I was once a Jersey boy. I grew up in Nutley, N.J., just about 20 minutes from Manhattan. I still wear my T-shirt from Rutt’s Hut in Clifton, N.J. — known to many as the maker of the best hot dog in America.
It is safer to be a Jew in New York than in Israel, Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid told an audience in New York.
I have celebrated Shabbat several times at Manhattan’s B’nai Jeshurun synagogue, affectionately known as BJ.
The national headquarters of the Jewish Federations of North America could not have been in a worse location when Sandy struck.
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.
A teacher at a Jewish elementary school in the New York area has been arrested on charges of possessing child pornography.
For some in the Jewish community, Hurricane Irene was a soggy inconvenience.
At least four million people are without power and nine dead in the United States in the wake of Hurricane Irene, which has been downgraded to a tropical storm.
New York's Second Avenue Deli now has two locations -- neither of which is on Second Avenue. JTA has video of the new branch's opening, featuring a cameo by television and Yiddish stage star Fyvush Finkel.
When Israel wanted to help its troops, it sent them to America.
A fire has badly damaged one of New York City’s most prominent synagogues.
Construction resumed on the new Lincoln Square Synagogue building in New York more than four months after it was halted due to funding problems. The building of the Modern Orthodox synagogue on the Upper West Side of Manhattan began anew Monday following a successful effort to raise $3 million by April 30, mostly from its 650-family membership -- the stipulation in order to access a $20 million pledge from an anonymous donor to complete the building .
Two Torah scrolls rescued from thieves were given to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, which has found new homes for them.
The head of the Manhattan JCC is advising the effort to build an Islamic cultural center two blocks from Ground Zero.
"It's an attempt at a bit of nostalgia," said Abe Glazer (Haaren High School, '49) as he shuffled into a courtyard ringed with banners identifying high schools -- DeWitt Clinton, Erasmus Hall High, New Dorp -- where former bobby-soxers sat with Shofar hot dogs or lined up at a vintage Carvel Ice Cream cart as a sextet of alumni/musicians whomped out big band sounds.
She learned that her building was expanding its bike room and had cleaned out an area where these trunks, whose owners had moved on, had sat unopened for decades. Amid the chaos, a building porter told her that he had found a young girl's diary and gave her the small book with its crackling leather cover and chrome lock.
I'm standing on the balcony of a boutique hotel in New York's Lower East Side, looking down on Orchard Street, having a "Godfather" moment.
"Absurdistan" (Random House, $24.95), Gary Shteyngart's extraordinary new novel, takes us on a no-holds-barred journey from post-communist Russia to a mythical former Soviet Union state he calls Absurdistan, with stop-offs in between to his beloved New York City. Q & A session.
Andrea Bronfman, a giant in the world of Jewish philanthropy, was killed Monday when a car struck her while she was walking her dog in Manhattan. She was 60 years old.
At one point the neighborhood was considered so dangerous, people were afraid to walk the streets at night, but now it is experiencing something of a renaissance among Jews and non-Jews alike.
We had no idea if we would be the only ones to brave the cold and damp but were pleasantly surprised; about 30 people made up our tour.
Tattooing is an act of indelible self-expression. As such, it serves as an ideal vehicle for Jill Ciment's new novel, "The Tattoo Artist."
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.
A traffic sign with the words, "Leaving Brooklyn Oy Vey!" went up on the Williamsburg Bridge from Brooklyn into Manhattan.
It's been six months since I relocated for work, "taking a break" from the love of my life, Los Angeles.
"I came to klezmer quite by accident," said virtuoso clarinetist David Krakauer.
He was a noted classical musician around 1987 when a chance encounter on a Manhattan bus changed the direction of his career.
I used to want things. One day, I realized the seven pairs of Puma sneakers and the Pottery Barn rug and the 8-pound "Columbia
Encyclopedia," those were just things to pack, and I didn't want them anymore.
"City of Dreams: A Novel of Nieuw Amsterstam and Early Manhattan," by Beverly Swerling. (Scribner paperback, $15.)
John Irving, whose novels have the rare distinction of being widely praised, read and filmed, has said that he always follows havoc with healing. Spanning the destruction-filled years of 1661 to 1798, Beverly Swerling's sprawling and successful novel about the origins of Manhattan purposely offers her readers no such solace.
At a time when many people are writing and publishing memoirs, Sternburg's "Phantom Limb" is uncommon.
What is most striking about all the photographs of lost souls that still line the streets of lower Manhattan, says Chaplain Gila Katz, is how many of those faces are young.
"There's a real crisis of faith, but also a crisis of wondering what is going to happen in the future," says Katz, director of Klein Chaplaincy Service of the South Bay, which services 500 patients. "People are just trying to figure out a way to deal with this. How do they go on with hope for the future; how do young women and men bring up children on their own?"