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  • Where the Heart Is - Thoughts of an American Israeli

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    4 days ago

    This post was written by my friend, Jillian Altit, who made Aliyah 2.5 years ago, and has recently returned from a visit to her family home in New York.

    Anyone who knows me knows that I’ve always had my heart in two places.

    Having been away from New York for so long and now...

  • Palestinian flag raised at UN headquarters for first time

    6 days ago

    The Palestinian flag was raised outside the United Nations headquarters in New York for the first time.

    The ceremony on Wednesday afternoon was attended by diplomats in the U.N.’s Rose Garden shortly after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, in a speech to the U.N....

  • Your Choice Can Save A Life: Shari Schnall

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    1 week ago

    You can save someone's life. New York is faced with a troubling statistic: the state ranks last in the country in percentage of residents registered as organ donors. With just 25% of New Yorkers enrolled on the registry, the state is well below the national average of 50%. This...

  • Victims’ relatives gather 14 years after Sept. 11 attacks

    September 11, 2015 | 10:56 am

    Relatives assembled under overcast skies on Friday to commemorate nearly 3,000 people killed in the Sept. 11 attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and outside Washington 14 years ago, when airliners hijacked by al Qaeda militants brought death, mayhem and destruction.

    In New York,...

  • Personal grief, national grief and how we remember

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    September 8, 2015 | 5:35 pm

    It’s that time of year again, when I feel less like a citizen of Los Angeles and more like the New Yorker I was before my Western migration seven years ago. A look at the calendar, a clear blue sky, a helicopter circling overhead all cause an idiopathic pang that transports me back...

  • With fist-bump, Trump reports for jury duty in N.Y.

    August 17, 2015 | 12:49 pm

    Billionaire Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump reported for jury duty in New York on Monday in a black limousine, signing autographs and giving a fist-bump to a supporter as he took a break from the campaign trail.

    Trump, the front-runner in a crowded Republican...

  • Trump’s female fans shrug off ‘blood’ comment about TV host

    August 13, 2015 | 11:43 am

    It's easy to find female fans of Donald Trump in this cluster of former factory towns in the hills west of New York City even after his comments about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly that have been widely interpreted as referring to her menstrual cycle.

    The loud-mouthed real estate...

  • Study: N.Y., Boston and Miami are America’s 3 most Jewish cities

    August 3, 2015 | 2:11 pm

    New York, Boston and Miami are the three most Jewish cities per capita in the country, according to a new analysis of data gathered last year by the Public Religion Research Institute.

    Eight percent of New York City residents are Jewish, followed by Boston at 6 percent and Miami...

  • All that glitters is Ari Gold

    By Jonathan Maseng

    July 16, 2015 | 10:07 am

    Sir Ari Gold isn’t actually a knight, but the popular singer and LGBT rights activist can be seen in shining armor in photos on his website. His bold and scandalous style, outspoken nature, and catchy music blending dance and R&B sensibilities ensures no one could ever mistake him...

  • Birthright group asks alum to lobby Congress against Iran Nuclear deal

    By Tom Tugend

    July 14, 2015 | 4:27 pm

    On Tuesday, a New York-based Birthright Israel alumni group sent an email to all of its members urging them to lobby Congress to reject the nuclear arms agreement between Iran and the United States.

    The email, however, does not speak for the national and global Birthright Israel...

  • Ex-NY Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver’s son-in-law admits to defrauding investors

    July 13, 2015 | 3:32 pm

    A son-in-law of indicted former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver pleaded guilty on Monday to operating a Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors out of nearly $6 million over seven years.

    Marcello Trebitsch, 37, pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court to securities fraud,...

  • A Moment In the Dark for Iris

    July 8, 2015 | 4:00 am

    [Editor’s Note: 18 students of the Gamliel Institute, the leadership training arm of Kavod v’Nichum, having successfully completed all courses and requirements as part of the certification process by the Gamliel Institute, participated in, and recently returned from, the first ever...

  • Jewish group hired Mexican laborers to protest gay pride parade

    June 29, 2015 | 1:29 pm

    An Orthodox Jewish group hired Mexican laborers to protest for them at the gay pride parade in New York.

    A reporter for The New York Times witnessed the group of Mexican men picketing for the Jewish Political Action Committee, a Hasidic group based in Brooklyn, at Sunday’s parade...

  • The Global Family Reunion shows how far online genealogy has come

    June 15, 2015 | 11:50 am

    What is more unexpected: that Jewish author A.J. Jacobs, known for his ambitious lifestyle experiments, has some Asian and Scandinavian roots? Or that rapper Ludacris is 1/16th Jewish?

    These are the types of questions that were raised by the Global Family Reunion on June 6, a...

  • Convicted killer in New York prison break on third escape attempt

    June 9, 2015 | 12:22 pm

    The daring weekend escape from a New York maximum-security penitentiary – the facility's first prison break – marked at least the third time convicted murderer Richard Matt has moved to bust out from behind bars.

    As authorities searched for a fourth day on Tuesday for Matt, 48,...

  • Marchers at N.Y.’s Israel parade ‘standing up for what is right,’ Netanyahu says

    June 1, 2015 | 2:14 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told participants at the Celebrate Israel Parade in New York that they are “sending a powerful message of support for the essential justice of Israel’s cause.”

    Tens of thousands gathered on Sunday for the 51st annual parade, which this...

  • Broadcast newsman Murray Fromson looks back at storied career

    May 28, 2015 | 5:18 pm

    As a young child growing up in the Bronx, N.Y., Murray Fromson admired Edward R. Murrow’s reports from London during World War II.

    “I was enamored of him,” Fromson said. “I’d go to sleep with a pencil under my pillow, pretending it was a microphone.”

    Not only did Fromson...

  • How to build an American shtetl — See: Bloomingburg, N.Y.

    May 22, 2015 | 8:40 am

    This is how you launch a Hasidic shtetl in 21st-century America.

    Step 1. Find a place within reasonable distance of Brooklyn where the land is cheap and underdeveloped.

    Step 2. Buy as much property as you can in your target area – if possible, without tipping off locals that...

  • Hillary Clinton’s White House bid sparks examinations of her Israel record

    April 13, 2015 | 10:29 am

    Hillary Rodham Clinton, whose complex dealings with Israel date back to her days as first lady of Arkansas, announced her second bid for the White House.

    Clinton’s announcement Sunday made headlines in Israel, with newspapers running front-page chronologies of her relations with...

  • ‘The Cobbler’: Adam Sandler takes a walk in 1903 New York

    By  Tom Tugend

    March 11, 2015 | 12:10 pm

    Some three years ago, film director-writer-actor Thomas McCarthy was sitting at his desk, in his office located on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, playing with ideas for a movie, when the proverb about walking in another man’s shoes popped into his head.

    What would happen, he...

  • U.S. charges 3 with conspiring to support Islamic State

    February 25, 2015 | 10:55 am

    Three men were charged on Wednesday with conspiring to support Islamic State, including two who planned to travel to Syria to fight on behalf of the radical group, U.S. authorities said.

    One of the men, Akhror Saidakhmetov, 19, of Kazakhstan was arrested early on Wednesday at...

  • Medical marijuana may soon get kosher stamp of approval

    February 23, 2015 | 11:15 am

    Kosher marijuana could soon be available to Orthodox Jews in New York State — but only on doctor’s orders.

    Rabbi Moshe Elefant, COO of the Orthodox Union’s kosher certification agency, said he has held “preliminary discussions” with several companies interested in obtaining a kosher seal of approval for medical marijuana.

    Read more at Forward.

  • Prosecutor asks for Strauss-Kahn acquittal in French sex trial

    February 17, 2015 | 3:41 pm

    A French prosecutor asked a criminal court on Tuesday to acquit former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of a pimping charge for his role in what investigating magistrates argued was an organized sex ring using prostitutes.

    Strauss-Kahn was tipped to become French president before...

  • Death toll in New York train crash revised to six from seven

    February 4, 2015 | 9:10 am

    Investigators examining the circumstances of a New York commuter train accident that killed six people said on Wednesday they were collecting recording devices from the site where the train hit a vehicle stalled on the tracks in the railroad's worst-ever accident.

    New York...

  • Conservative flagship to finance capital improvement by selling dorms, air rights

    January 30, 2015 | 11:46 am

    Like any other longtime Manhattan property owner, the Jewish Theological Seminary has seen the value of its real estate holdings skyrocket in recent years and has gotten its share of inquiries from prospective buyers.

    Now the Conservative movement’s flagship institution has...

  • Sheldon Silver to step down as N.Y. State Assembly speaker

    January 28, 2015 | 10:43 am

    Longtime New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who is facing corruption charges, will resign from his position.

    Silver will be replaced on Monday by majority leader Joseph Morelle, a Rochester-area assemblyman, according to The New York Times. Morelle will serve as...

  • In first, expat author Ruby Namdar wins Israel’s leading literary prize

    January 27, 2015 | 2:01 pm

    Israel’s biggest literary prize, the Sapir Prize, has the drama and mystery of a lottery.

    The identity of the judges remains secret until shortly before the ceremony, when they meet for an early dinner to decide the fate of the five nominees short-listed for best novel. Meanwhile...

  • Northeast U.S. braves ‘crippling’ blizzard

    January 26, 2015 | 1:36 pm

    A massive blizzard slammed into the U.S. Northeast on Monday, canceling thousands of flights, curtailing mass transit and closing hundreds of schools, as officials warned that the storm could dump as much as 3 feet of snow on the region.

    New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and...

  • Tributes, protests mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    January 19, 2015 | 3:37 pm

    Tributes to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. were held nationwide on Monday as protests over the treatment of minorities by law enforcement rolled on across the country.

    Observers of Martin Luther King Jr. Day have this year linked the federal holiday to a rallying cry...

  • No Americans in Paris: U.S. absence draws criticism at home

    January 12, 2015 | 12:45 pm

    A Republican U.S. senator lambasted the White House on Monday for not sending a top American official to a Paris unity march after deadly Islamic militant attacks in that city, and a New York tabloid headline screamed "You let the world down."

    The image of Israeli Prime Minister...

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