There is no greater symbol of thriving Jewish life on Staten Island than the new 100,000-square-foot, $33 million community center soon to rise in Willowbrook.
But one thing that won’t be rising is the JCC’s mortgage costs, thanks to a $2 million donation announced this week by Alan and Joan Bernikow, supporters of the center for more than 30 years.
Talk about strange transitions: Donald Rumsfeld’s hawkish aide in the Pentagon is now one of Sen. Hillary Clinton’s emissaries in the gay community. But between these two titles, Stephen Herbits — no stranger to controversy — rode out the storm as Israel Singer’s successor at the scandal-plagued World Jewish Congress.
One is an Orthodox rabbi known for controversial self-help books who has challenged anti-Semitism in the black community.
The other is a former writer for the Village Voice who parted ways with the paper over his favorable coverage of the Rev. Al Sharpton.
Can these two men share a radio show without driving each other crazy?
Time will tell, as Rabbi Shmuley Boteach teams up with Peter Noel starting Monday on WWRL-AM (1600), a station geared toward black audiences.
City-funded nurses have been quietly pulled from dozens of parochial schools by the Bloomberg administration, and members of the City Council are trying to ratchet up the pressure to get them back.
“It’s a question of equity,” said Councilman Simcha Felder of Brooklyn, sponsor of a bill introduced last week that would require the city to make full-time registered nurses available at all private schools with more than 100 students. “It’s a question of making sure the health of all children in the city is protected.”
A high school newspaper in Brooklyn was improperly supervised when it allowed unfounded charges against Israel to be published as an op-ed, said the city’s Department of Education.
The article in The Argus, the student weekly at Midwood High School, likens the fear experienced by Americans after Sept. 11 to the daily experience of Palestinians under Israeli rule.
One group came to be briefed. Another came to do the briefing.
Separate delegations of Israeli experts came here recently to strengthen ties and build cooperation between the terror-plagued Jewish state and New York.
Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear the appeal of Lemrick Nelson Jr. in the Crown Heights murder case, the family of riot victim Yankel Rosenbaum fears that federal prosecutors will renew talks for a plea deal in the racially explosive case.
After meeting with Jonathan Pollard at a North Carolina prison, Assemblyman Dov Hikind says the former Navy analyst convicted of spying for Israel 22 years ago is contrite about his crimes and still hopeful that he’ll be freed.
“One of the things he said was that he has never asked for a pardon because he knew what he did was wrong,” said Hikind. “He is asking for a commutation of his [life] sentence.”
Some 70 state and city legislators have called on CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein to change the spring calendar so that final exams won’t be given on Shavuot.
This is the first year the City University’s 22 institutions have operated on a centralized calendar set by the chancellor’s office rather than on individual schedules. That means thousands of Jewish students across the city may be called upon to take exams on the evening of May 22 or the following two days, when Shavuot is observed.
Amiri Baraka, New Jersey’s controversial poet laureate who some New Jersey lawmakers are seeking to strip of his title, now faces a libel suit by five Israelis mentioned in his poem, “Who Blew Up America.”