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  • Brooklyn man sentenced for sexually abusing haredi Orthodox children

    May 22, 2012 | 3:13 pm

    A Brooklyn man was sentenced to 20 years to life for sexually abusing children in his Orthodox Jewish community.

    Michael Sabo, a 38-year-old father of four, confessed to sexually abusing two children. He was sentenced Monday after agreeing to a plea bargain. 

    The district...

  • Brooklyn rabbi’s sexual abuse conviction overturned on appeal

    May 2, 2012 | 10:31 am

    A New York appeals court overturned the conviction of a Brooklyn rabbi on charges of molesting a teenage boy over the withholding of evidence.

    Rabbi Baruch Lebovits had served one year of his prison sentence before being released to house arrest pending the outcome of his appeal,...

  • Brooklyn food co-op rejects Israel boycott

    March 28, 2012 | 10:18 am

    A well-known cooperative grocery store in Brooklyn voted to reject a boycott of Israeli goods.

    At a special meeting Tuesday night, members of the Park Slope Food Coop rejected by a vote of 1,005 to 653 a proposal to hold a mail ballot referendum for all members on whether to stop...

  • Brooklyn DA claims record number of child sex-abuse charges vs. haredim

    November 28, 2011 | 3:14 pm

    The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office says it has charged 89 men in the borough’s haredi Orthodox communities with child sex abuse—a threefold increase over a two-year span.

    However, the Forward reported that Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes declined to provide any details about the...

  • Brooklyn neighborhood hit again in alleged hate crime

    November 17, 2011 | 10:40 am

    A Brooklyn neighborhood was the scene of an alleged hate crime for the second time in less than a week.

    Early Wednesday morning, the Avenue J subway sign in the Midwood section of the New York borough was spray-painted to read “Avenue JEW.”

    Last week three cars were set afire in...

  • Tnuva drops Brooklyn distributor following labor campaign

    November 14, 2011 | 3:45 pm

    Tnuva, Israel’s largest dairy company, said it will not renew its contract with its Brooklyn distributor, which is accused of underpaying workers and firing employees illegally.

    A campaign by organized labor and Jewish groups had urged Tnuva to break from Flaum Appetizing, which...

  • Child sex arrests spike. Or do they?

    November 11, 2011 | 10:58 am

    Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes claims to have arrested an unprecedented 89 men on child sex-abuse charges in the ultra-Orthodox communities in Brooklyn over the past two years — but declines to provide any details backing up the numbers or to give the status of any of the...

  • Israel orders Brooklyn man extradited

    November 10, 2011 | 4:00 pm

    A Jerusalem court ordered the extradition of a Brooklyn man to the United States in connection with a racially charged 2008 attack.

    The Jerusalem District Court on Thursday approved the extradition of Yitzchak Shochet, wanted for allegedly beating two men in Brooklyn.

    Police in New...

  • Trial of Leiby Kletzky’s accused killer staying in Brooklyn

    November 8, 2011 | 9:54 am

    The trial of Levi Aron, the Brooklyn man accused of killing 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky, will stay in Brooklyn, an appeals court ruled.

    Lawyers for Aron had asked the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court to move his trial out of the borough over fears that the...

  • Lawyer for Leiby Kletzky’s alleged murderer: My client is insane

    October 25, 2011 | 11:28 am

    A lawyer for the man who confessed to killing 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky said the confession was coerced and his client is insane.

    Howard Greenberg, an attorney for Levi Aron, said during a hearing Monday in New York State Supreme Court in Brooklyn that he will prove that Aron is not...

  • Brooklyn signs ask Jewish women to step aside for men

    October 10, 2011 | 11:37 am

    Yiddish signs briefly sprouted on Brooklyn trees asking Jewish women to step aside when a man walks down the sidewalk.

    The plastic signs bolted to trees in the Brooklyn neighborhood of South Williamsburg read, in Yiddish, “Precious Jewish Daughters: Please move over to the side...

  • America’s Pogrom

    August 12, 2011 | 11:44 am

    It was tense conversation. The editor at NPR (clearly Jewish) was defending the reporting about violence in Brooklyn.  Twenty years ago black mobs had taken to the streets after a car accident that took the life of a black child.  Jews huddled in their homes in fear. Cars were...

  • Holocaust fund scammer gets a year in slammer

    August 8, 2011 | 3:55 pm

    A Russian Jewish immigrant was sentenced to a year and a day in jail for scamming thousands from a fund benefiting Holocaust victims.

    Polina Anoshina, 63, of the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn, also received two years probation when she was sentenced Monday in U.S. District...

  • 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...

  • 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.


  • ‘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.


  • 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...

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