Short Takes

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

11/02/2006 - 19:00
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

09/10/2009 - 20:00
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.”

How To Arrange To Hear The Shofar

09/10/2009 - 20:00
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.”

Heroes Among Us

09/17/2009 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Anew year, a new semester, a new building. This week was a week of many beginnings at Yeshiva University. Coinciding with the start of the academic year and on the eve of the High Holy Days, Yeshiva University opened the Glueck Center for Jewish Study, the first new edifice dedicated at the Washington Heights institution’s Wilf Campus in two decades.

Sephardic Leader Leon Levy Dies At 84

10/12/2006 - 20:00
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eon Levy, a son of Turkish Jewish immigrants who became a philanthropist and leader of several major Jewish organizations in the United States, died Sept. 19 in Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital of heart and lung failure. A resident of Jamaica Estates, Queens, he was 84.

Delay In State Funding Troubles Day Schools

10/05/2006 - 20:00
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A few hundred Jewish schools are among more than a thousand area nonpublic schools disputing a decision by state authorities to withhold mandated payments because of a disagreement over the formula for allocating funds for a change in attendance taking, The Jewish Week has learned.

Reading Palms

10/05/2006 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Come Sukkot, you can buy your lulav and etrog online. Just visit esrogim.com or gotesrog.com. But if you favor a more tactile experience, you shlep to a Jewish bookstore, or to a street-side stand in a Jewish neighborhood and pick out a set of the Arba Minim, the Four Species, yourself.

The War, At Makor

08/10/2006 - 20:00
Staff Writer
A green hatchet, some red Cedars of Lebanon, some poetry, some cartoons, some photographs, some blog journals printed out on pink sheets of paper. In the weeks since the war in Lebanon began, a wide variety of artistic and non-artistic types have expressed their feelings about the fighting — and the 92nd Street Y’s Makor Gallery on the Upper West Side has put many of their expressions in 8-by-10-inch wooden frames and hung them in a public display.

Katyushas: Going Once, Going Twice

08/10/2006 - 20:00
Staff Writer
How much would you pay for a few shards of twisted steel or some quarter-inch-diameter steel balls? If the metal items are the remnants of Katyusha rockets fired at Israel in recent weeks, the going rate is at least $52 and $24.99, respectively. Those were the high bids offered, as of early this week, by potential customers on the Internet eBay.com auction site.

Schumer Urges Repairs To Jewish Cemeteries

08/03/2006 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) in a letter sent last week to Romanian President Traian Basescu urged Romania to restore and protect the country’s Jewish cemeteries, which fell into disrepair during the communist era. “Cemeteries are an important issue to worldwide Jewry, and Jewish cemeteries are no exception,” Schumer wrote. “For many Jews in the United States these cemeteries are the last link to their ancestry.”
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