Short Takes

Shelter Of Peace

12/08/2005 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Unlike most middle-class 16-year-olds, Annie Rose London of Hoboken, N.J., feels comfortable in homeless shelters. She has volunteered at several, and at soup kitchens in the New York area, for a few years. And unlike most American Jewish teens, London, an active member of the Habonim Dror Zionist organization, feels comfortable with Muslims. She has many Muslim friends at High-Tech High School in North Bergen, where she is a junior.

Save The Nachas

11/03/2005 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Geoff Blum's dramatic home run last week in Game 3 of the World Series had barely cleared the fence, lifting his Chicago White Sox to victory in the 14th inning, before Jewish sports fans began asking the eternal question: Is he or isn't he? The Internet was abuzz about Blum, a 32-year-old journeyman infielder who was inserted into the game as a late-inning replacement. His homer at Minute Maid Park in Houston snapped a 5-5 tie and sent the White Sox to a 3-0 Series lead over the Astros on their way to a sweep.

Quebec's Paneful Dispute

11/23/2006 - 19:00
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

11/23/2006 - 19:00
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

11/16/2006 - 19:00
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'

11/09/2006 - 19:00
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'

11/09/2006 - 19:00
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

11/09/2006 - 19:00
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'

11/02/2006 - 19:00
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...

11/02/2006 - 19:00
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.
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