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  • After Leiby Kletzky murder, Orthodox children face unchanging milestones

    July 25, 2011 | 1:27 pm

    For a blue-eyed 13-year-old named Yochanan, the lure of sleepaway camp this year is a religious ceremony at summer’s end. Yochanan will have a small bar mitzvah there in August, reading from the Torah in front of his bunkmates for the first time. A second, more formal ceremony will...

  • Leiby Kletzky’s alleged killer reportedly tried to kidnap other boys

    July 17, 2011 | 12:36 pm

    The man charged in the murder of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky reportedly tried to kidnap other boys.

    A woman who lives three doors from Levi Aron in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn told the New York Post over the weekend that the confessed killer tried to kidnap her son in the last...

  • Coping with the Tragedy of the Murder of Leiby Kletzky

    By Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    July 15, 2011 | 1:11 pm

    The tragedy of the loss of such innocence looms over this Shabbat.  Last week the Berry family of Houston was in a tragic car accident where both parents died and two of the kids were left paralyzed, coming to Chicago for treatment.  Then we started this week with a “catastrophe,...

  • Leibby Kletzky’s accused killer expected to be arraigned today [VIDEO]

    By JewishJournal.com

    July 14, 2011 | 12:20 pm

    An edited version of Kletzky’s confession can be found here. (Warning: Disturbing content)

    The man accused of abducting and murdering 8-year-old Leibby Kletzky is expected to be arraigned on murder charges today, NBC New York reports.

    Levi Aron was arrested on Wednesday and charged...

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  • Thousands attend funeral for murdered Brooklyn boy

    July 14, 2011 | 10:22 am

    Thousands of people turned out for the funeral of Leiby Kletzky, the 8-year-old Chasidic boy in Brooklyn found murdered and dismembered after having disappeared two days earlier.

    Wednesday night’s funeral in the neighborhood of Borough Park came on the same day as his body was...

  • Rest in Peace Leiby Kletzky

    By Ilana Angel

    July 13, 2011 | 10:18 am

    My heart is broken this morning having awoken to the news that Leiby Kletzky, the 8 year old boy from Brooklyn, who has been missing for two days, has been found dead.  I have been praying for him to be safe and it is so sad that this beautiful child has passed in such an inhuman...

  • Body of Brooklyn youngster Leiby Kletzky found, suspect arrested

    July 13, 2011 | 9:08 am

    The body of an 8-year-old Brooklyn boy who disappeared while walking home from camp was found, and at least one suspect was taken into custody.

    Leiby Kletzky had been missing since Monday. Part of his dismembered body reportedly was found Wednesday morning in a dumpster in Brooklyn...

  • N.Y.‘s highest court to hear appeal on rabbi’s extradition

    May 11, 2011 | 10:21 am

    New York State’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, has agreed to hear a case requesting the release of documents relating to the sexual abuse case involving Brooklyn Rabbi Abraham Mondrowitz.

    Attorney Michael Lesher had asked Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes to release...

  • Brooklyn Jew played key role for Pope John Paul II

    April 12, 2011 | 1:31 pm

    When hundreds of thousands of people converge on the Vatican for the beatification of Pope John Paul II on May 1, a Brooklyn-born Jewish orchestra conductor will have an honored place among them.

    Gilbert Levine, whose grandparents emigrated from Poland and whose mother-in-law was a...

  • Fire destroys Chabad preschool in Brooklyn

    April 11, 2011 | 2:29 pm

    The cause of a fire that destroyed a Chabad preschool in Brooklyn is under investigation.

    The Educational Institute Oholei Torah School in East Flatbush was destroyed on Sunday morning, the New York Daily News reported. No one was in the building. The school normally serves about 100 children aged 3 to 5.

    Several fire companies fought the hourlong blaze.

    School officials told reporters that classes will be held elsewhere until they can rebuild.

  • North American immigrants lead in Israel’s nonprofit sector

    March 21, 2011 | 10:35 am

    When David Portowicz was a new immigrant to Israel from Brooklyn in the 1970s, he began research on poverty in Jaffa that would lead to his life’s work: the creation of a nonprofit organization that now serves thousands of disadvantaged children and their families.

    A doctoral...

  • ‘Brooklyn’ mines pathos, humor of 1st-gen journey

    By Tom Tugend

    February 8, 2011 | 5:47 pm

    The original title of Jake Ehrenreich’s show-in-the-making was a rather bland “Growing Up in America,” but, fortunately, it will open Feb. 16 at American Jewish University under the more pointed title, “A Jew Grows in Brooklyn.”

    How the title change came about is described...

  • Snow dumping topples headstones in Brooklyn cemetery

    January 5, 2011 | 10:06 am

    New York City snow removal trucks dumped tons of snow from the area’s recent blizzard into the city’s largest Jewish cemetery, toppling 21 headstones.

    An iron fence around Brooklyn’s Washington Cemetery also was damaged when crews from the Sanitation Department dumped the snow into...

  • Brooklyn Rabbi Milton Balkany convicted of extortion

    November 11, 2010 | 10:53 am

    Brooklyn Rabbi Milton Balkany, a Jewish day school director and political activist, was convicted in federal court of extortion.

    Balkany, 64, was found guilty Wednesday by a jury in U.S. District Court in Manhattan of extortion, blackmail, wire fraud and making false statements.

    He...

  • ‘Kill Jews’ notes author charged with hate crime

    November 4, 2010 | 12:19 pm

    A former Brooklyn car service driver accused of leaving notes reading ‘Kill Jews’ around New York’s Long Island was arraigned on a hate crimes charge.

    Demetrios Apolonide, the driver for XYZ Car Service who was arraigned Wednesday for aggravated harassment, allegedly dropped the...

  • N.Y. nostalgia with an egg cream chaser

    By Hank Rosenfeld

    October 9, 2008 | 5:12 pm

    "A lot o' the tribe are here," Stewie Stone said. The 68-year-old comic, who got his start as a Borscht Belt tummler at the Concord Hotel, was one of many landsman stuffed into Beverly Hills High School for a reunion on Saturday night -- the 23rd annual New York Day in L.A.

    The...

  • Comic book strip draws on historical New York

    By Amy Klein

    June 12, 2008 | 2:33 pm

    Ben Katchor speaks slowly, hal-ting-ly, pausing frequently, as if he's thinking of images to go with his words as he speaks.

    He probably is, as the comic book artist (not graphic novelist) has been pairing images with words for most of his life. While the characters of his fanciful...

  • Comic book strip draws on old New York

    By Amy Klein Religion Editor

    June 9, 2008 | 2:33 pm

    Ben Katchor speaks slowly, hal-ting-ly, pausing frequently, as if he's thinking of images to go with his words as he speaks.

    He probably is, as the comic book artist (not graphic novelist) has been pairing images with words for most of his life. While the characters of his fanciful...

  • Books: Exile from Egypt through a daughter’s eyes

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: My Family's Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World," by Lucette Lagnado (Ecco, $25.95).
    When Leon Lagnado would walk at his brisk pace through the streets of Cairo in the 1940s, heads would turn: He was said to resemble Cary Grant. The suave,...
  • Matisyahu gets a new spiritual groove

    By Debra Nussbaum Cohen

    January 10, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    It is only a few miles from Crown Heights to Greenpoint, Brooklyn, but in some respects, the asphalt avenues linking them bridge entirely disparate worlds.

    Matisyahu Miller -- known to his legions of fans by his first name, and to his friends simply as Matis -- makes the trip almost...

  • Satmar Fight Underlines Its Assimilation

    By David N. Myers

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The death of Rabbi Moses Teitelbaum, spiritual leader of the Satmar Chasidic sect, marks more than the passing of a revered Torah sage. It also signals the conclusive passage of his community from Europe to America, a process that first began nearly 60 years ago.

    The movement's...

  • Spectator - A Sane Italian Jew? Fugedaboutit

    By Robert David Jaffee

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Historians have indicated there were roughly 50,000 Jews in Rome when Caesar reigned and the same number under Mussolini. Beyond the obvious assimilation, it's clear Jews and Italians know how to coexist. No wonder the two peoples lived in adjoining neighborhoods on the Lower East...

  • A Step Into Secular

    By Sue Fishkoff

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Chaim breezes into a diner on the Upper West Side of Manhattan clutching two huge shopping bags.

    "I got some clothes, this plaid shirt, two for $5, this leather jacket just $20," says Chaim, 19, in the clipped, Yiddish-accented English of the Chasidic world he comes from. "I didn't...

  • Bike the Big Apple

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Chasidic Williamsburg, Roosevelt Island and Long Island City are easily navigable by bicycle, but given New York's frenetic pace, you might prefer an expert take you there.

    Bronx native Joel Seidenstein stands ready at the handlebars.

    After 33 years teaching social studies in the...

  • ‘Oy Vey’  Such a Sign

    By Jewish Telegraphic Agency

    October 6, 2005 | 8:01 pm

    A traffic sign with the words, "Leaving Brooklyn Oy Vey!" went up on the Williamsburg Bridge from Brooklyn into Manhattan. The city's Department of Transportation approved the sign earlier this month, after rejecting an earlier request from Borough President Marty Markowitz.

    "The beauty is, every ethnic group knows it," Markowitz said of the expression.

     

  • Say Cheese, L.A.

    By Leora Alhadeff

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    What's a Brooklyn-born Jewish engineer doing photographing the streets of Los Angeles?

    "Anything is possible," said Larry Brownstein, photographer, author and publisher of "Los Angeles, Where Anything is Possible." (Brownstein Publications, $19.95)

    "My folks were encouraging me to...

  • Yonah and the Wail

    By Gaby Wenig

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Johnny Childs, blues musician, has come a long way from his old life as an ultra-Orthodox hoodlum. He started off in Brooklyn as Yonah Krohn, the unruly third child in a family of 10, who would sometimes briefly steal the fancy cars outside synagogues and take them for joy rides. He...

  • Wingman Wanted

    By Carin Davis

    November 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Let's talk about Ruth and Naomi, two smokin' hot babes who Thelma and Louised it from Moab.

    Ruth could have ditched her friend to find a new dude. But instead, she played her "where you go I go, where you stay I stay" wingman card and schlepped across the desert with Naomi. My...

  • Mark of the Werewolf

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In the 1970s -- dubbed "the Bronze Age" by comic book historians -- I was a kid living in Canarsie, Brooklyn, N.Y., where, every week, I blew my allowance on Marvel Comics. What I didn't know at the time was that Don Perlin, a Canarsie native, was illustrating some of those books in...

  • Ghosts of Passovers Past

    By Amy Klein

    March 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    I have never quite gotten used to celebrating two seders.

    After doing only one seder for each of the nine Passovers I was in Israel, the second night now seems like religious deja vu, a "Groundhog Day," where I'm setting the table yet again, rereading the haggadah and singing the...

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