Short Takes

Home Plate In The Jewish State

05/19/2006
Staff Writer
As U.S. ambassador to Israel, Dan Kurtzer has been involved in some major-league negotiations. Now, he's set to negotiate with the major leagues. Kurtzer has been named commissioner of Israel's fledgling professional baseball organization, navigating obstacles between owners and players. A cinch, he says, compared to his diplomatic work. "These are two friendly sides who are not at war with each other," said Kurtzer, a New Jersey resident and Yankee fan, now teaching Middle East policy at Princeton.

More Tax Credit Haggling Seen In Albany

04/21/2006
Staff Writer
The state legislature and Gov. George Pataki are expected to continue haggling over the scope and nature of a child tax credit following Pataki's budget vetoes last week. The governor, who favors a credit that would aid education spending, nixed a plan ironed out by the Assembly and Senate that would award $330 to the parents of every child in the state between ages 4 and 17. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver intends to override the veto.

Fired Rabbi's Backers Vow To Keep Fighting

04/07/2006
Staff Writer
Freed from a lawsuit that sought to undermine their authority, trustees of The Jewish Center of the Hamptons have voted to fire their rabbi against the wishes of a large segment of the congregation. But supporters of Rabbi David Gelfand, whose contract expires in June, say they will keep up the fight.

Israel On Your Coffee Table

03/31/2006
Staff Writer
If you like conversation pieces that express your Zionism as well as interest in space and geology, consider this: The Bonham's Natural History Auction, to be held here April 11, will feature a quarter-pound chunk of a meteorite in the shape of Israel. It may not qualify as objet d'art, or take on the religious aura of the recently auctioned grilled cheese sandwich with the Virgin Mary's image, but the rock has some historic significance, says its owner, Darryl Pitt.

Shearith Israel Rebuilds

03/24/2006
Staff Writer
After two decades and several development plans, the nation's oldest Jewish congregation has won approval to rebuild its Upper West Side community center, despite the disapproval of many neighbors.

At New Shul, Beyond Apples and Honey

09/22/2009
Staff Writer

 

Decked out in brown suede Nikes, distressed denim jeans and black Ray-Ban sunglasses, Rabbi Dan Ain stood atop a “kosher” soapbox in Washington Square Park Monday afternoon, extolling heresy and encouraging his listeners to break from tradition during these 10 days of awe and repentance.

Soapbox preacher: The New Shul Rabbi Dan Ain, who brought his High Holy Days message to Washington Square Park.

Hamptons Congregants Back Rabbi

12/30/2005
Staff Writer
Congregants at the Jewish Center of the Hamptons on Sunday voted nearly 2-to-1 to oust the board of trustees and retain their rabbi at a meeting that drew more than 800 people, or 78 percent of the Reform congregation's membership. But the results may be invalidated on Tuesday after a Supreme Court judge hears arguments on whether the vote was in accordance with the temple's constitution.

Vote To Oust Hamptons Shul Board Reinstated

12/06/2005
Staff Writer
After blocking members of The East Hampton Jewish Center from voting to replace their board of trustees on Dec. 4, a state Supreme Court judge in Suffolk County has reversed his ruling and now will allow the vote to take place on Dec. 25. But Judge Ralph Costello said any new officers elected may not take office until he hears arguments on Jan. 3 about whether the vote was legitimate.

Endorsements That Weren't

11/04/2005
Staff Writer
Did "1,200 members of the Jewish community" endorse Mayor Michael Bloomberg's re-election at a breakfast last Friday? The mayor's campaign Web site claims they did. Not so fast, say some of the attendees: leaders of national and local Jewish organizations that, as nonprofits, are prohibited by the Internal Revenue Service from making political endorsements. Many of the groups also bar officials from giving their personal nods.

NYPD: Anti-Jewish Crime Up

11/17/2006
Staff Writer
With six weeks to go before the new year, New York City has already recorded a sharp rise in hate crimes over 2005, including a 28 percent increase in anti-Semitic acts. The NYPD's Bias Crime Task Force investigated 95 incidents directed against Jews through Nov. 5, up sharply from 74 in all of last year. Overall, there were 230 attacks based on race, religion, national origin or sexual orientation, up from 214 last year, according to figures released by the NYPD in response to an inquiry by the New York Post. Attacks on gays also rose sharply.
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