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  • Obama airs settlement concerns, Netanyahu praises US friendship in their likely final meeting

    September 21, 2016 | 2:45 pm

    President Barack Obama expressed concern about settlement activity and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called America Israel’s best friend as the two leaders sat down for what is likely their final meeting.

    The U.S. and Israeli leaders met Wednesday afternoon in New York on the...

  • New York bombing suspect Rahami captured in New Jersey

    September 19, 2016 | 9:12 am

    An Afghanistan-born American sought in connection with a bombing that wounded more than two dozen people in New York City and could be linked to other bombs found in New York and New Jersey was taken into custody on Monday after a shootout, a New Jersey mayor said.

    Ahmad Khan...

  • New York City shaken by ‘intentional’ explosion, 29 injured

    September 17, 2016 | 7:32 pm

    An explosion rocked the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan on Saturday night, injuring at least 29 people, authorities said, adding that they are investigating the blast as a criminal act not immediately linked to any terror organization.

    Mayor Bill de Blasio and other city...

  • Real Housewives of New York City Week 18 Recap

    By Ilana Angel

    August 9, 2016 | 7:56 pm

    We are in Palm Beach for the engagement party Luann is seemingly planned for herself. Every single one of these women is hating on Luann’s happiness. Luann is wearing a white dress, which I find to be both cute and ridiculous. Luann is greeting her fake friends while the girls are...

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  • ‘Sauna rabbi’ providing counseling at NY health center

    August 9, 2016 | 10:51 am

    Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt, the New York spiritual leader who resigned from his pulpit after coming under fire for having naked sauna chats with boys in his congregation, is working as a counselor at a suburban New York health center.

    Rosenblatt is providing spiritual and...

  • 4 pro-Israel NY food co-op members suspended for disrupting 2015 BDS presentation

    June 29, 2016 | 2:53 pm

    A popular Brooklyn cooperative grocery store that has been fighting about Israel boycott efforts for eight years reportedly suspended four pro-Israel members for interrupting a meeting more than a year ago.

    According to the Brooklyn Paper, four Park Slope Food Co-op members have...

  • United Auto Workers rejects NYU graduate student union vote backing Israel boycott

    June 29, 2016 | 1:34 pm

    The United Auto Workers union struck down a vote by the graduate student union at New York University to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.

    Last week’s decision came two months after the resolution to support the BDS movement was approved by...

  • Smashed car window covers 6-year-old in glass, may be hate crime

    June 29, 2016 | 1:31 pm

    A teenage boy hurled a rock into the car of an Orthodox Jewish woman in Brooklyn, shattering the back window and covering her 6-year-old child in glass.

    The teen, who was not identified, had shouted an anti-Semitic remark at the woman in the car before throwing the rock and fleeing the scene, the New York Daily News reported.

    The New York Police Department’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating.

  • NY Hasidic singer Lipa Schmeltzer stars in Israeli Pepsi Max ad

    June 22, 2016 | 9:40 am


    Lipa Schmeltzer, Hasidic pop star and glasses fashionista, can now add another line to his resume: Israeli Pepsi Max endorser.

    Lipa, who has broken with his Brooklyn haredi Orthodox community in supporting the State of Israel, recorded a minute-long Pepsi Max commercial...

  • Zev Brenner, host of ‘premier’ Jewish radio show, sentenced for tax evasion

    June 21, 2016 | 3:39 pm

    The host of a New York radio show that bills itself as “America’s premier Jewish program” was sentenced to one year of probation and a $2,500 fine for not filing taxes.

    Zev Brenner, the founder, president and executive producer of the 30-year-old Talkline Communications Network,...

  • Humans of New York showcases the adorable way a Jewish journalist teaches his sons about charity

    June 21, 2016 | 1:41 pm

    Steven I. Weiss has been praised for his work as a reporter and now as the director of original programming and new media at The Jewish Channel, a national cable outlet focused on Jewish news and culture.

    But it’s safe to say he has never had this many likes on Facebook.

    Weiss...

  • Meet the Orthodox ‘American Ninja Warrior’ training to be a rabbi

    June 21, 2016 | 11:41 am

    Like his fellow competitors on “American Ninja Warrior,” 25-year-old Akiva Neuman pushed himself to his physical limits — climbing, jumping and running through an intense obstacle course — in the hopes of making it to the national finals in Las Vegas.

    But unlike the dozens of...

  • Albany kosher cheese maker charged with defrauding investors

    June 21, 2016 | 11:18 am

    The owner of an Albany, New York kosher cheese business has been charged with fraud.

    Lawrence Rosenbaum, 64, of Albany, was arraigned on Monday. He is accused of promising investors in Saratoga Cheese Corporation, his kosher and halal cheese business, high returns and shares of...

  • Jewish businessman, three NY cops arrested in ongoing federal corruption probe

    June 20, 2016 | 1:21 pm

    Brooklyn Jewish businessman Jeremy Reichberg and three high-ranking New York police officers have been arrested in a wide-ranging federal corruption investigation involving New York City officials and potential improprieties in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s political fundraising...

  • NY lawmakers approve more oversight, funding for Orthodox-controlled school district

    June 20, 2016 | 12:50 pm

    New York’s state legislature approved a bill that would provide greater oversight of an Orthodox-controlled school district along with $3 million in aid.

    The bill concerning the embattled and financially troubled East Ramapo School District in New York’s Rockland County, passed...

  • Assault rifles and Nazi paraphernalia found in New York home

    June 17, 2016 | 1:26 pm

    A man with a stash of assault rifles, bomb making instructions and Nazi paraphernalia in his home in Long Island, New York, was arrested on weapons charges.

    Edward Perkowski, 29, was arrested Thursday at the house in the hamlet of Mount Sinai. His brother, Sean Perkowski, 25, who...

  • Cuomo signs executive order to fight BDS

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    June 6, 2016 | 8:58 am

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday signed an executive order that orders state agencies to divest themselves of companies and organizations who support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against the state of Israel.

    “In New York, we lead by example. We are...

  • 75th anniversary of Baghdad pogrom to be commemorated in 4 cities

    May 31, 2016 | 2:53 pm

    The author of a work on the Nazi-era massacre in Baghdad believed to have precipitated the Jewish exodus from Iraq is commemorating its 75th anniversary with candle lightings in four cities.

    Edwin Black, who in 2010 published “The Farhud,” about the June 1-2, 1941 massacre of at...

  • Sense of siege in Kiryas Joel amid FBI raids and scrutiny of yeshivas

    May 17, 2016 | 3:26 pm

    Even before FBI investigators descended last week on the Satmar Chasidic village of Kiryas Joel, there was a growing sense in this insular community that it and its unique way of life were under attack.

    Two months earlier, the FBI had been in the village investigating alleged...

  • Section 8 vouchers disproportionately go to Brooklyn’s Chasidic Jews, report charges

    May 17, 2016 | 1:18 pm

    Chasidic Jews in Brooklyn benefit disproportionately from Section 8 housing vouchers, even as other impoverished residents have difficulty obtaining the federal housing subsidy, according to a new report.

    A joint investigation published Tuesday by WNYC and the New York Daily News...

  • Chicken pox outbreak hits Brooklyn Hasidic neighborhood

    May 17, 2016 | 12:42 pm

    The New York Health Department is investigating an outbreak of chicken pox in a Hasidic Jewish neighborhood of Brooklyn.

    Some 75 cases of the varicella virus have been documented in Williamsburg since March, according to reports.

    All of the cases involve children age 10 or...

  • Federal agents raid New York Hasidic town of Kiryas Joel

    May 12, 2016 | 1:02 pm

    Federal agents searched the New York Hasidic village of Kiryas Joel for the second time in the past two months, this time targeting a yeshiva and the town’s public safety building.

    According to multiple news outlets, investigators from the FBI, Sullivan County District Attorney’s...

  • Real Housewives of New York City Week 5 Recap

    By Ilana Angel

    May 4, 2016 | 7:40 pm

    Typos are generously sponsored by Jose Cuervo.

    I love this show but the fun is already making itself scarce. I’m not sure how we got so dark so fast, but we need some fun and the best way to get that is to add a little more Sonja and dial back on the Bethenny. Bethenny saved this...

  • Buoyed by charedi growth, Jewish school enrollment in NY up by 4.4 percent in one year

    May 3, 2016 | 2:37 pm

    Enrollment in New York State’s Jewish day schools and yeshivas increased by 4.4 percent last year.

    According to data compiled by the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council from statistics provided by the New York State Education Department, more than 143,000 students were...

  • Undercover video of Chasidic principal handling boy prompts sex abuse probe

    May 3, 2016 | 2:25 pm

    The story is an all-too-familiar horror tale: An adult in a position of power – in this case a Chasidic school principal – is accused of sexually abusing a child in his care.

    But one thing makes this episode very different: The encounter was captured on a hidden camera and posted...

  • Orthodox activists and victims asking NY to change sex abuse reporting laws

    May 2, 2016 | 1:35 pm

    Advocates for sexual abuse victims in the Orthodox Jewish community will be descending on New York’s state capital on May 3 to lobby the legislature to eliminate the statute of limitations for child sex abuse offenses.

    A bill to change the statute of limitations has...

  • Great Adventure: How an amusement park goes Orthodox for Passover

    April 26, 2016 | 1:42 pm

    Pinchas Cohen spent most of Monday wandering around Six Flags Great Adventure under a blazing sun, wearing a knee-length black coat and carrying a big box of shmura matzah under his arm.

    An imposing, Russian-born Chabad-Lubavitch Hasid who now lives in Brooklyn, Cohen came to...

  • Sanders hits Clinton on campaign finance hours before New York votes

    April 18, 2016 | 3:45 pm

    Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders accused front-runner Hillary Clinton of apparent campaign finance violations on Monday, ratcheting up the rhetoric against his rival one day before New York state's crucial primary elections.

    Sanders questioned whether Clinton's...

  • Jewish groups blast Sanders over Israel stance

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    April 11, 2016 | 10:58 am

    Bernie Sanders didn’t help himself with the Jewish community in New York – a strong constituency in next week’s primary – as he doubled down on his criticism of Israel’s 2014 military action in Gaza.

    “Was Israel’s response disproportionate? I think it was,” Sanders said during an...

  • United Nations: ‘Miscommunication’ behind ban of Israel’s Zionism display

    April 5, 2016 | 9:14 am

    A “miscommunication” led the United Nations to ban a display about Zionism from an Israeli exhibition at its headquarters in New York, a spokesman told JTA.

    Hours after the exhibition opened Monday morning, an initially banned display panel about Zionism was added. But the U.N....

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