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  • Manhattan’s Ramaz school clarifies advice on concealing kippahs

    By Julie Bien

    September 2, 2014 | 3:49 pm

    When Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, the principal of Ramaz, an Orthodox day school on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, first heard about last week’s attack in the neighborhood on a Jewish couple by a mob bearing Palestinian flags, he had an instinctual response. Maybe the male students at his...

  • Comedian Joan Rivers still on life support, Melissa Rivers says

    September 2, 2014 | 11:30 am

    Comedian Joan Rivers remained on life support on Tuesday after being hospitalized in serious condition due to cardiac arrest, her daughter Melissa said.

    Rivers, 81, was hospitalized in New York last week after she stopped breathing during a vocal cord procedure at a Manhattan...

  • Jewish couple attacked in NYC, apparently by Palestinian supporters

    By tessc

    August 26, 2014 | 11:15 am

    A Jewish married couple were verbally and physically attacked in New York City by assailants yelling anti-Jewish statements.

    On Monday evening, a gang pulled up in two cars and several motorcycles and surrounded the couple on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the New York Post ...

  • Giant Palestine Flag Draped on New York Bridge Under Investigation

    August 21, 2014 | 3:30 pm

    New York City detectives were searching on Thursday for activists suspected of unfurling a massive Palestine flag over the side of an East River bridge during a march in support of Palestinians in Gaza, police said.

    The flag, draped over the south side of the Manhattan Bridge...

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  • Calendar July 12-18

    By Laura Donney

    July 9, 2014 | 9:29 am

    SAT | JUL 12

    “FAMILY PLANNING” WORLD PREMIERE

    Nevermind 20-somethings moving back in with their parents — let’s talk about parents moving in with their married daughter. When New Age-Jewish-Buddhist Larry and his narcissistic ex-wife Diane lose their second spouses and most of...

  • Y.U. rabbinical student sentenced to 13 years in abuse case

    April 3, 2014 | 5:39 pm

    A Yeshiva University rabbinical student who pleaded guilty to child exploitation and distributing child pornography was sentenced to 13 years in federal prison.

    Evan Zauder, 28, was sentenced on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in New York, the Y.U. student newspaper, The...

  • Jersey boy ponders his home state’s governor

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    November 13, 2013 | 1:29 pm

    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.  

    Even when New York City was the central core of Jewish America (before...

  • Lapid: It’s safer for Jews in N.Y. than Israel

    October 9, 2013 | 10:57 am

    It is safer to be a Jew in New York than in Israel, Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid told an audience in New York.

    “Israel was founded as a refuge for the Jewish people, but today it isn’t a safe place. It is safer to be Jew in New York,” Lapid told PBS host Charlie Rose...

  • Women of the Word

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    June 27, 2013 | 8:17 am

    On a recent trip to New York, I spent Shabbat morning at The Jewish Center in Manhattan, a vibrant Modern Orthodox community. As services came to a close, the 500 congregants did not make the typical mad rush for the door. Instead, everyone remained seated, anxiously waiting to...

  • Filmmakers spin an Upper West Side fairy tale with L.A. Jewish Film Festival opener ‘Putzel’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 29, 2013 | 10:56 am

    Once upon a time, there was a magical land called the Upper West Side of Manhattan. And in that land lived a young man named Walter Himmelstein, with the unfortunate nickname of Putzel — “little fool” in Yiddish — who dreaded setting foot outside his village.

    Walter (Jack T....

  • Principled rabbis; Important, but flawed statement

    December 11, 2012 | 2:18 pm

    Rabbi Charles A. Kroloff, 

    Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Emanu-El, Westfield, New Jersey. 

    Past President, Central Conference of American Rabbis. 

    I have celebrated Shabbat several times at Manhattan’s B’nai Jeshurun synagogue,  affectionately known as BJ.   Its prayer service...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Jewish school teacher arrested on possession of child pornography

    May 4, 2012 | 10:49 am

    A teacher at a Jewish elementary school in the New York area has been arrested on charges of possessing child pornography.

    Evan Zauder, a sixth grade teacher at the Modern Orthodox school Yeshivat Noam in Paramus, N.J., was arrested after the FBI reportedly raided his Manhattan...

  • Hurricane Irene takes a toll on Jewish community with three deaths, but institutions spared

    August 29, 2011 | 4:50 pm

    For some in the Jewish community, Hurricane Irene was a soggy inconvenience.

    But for others it became a moment to extend a helping hand—in at least three cases, tragically.

    David Reichenberg, a 50-year-old father of four from Spring Valley, N.Y., died while saving a father and his...

  • Irene downgraded as four million without power

    August 28, 2011 | 12:44 pm

    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.

    The streets of New York City remained deserted on Sunday, as public transportation remained shut down, and the storm hit...

  • 2nd Avenue Deli is movin’ on up, to the East Side

    August 19, 2011 | 12:15 pm

    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.

  • To help with war trauma, Israeli soldiers take Manhattan

    August 8, 2011 | 1:30 pm

    When Israel wanted to help its troops, it sent them to America.

    Last month, 15 former soldiers selected by the Israel Defense Forces traveled to New York for a weeklong program to treat lingering trauma from their combat during the 2006 Lebanon War with Hezbollah.

    An Israeli group...

  • Fire ravages prominent N.Y. synagogue

    July 12, 2011 | 8:34 am

    A fire has badly damaged one of New York City’s most prominent synagogues.

    The four-alarm fire broke out in Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun on Manhattan’s Upper East Side at around 8:30 on Monday night, according to the Associated Press. The fire, caused the roof to collapse. The...

  • Lincoln Square Synagogue construction resumes

    April 4, 2011 | 3:01 pm

    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...

  • Stolen Torah scrolls have new homes

    September 22, 2010 | 10:49 am

    Two Torah scrolls rescued from thieves were given to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, which has found new homes for them.

    The scrolls, each about 150 years old, were given to the JDC by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office in a handover ceremony Tuesday at the...

  • JCC leader advising couple behind Islamic center

    August 23, 2010 | 10:45 am

    The head of the Manhattan JCC is advising the effort to build an Islamic cultural center two blocks from Ground Zero.

    Rabbi Joy Levitt, executive director of the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan, is calling on Jewish and Christian institutions to accept the couple behind 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...

  • Young Manhattanite’s diary of old is new again

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    September 3, 2008 | 9:16 pm

    In New York, even our trash is full of treasure.

    One fall morning in 2003, Lily Koppel left her Riverside Drive apartment building, a bit late for work at The New York Times, and was struck by the sight of a large dumpster outside the entranceway. Piled high were about 50 old steamer...

  • Back to the future -- my trip to the Lower East Side

    By Rob Eshman

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm


    Click on the photo name or PHOTO LINK for a description
    Photo slideshow by Rob Eshman



    "Just when I thought that I was out, they pull me back in."

    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"...

  • Q & A With Russian Jewish Author Gary Shteyngart

    By Harry Wiland

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Gary Shteyngart is a literary clown with a frown. His biting satire comments on a multi-cultural America in need of self-examination and reassessment.

    "Absurdistan" (Random House, $24.95), his extraordinary new novel, takes us on a no-holds-barred journey from post-communist Russia...

  • Andrea Bronfman, Charity Giant, Killed

    By JTA Staff

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    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.

    "She was a Zionist -- and her parents were lovers of Israel and strong Zionists," said Marlene Post, who worked...

  • Wandering Jew - A Nosh of the Big Apple

    By Alina Tugend

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    It seemed the perfect thing to do on a recent winter Sunday in New York -- visit some synagogues and nosh on ethnic foods.

    So my husband and two sons got in the car, drove through an amazingly empty Manhattan to the Lower East Side and joined the second annual Lower East Side Jewish...

  • Spectator - The Taboo Expressionist

    By Ariella Cohen

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The earliest recorded use of the word "tattoo" is found in descriptions of a Tahitian ritual, written by British explorer Capt. James Cook during a 1769 voyage through the South Pacific.

    Tattooing is an act of indelible self-expression. As such, it serves as an ideal vehicle for...

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