From wars and elections to scandals and triumphs, here’s a look back at the highlights of the Jewish year 5773.
Nine months ago, Natalia Demidova crouched on the second floor of her Staten Island home and watched her neighbor’s SUV race a 10-foot wave down the street. The wave crashed through Demidova’s quiet residential block in the South Beach neighborhood and flooded her home with more than two feet of water.
How essential is a house of worship to a neighborhood?
It has become something of a White House Chanukah tradition. For the second time, the Obama White House used a menorah from a hurricane-hit region to mark the holiday.
The Jewish service group Repair the World is offering micro-grants to encourage students to volunteer for Hurricane Sandy relief.
Members of a Kansas City synagogue have come to the aid of Jewish Hurricane Sandy victims in Long Island by donating a Torah scroll to a synagogue that lost four.
Chanukah came early for children in Brooklyn after a toy store in Borough Park handed out more than $10,000 worth of toys to those affected by superstorm Sandy.
When Hurricane Sandy made landfall in late October, it left much of New York City and its surrounding communities in shambles, sending shockwaves all the way to Los Angeles. Touched by the stories of devastation, three local rabbis and their congregations pulled together to raise nearly $75,000 in one week to help residents in the Five Towns on Long Island and Far Rockaway, Queens, both areas with vibrant Jewish communities.
Between Israeli youths going through Hurricane Sandy and American youths experiencing the onslaught of rockets from Gaza, participants of November’s America Israel Friendship League’s (AIFL) student exchange rode an emotional and historic rollercoaster on both sides of the Atlantic.
A delegation of Israeli volunteers is on its way to the New York area to assist the Jewish community in the wake of superstorm Sandy.
Jessie Streich-Kest and Jacob Vogelman, two Brooklyn Jews and friends from childhood who were killed during the height of Hurricane Sandy, both came from families deeply involved in social and humanitarian causes. Their death, according to Vogelman’s father, also involved an element of selflessness.
A week after Sandy swept into the New York area with fierce winds, driving rain and a high tide for the history books, the nation’s largest Jewish community was still picking up the pieces. JTA gathered stories from around the storm zone about Sandy’s destruction, the recovery and the remarkable tales of human kindness.
The national headquarters of the Jewish Federations of North America could not have been in a worse location when Sandy struck.
A Manhattan office building that houses the Jewish Daily Forward and several Jewish organizations may be closed for several months due to flood damage sustained from Hurricane Sandy.
David Mamet recently asked the following questions of “Jews planning to vote for Obama.” Herewith, my responses.
I was against Chris Christie before I was before him. If Obama wins, when all the exit polling gets sorted through, it’s those images of the Democratic president touring the hurricane damage arm-in-arm with the Republican governor that may turn out to have given him his advantage.
UJA-Federation of Greater New York released $10 million in Hurricane Sandy emergency relief aid to its network agencies and synagogues.
When Rabbi Avremel Okonov arrived Tuesday morning at the school he co-founded 10 years ago in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn, the water in the basement had already receded from the high water mark. It only came up to his knees.
What was G-d thinking when he sent Hurricane Sandy and what could have been its purpose?
Two young Jews were killed in Brooklyn by a falling tree during superstorm Sandy.
At one New York hospital where backup generators failed, staff carried premature babies down more than a dozen flights of stairs in one of the more dramatic moments for healthcare workers during powerful storm Sandy.
At 10 p.m. Oct. 29, as the full brunt of Hurricane Sandy was bearing down on the northeastern United States, filmmaker Sandi DuBowski posted an urgent online message.
“As you all are aware, Hurricane Sandy, a storm of unprecedented magnitude, struck the Eastern portion of the United States. Seeing the response of communities across the region to the devastating storm, we are awed by the strength of the American people.
Jewish institutions throughout the eastern United States remained closed following the onslaught of superstorm Sandy.
Jewish institutions throughout the eastern United States were closing in preparation for the onslaught of Hurricane Sandy.