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  • Follow The DJ

    By Tera Greene

    2 weeks ago

    Short and sweet.

    I am launching my website, http://www.djnovajade.com, tomorrow, April 1, 2014. 

    DJing is my profession, though many of you know that I am also a speaker and writer (duh!), among other things.  So, as I take my career to the next level, I am using my gifts in...

  • Wexler’s artisan-style deli to open in Grand Central Market

    March 20, 2014 | 11:51 am

    In a cover story last year for this publication, I lamented the lack of a contemporary, artisan-style deli in Los Angeles. While the deli scene in this city appears to be robust, we still need food entrepreneurs and chefs willing to shake up the status quo, much like what’s been...

  • N.Y. father of seven missing

    March 20, 2014 | 10:40 am

    [UPDATE March 24] Body of N.Y. father of seven found in state park.


    [MARCH 18] A father of seven from New York's Rockland County is missing after making suicidal comments.

    Search efforts continued on Tuesday for Peretz Sontag, who has been missing since Friday morning. Sontag...

  • Purim story: No Yeshiva Deferments

    March 19, 2014 | 3:50 pm

    The funhouse sideshow of Charedi life in Israel and in the New York area bursts forth every Purim, as the ultra-Orthodox transform themselves into fez-wearing Turks, medieval noblemen and so on.

    We enjoy the easing of cultural barriers in the humor and evincing of a shared...

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  • N.Y. man pleads guilty to violently forcing husbands to give gets

    March 10, 2014 | 10:58 am

    A New York personal trainer pleaded guilty to being part of a group of men who used violent means in exchange for pay to force Jewish husbands to give their wives religious divorces.

    David Hellman, 31, pleaded guilty on March 7 in U.S. District Court in Trenton, N.J. He could be...

  • N.Y. Jewish cemetery allegedly ripped off again

    February 11, 2014 | 10:04 am

    The overseer of a nonprofit New York cemetery who took control after the former operators were indicted for embezzlement was charged with stealing nearly $2 million.

    Timothy Griffin, 54, an attorney who stepped in to run United Hebrew Cemetery after the Staten Island burial...

  • Menachem Stark, slumlord or saint? Depends who you ask

    January 9, 2014 | 3:18 pm

    The murder of Menachem Stark has sparked intense media scrutiny of the Brooklyn real estate developer’s troubled business record, prompting the New York Post to ask “Who didn’t want him dead?” on its front page.

    But while mainstream media outlets scrutinized the Satmar hasid’s...

  • Two more charged in Met Council scam

    January 7, 2014 | 5:04 pm

    Two former employees of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty were charged in the multimillion-dollar scam at the New York charity.

    Former Executive Director David Cohen and Chief Financial Officer Herbert Friedman were arraigned Tuesday in Manhattan Criminal Court on grand...

  • Lacking long-term plans, many U.S. Jewish cemeteries in neglect

    December 19, 2013 | 1:12 pm

    For years, the historic Jewish cemetery was so overgrown with weeds, plagued by toppled headstones, and littered with fallen branches, beer cans and snack-food wrappers that at least a quarter of its graves were impossible to reach.

    Even now, after a $140,000 cleanup and improved...

  • Damaged Torahs found in Iraq buried in N.Y.

    December 17, 2013 | 10:30 am

    Damaged Torah scrolls found by U.S. troops in Iraq’s intelligence headquarters were buried in a New York cemetery.

    The burial took place Sunday at the New Montefiore Cemetery in West Babylon, Long Island, The Associated Press reported. More than 100 people attended the ceremony...

  • Jacob Ostreicher in U.S. after more than two years in Bolivia

    December 17, 2013 | 10:20 am

    Jacob Ostreicher, a New York businessman held in Bolivia since 2011, has returned to the United States, a U.S. State Department spokesman confirmed.

    “Mr. Ostreicher arrived in the United States Monday morning,” a spokeswoman told JTA in an email, confirming an Associated Press...

  • Incoming councilwoman: Knockout attacks may be caused by black-Jewish tension

    December 5, 2013 | 10:50 am

    An incoming New York City councilwoman said the wave of so-called knockout attacks may be caused by tension between blacks and Jews.

    Councilwoman-elect Laurie Cumbo, who was elected to represent the Crown Heights neighborhood and will take office next month, made the statement in...

  • Sucker punch: Brooklyn Jews targeted in ‘knockout’ attacks

    November 26, 2013 | 1:13 pm

    Chava, a student at a Chabad seminary, has lived in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn for six years, but it’s only in the past few days that she started carrying pepper spray in her handbag.

    Her younger brother gave her the deterrent after news hit of a string of recent...

  • Magical music of the Middle East

    By Rick Schultz

    November 22, 2013 | 4:13 pm

    Almost two years ago, while watching a YouTube video of Mohammed Fairouz’s “Tahrir for Clarinet and Orchestra,” Neal Brostoff, a visiting lecturer in Jewish music history at UCLA, had an idea. The concerto sounded “surprisingly Jewish,” he thought, and not just because the soloist...

  • Another arrest in Rapfogel case; alleged theft now $7 million

    November 15, 2013 | 10:42 am

    Authorities charged the owner of a New York insurance company with helping William Rapfogel, the former chief of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, steal more than $7 million from the organization.

    The owner, Joseph Ross, was arrested Wednesday and charged with a litany...

  • Mayor Garcetti lands spot on ‘Forward 50’

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 13, 2013 | 2:57 pm

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has earned a place on The Jewish Daily Forward’s annual list of 50 Jewish newsmakers of 2013. 

    Released on Nov. 11, the Forward’s list is a collection of the Jews whose accomplishments in politics, culture, religion, education, activism and other...

  • A call for Iran sanctions at Port

    By Karmel Melamed

    November 13, 2013 | 2:38 pm

    Amid the international negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, some national groups, as well as Los Angeles-based Jewish community organizations and other Iran human rights activists, have launched a new campaign calling for Los Angeles city officials to bar from the Port of Los...

  • Accused sex offender transferred to custody of Brooklyn D.A.

    By Jared Sichel

    November 7, 2013 | 3:01 pm

    New York law enforcement assumed custody of accused sex-offender Mendel Tevel late Thursday morning, Nov. 7, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. Beverly Hills police arrested Tevel on Oct. 29 after receiving a warrant from the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office.

    A...

  • ‘Israeliness’ may be the answer for secular American Jews

    November 6, 2013 | 1:37 pm

    The recent Pew survey of American Jews caused a flutter in the organized Jewish community.

    The survey raises a number of questions about the efficacy of Jewish institutions, leaving professionals and donors alike in a position of uncertainty regarding their investments in the...

  • Accused as sex-abuser, Mendel Tevel appears in L.A. court

    By Jared Sichel

    October 31, 2013 | 4:04 pm

    On Thursday afternoon, Oct. 31, Mendel Tevel appeared in a Los Angeles Superior Court for the first time since his arrest two days earlier by Beverly Hills police acting on a warrant issued by the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office. Tevel, a rabbi and youth worker, is accused of...

  • Mendel Tevel in Los Angeles jail awaiting extradition

    By Jared Sichel

    October 30, 2013 | 4:51 pm

    Menachem Mendel Tewel, who goes by the name Mendel Tevel, remains in a Los Angeles jail awaiting extradition to Brooklyn. The rabbi and youth worker arrested Tuesday afternoon at the JEM Center in Beverly Hills is expected to be charged in New York with three counts of sexual...

  • Jewish student press group convenes in L.A.

    By Jared Sichel

    October 30, 2013 | 1:05 pm

    More than two dozen Jewish high school student journalists from Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco gathered on Oct. 24 for a four-day convention and Shabbaton that aimed to build students’ practical journalism skills while addressing the intersection of news reporting and...

  • Beverly Hills Police report arrest of alleged sex abuser

    By Jared Sichel

    October 29, 2013 | 4:19 pm

    Mendel Tevel, a local rabbi and youth worker accused by multiple people in the New York Jewish community of sexual abuse, was arrested Tuesday, October 29, at the JEM Center in Beverly Hills.

    The arrest was reported to the Jewish Journal by Lt. Lincoln Hoshino, a spokesman for...

  • N.Y. deliveryman awarded $900,000 in anti-Semitism suit

    October 29, 2013 | 10:21 am

    A New York restaurant deliveryman was awarded $900,000 for enduring 16 years of anti-Semitic harassment by three supervisors.

    A U.S. District Court jury in Brooklyn found in favor of Adam Wiercinski on Oct. 24 in four hours, the New York Post reported Monday.

    Citing the...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend- an exclusive interview with Tomer Adaddi

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 18, 2013 | 1:28 pm

    Tomer Adaddi is an Israeli award-winning composer, pianist and musical producer, who has worked and collaborated with international musicians such as Andrea Bocelli, Mercedes Sossa, Il Volo, the Tenors, Michael Buble' and others.


    He was born in 1983 in Raanana, Israel, and...

  • Outmoded divorce law a real shandah

    October 16, 2013 | 10:20 am

    The FBI arrested two prominent Orthodox Jewish rabbis and two of their associates overnight Oct. 9 in New York. Allegedly, these rabbis arranged back-alley beatings for men who refuse to divorce their wives. Understanding their alleged crimes requires a short background in Jewish...

  • 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...

  • Alex Rodriguez sues Major League Baseball, Selig

    October 4, 2013 | 12:11 pm

    New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez has sued Major League Baseball and Commissioner Bud Selig and accused them of trying to destroy his reputation and his career.

    The embattled third baseman, who was suspended for 211 games for his alleged use of performance enhancing drugs,...

  • Rouhani outreach rejected

    By Karmel Melamed

    October 3, 2013 | 4:48 pm

    Iran’s recently elected President Hassan Rouhani may have reached out to Iranian-American Jews during his visit last month to New York, but Iranian-American Jews aren’t returning the gesture.

    Instead, they have responded with cynicism, declaring that recent comments made during...

  • The end of culture?

    October 3, 2013 | 1:19 pm

    The recent news that the New York-based Foundation for Jewish Culture will go out of business next year after more than a half century of activity sends an ominous message to all those concerned with the vitality of Jewish culture. 

    Over the course of its history, the foundation,...

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