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  • Year in Review: Highlights of 5773

    September 4, 2013 | 1:15 pm

    From wars and elections to scandals and triumphs, here’s a look back at the highlights of the Jewish year 5773.

    September 2012

    Sept. 19: Islamists throw a homemade grenade into a Jewish supermarket near Paris, injuring one. The incident is part of a major increase in attacks...

  • As new year approaches, N.Y. community devastated by Hurricane Sandy still rebuilding

    September 3, 2013 | 2:05 pm

    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...

  • Bill granting FEMA funds to Sandy-damaged shuls sparks uncharacteristic Jewish response

    February 19, 2013 | 2:34 pm

    How essential is a house of worship to a neighborhood?

    That’s the crux of a question now exercising Congress as a bill advances that would provide direct relief to synagogues and churches damaged by superstorm Sandy last October.

    The bill, which passed the U.S. House of...

  • At White House, Chanukah’s light comes from Sandy-ravaged shul’s menorah

    December 14, 2012 | 1:18 pm

    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.

    This Chanukah, Rabbi David Bauman brought to the White House one of two 90-year-old menorahs that survived...

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  • Repair the World offering grants to encourage Sandy relief

    December 4, 2012 | 1:05 pm

    The Jewish service group Repair the World is offering micro-grants to encourage students to volunteer for Hurricane Sandy relief.

    The grants, which will range from $1,000 to $5,000, are intended to cover expenses for volunteers willing to spend at least 200 hours helping storm...

  • Kansas City synagogue donates Torah scroll to synagogue hurt by Sandy

    November 27, 2012 | 9:43 am

    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.

    Kehilath Israel Synagogue, an Orthodox synagogue in Overland Park, Kan., which has more than 15 Torah scrolls, is...

  • Brooklyn toy store brings Chanukah early to children affected by Sandy

    November 21, 2012 | 1:26 pm

    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.

    Yonasan Schwartz, the owner of Toys to Discover on 18th Avenue in the heavily Jewish area of the New York borough, gave...

  • Orthodox Sandy relief

    November 20, 2012 | 1:04 pm

    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...

  • From Sandy to Gaza rockets, students weather each other’s storms

    November 20, 2012 | 9:51 am

    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...

  • Israeli volunteers head to N.Y. to help in Sandy relief efforts

    November 14, 2012 | 11:00 am

    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.

    The volunteers, young adult Russian speakers, will be in New York for 10 days to assist the Jewish community, with a focus on Russian speakers,...

  • Jewish friends killed during Sandy remembered for selflessness, activism

    November 6, 2012 | 2:56 pm

    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...

  • Sandy stories: Destruction, recovery and human kindness

    November 6, 2012 | 2:44 pm

    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...

  • From Madoff to Sandy and on eve of GA, federations retool when crisis hits

    November 5, 2012 | 2:45 pm

    The national headquarters of the Jewish Federations of North America could not have been in a worse location when Sandy struck.

    Except, maybe, if it were located on the Jersey Shore.

    The Jewish Federations’ building in lower Manhattan lost power amid Hurricane Sandy’s winds and...

  • Sandy flooding closing offices of Forward, several Jewish organizations ‘for months’

    November 5, 2012 | 1:45 pm

    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.

    Citing an unnamed disaster recovery company official involved with the building, where the...

  • A response to a stiff-necked playwright

    November 5, 2012 | 11:43 am

    This piece is a response to "A note to stiff-necked people" by David Mamet which first appeared on JewishJournal.com on Nov. 1.

    David Mamet recently asked the following questions of “Jews planning to vote for Obama.”  Herewith, my responses.

    Are you prepared to explain to your...

  • My Chris Christie hypocrisy

    By Marty Kaplan

    November 5, 2012 | 11:00 am

    I was against Chris Christie before I was for 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. ...

  • In Sandy’s aftermath, N.Y.’s UJA federation releasing $10 million in emergency aid

    November 5, 2012 | 9:10 am

    UJA-Federation of Greater New York released $10 million in Hurricane Sandy emergency relief aid to its network agencies and synagogues.

    The agency made the funds available on Monday morning; its board of directors had decided unanimously to make the money available in a special...

  • Deluged day school, ruined Torahs and devastated communities left in Sandy’s wake

    November 1, 2012 | 2:51 pm

    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.

    Everywhere he looked around his school,...

  • Where was God When Hurricane Sandy Struck?

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    October 31, 2012 | 1:13 pm

    What was G-d thinking when he sent Hurricane Sandy and what could have been its purpose?

    In truth, I don’t much care, because our role as humans is not to understand G-d’s plan in the face of horror and tragedy, but to challenge God and demand that human life always be protected...

  • Tree felled by Sandy kills Jewish teacher, college student

    October 31, 2012 | 8:34 am

    Two young Jews were killed in Brooklyn by a falling tree during superstorm Sandy.

    The pair were out walking a dog Monday night in the storm's high winds.

    The dead were identified by The New York Observer as Jessie Streich-Kest, 24, who worked as a high school teacher in the...

  • October 31, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 31, 2012 | 2:02 am

    In-depth

    Washington’s Failure to Rein in UNRWA

    Writing in Algemeiner, Asaf Romirowsky takes aim at the U.S. for the failure to implement the original plan to resettle Palestinian refugees.

    In all these efforts, the concerns of the Palestine Arab refugees, as opposed to the...

  • Hospitals battled to protect patients as Sandy raged

    October 30, 2012 | 4:42 pm

    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.

    Record flooding and power outages across the northeastern...

  • As storm descended on Northeast, Jews took to Internet to share stories and appeal for help

    October 30, 2012 | 1:44 pm

    Hurricane Sandy: How you can help

     

    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.

    DuBowski’s elderly parents had declined to leave their home in Manhattan...

  • Hurricane Sandy: How you can help

    By JewishJournal

    October 30, 2012 | 1:00 pm

    Know another organization helping with disaster relief? Let us know by commenting below.


    The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles is accepting donations to contribute to recovery and rebuilding in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.  One hundred percent of collected donations will...

  • Jewish institutions remain closed due to Sandy

    October 30, 2012 | 8:04 am

    Jewish institutions throughout the eastern United States remained closed following the onslaught of superstorm Sandy.

    Sandy, which was downgraded from a hurricane late Monday night, made landfall near Atlantic City Monday, with hurricane-force winds of up to 85 miles per hour and...

  • October 30, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 30, 2012 | 3:26 am

    In-depth

    Why Iran Wants to Attack the United States

    Writing in Foreign Policy, Matthew Levitt warns that while Tehran's attempts to thwart attacks on its nuclear program have so far largely been bumbling efforts, that might not remain the case. 

    ...by late 2009, Iran was...

  • Jewish institutions shutting down for massive storm

    October 29, 2012 | 9:15 am

    [UPDATE 5:15 p.m. PDT] Reuters 

    Massive storm Sandy made landfall on Monday along the coast of southern New Jersey, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

    Sandy was located about 5 miles southwest of Atlantic City, N.J., and had maximum sustained winds of 80 mph. 

    Reporting...

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