while a witness slammed Israel during recent Judiciary Committee hearings, Rep. Jerrold Nadler is demanding a retraction from the New York Post for a column that claimed he sat by idly. "Was Jerry Nadler afraid of being booed live on C-Span if he'd raised an objection?" Eric Fettman had pondered in a June 23 op-ed.

UJA-Fed Programs Gain In Budget Passed By City

07/01/2005
Staff Writer
Preliminary reports on the city budget passed Tuesday night suggest good news for programs under the UJA-Federation network after the City Council restored $213 million in spending that had been cut by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The restored funding, an annual ritual between the mayor and Council, will provide more day-care slots and improved mental health programs at federation agencies that contract with the city, said Ron Soloway, the organization's top lobbyist.

Tolerance For Tourists

07/01/2005
Staff Writer
After providing sensitivity training to some 3,000 students, teachers and law enforcement officials over the past 18 months, the Simon Wiesenthal Center's New York Tolerance Center will open its doors to the public next week. But don't hop in a cab yet. Although the center (which strives to educate the public about respect, understanding and responsibility) is being promoted by the city's tourism bureau, NYC & Company, visits are by appointment, and only on Mondays. The center will organize groups of 30 to undergo a two and half-hour experience.

Drive-By Swastikas In Brooklyn

06/17/2005
Staff Writer
Police in Brooklyn are looking for vandals who painted swastikas on numerous cars in the Midwood area early Friday, apparently from a moving vehicle. The swastikas were painted on the street-side of the vehicles, said Chaim Deutsch, president of the Flatbush Shomrim Volunteer Security Patrol. That, he said, indicated that the vandals were likely riding in a car.
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