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Explaining Pew’s Findings On Orthodox Jews

10/21/2013
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We would like to thank Rabbi David Eliezrie for describing the new Pew Research Center survey of U.S. Jews as “a treasure house of information” on contemporary trends in Jewish life.

Unfortunately, however, Eliezrie’s Opinion column also mischaracterized the survey’s results, including some findings that actually support the points he was trying to make about Orthodox Judaism in America.

Frank Conversation On Disability And Inclusion

10/16/2013
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Three prominent change-makers will take part in a discussion entitled “Understanding Difference: A Frank Conversation About Disability and Inclusion” at Cong. Rodeph Sholom on Monday, Oct. 28, at 7:30 p.m.

Response To Low-Cost L.I. Synagogues

10/16/2013
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The Sept. 6 article by Stewart Ain “Lured by Cost and Community,” about low-cost startup synagogues on Long Island, could just as well have been titled, “Lured by Low Cost and Low Commitment.”

Member Item Funding Again Under Fire

After Quinn's grants tied to campaign donors, de Blasio says end the program; UJA-Fed. fears 'black hole.'

07/03/2013
Assistant Managing Editor
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The City Council’s system of doling out millions of dollars to community organizations is once again under fire after Speaker Christine Quinn gave a hefty chunk of her share to groups whose officials support her mayoral campaign.

Christine Quinn gave $3.1 million to organizations linked to her donors, a report says.

Report Shows 'Dramatic' Rise In New York Jewish Poverty

06/06/2013
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A new report shows that 20 percent of Jewish households in the New York metropolitan area are poor, a figure only marginally lower than the rate in the general population.

The report released Thursday by UJA-Federation of New York found more than 560,000 people living in 200,000 poor or near-poor Jewish households, a figure that represents a doubling of the number of people living in poor Jewish households since 1991, despite only a 14 percent increase in the Jewish population. The report also found nearly half of children in Jewish households live in poor or near-poor conditions.

Sequester Set To Slash Disability Services

As we’ve discussed already on the blog, forced federal budget cuts triggered by a stalemate in Congressional negotiations over a new budget will hurt programs and services for those with disabilities.

Here’s more detail on how the sequester will play out in New York state, from Jewish Week staff writer Stewart Ain, who wrote an entire article on the subject.

President Barack Obama and Congress are at loggerheads over the budget, and the sequester is the result. Getty Images

As N.Y. Haredi Population Grows, Battles Over City Neighborhoods Ensue

02/19/2013
JTA

If you're looking to move to an apartment on or near Park Avenue, be prepared to break open the piggy bank. Prices are higher than ever and developers are squabbling over construction rights.

That's Park Avenue, Brooklyn -- not its swankier Manhattan namesake.

Latest Jewish Population Data Show Gains In Manhattan, Loss In Suffolk

Methodology questioned by demographer.

01/17/2013
Staff Writer

The Jewish population in the Washington Heights/Inwood communities on the northern tip of Manhattan has soared by 144 percent since 2002, while Suffolk County, with a 4 percent decrease in Jews during that time, is the only suburban county to experience a Jewish population loss.

A look at the latest numbers by county.

Latest Jewish Population Data Show Gains In Manhattan, Loss In Suffolk

01/17/2013
Staff Writer

The Jewish population in the Washington Heights/Inwood communities on the northern tip of Manhattan has soared by 144 percent since 2002, while Suffolk County, with a 4 percent decrease in Jews during that time, is the only suburban county to experience a Jewish population loss.

A look at the latest numbers by county.

Looking For Work, Finding Community

At UJA-Federation support group, unemployed share coping strategies and get spiritual perspective.

11/27/2012
Staff Writer

Think of a bottle of soap bubbles, and a toy comes to mind. Yet a group of adults struggling with the very grown-up problem of unemployment learned earlier this fall that a simple relic from childhood can be their friend, too.

Job seekers Arlene Sheflin, left, and Frann Wolfe at recent “Keeping Your Spirits Up” support group. Helen Chernikoff
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