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  • RIP, Pete Seeger

    January 28, 2014 | 10:35 am

    Today began on a sad note with news that Pete Seeger, a man for whom the modifier “legendary” seems hopelessly inadequate, had died in New York City at 94.

    Unlike some of my friends who were weaned on Seeger’s music, I encountered the man only later. An image from Alec...

  • N.Y. mayor vows to find Stark killer, condemns Post newspaper

    January 13, 2014 | 4:23 pm

    New York City’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio, said finding the killer of Charedi Orthodox Brooklyn landlord Menachem Stark is a priority and condemned the New York Post’s coverage of the incident.

    De Blasio, who has been roundly criticized for his silence in the case, ripped the...

  • Police: Caleb Jacoby found safe in NYC

    January 9, 2014 | 9:24 pm

    The police department in Brookline, Mass., told JTA that 16-year-old Caleb Jacoby has been found safe in New York City.

    Jacoby, an 11th-grader at the Maimonides School in suburban Boston, had been missing since midday on Jan. 6.

    The case drew national attention, in part because...

  • Boteach tweets of terror during N.J. mall shooting with family inside

    November 5, 2013 | 11:09 am

    Rabbi Shmuely Boteach tweeted “Please pray” as law enforcement scoured a New Jersey mall looking for the gunman who fired shots there while his daughter and wife took cover inside.

    Boteach and three of his children were entering the Garden State Plaza in Paramus on Monday night...

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  • Opinion still matters more than money

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    September 17, 2013 | 3:21 pm

    New York City voters appear to be moving beyond the era of their three-time mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has long dominated the city’s politics. With the Sept. 16 concession of William C. Thompson, the winner of New York’s Democratic mayoral primary is the liberal Bill de Blasio,...

  • Met Council taps N.Y. finance chief Frankel to replace Rapfogel

    August 19, 2013 | 10:12 am

    The Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty is bringing in New York City’s finance chief, David Frankel, to succeed the fired William Rapfogel as executive director and CEO.

    The Met Council announced the appointment of Frankel, who has been the commissioner of the Department of...

  • NYC suspends millions in funding to Met Council

    August 16, 2013 | 9:55 am

    New York City has reportedly suspended all funding to the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty following the firing of its longtime CEO over alleged financial misdeeds.

    “All pending awards have been put on hold until an investigation by [the New York Department of...

  • Reclaiming the swastika

    July 19, 2013 | 9:34 am

    A swastika banner will fly over New York City and appear in other major cities around the world this Saturday.

    No, the Nazis aren’t invading. This Saturday marks the fourth annual World Swastika Rehabilitation Day, organized by the International Raelian Movement. Founded in 1974,...

  • Stop and frisk and common sense

    By  David A. Lehrer

    June 12, 2013 | 4:11 pm

    Today’s Wall Street Journal has a lucid and compelling op/ed by Heather MacDonald of the Manhattan Institute entitled “How to Increase the Crime Rate Nationwide.”

    In a politically incorrect piece, she argues why the likely outcome in New York’s widely followed “stop, question and...

  • Mezuzahs set ablaze in haredi Orthodox Brooklyn section

    April 9, 2013 | 8:49 am

    Eleven mezuzahs were set afire in a residential building in Brooklyn in an incident that New York City police are treating as a hate crime.

    The vandalism occurred Monday afternoon -- the day Israel observed Holocaust Remembrace Day -- in public housing located in the...

  • Brooklyn prosecutor to seek freedom for man convicted in 1990 killing of rabbi

    March 20, 2013 | 9:56 am

    In the wintry darkness 23 years ago on a back street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a jewelry thief fleeing a botched robbery panicked and shot a Chasidic rabbi in the head.

    Four days later, the rabbi, Chaskel Werzberger, an Auschwitz survivor, died of his wounds. Even in the New...

  • Goodbye Soda…..Hello Bloomberg

    By Beit T'shuvah

    March 12, 2013 | 1:50 pm

    By Michael Welch

    This week, I began writing my blog earlier than usual. If I don’t say so myself, it was a wonderfully executed critique, demonizing Michael Bloomberg’s misguided radical soda reform.  As I finished typing the last word of my searing expose, my news ticker mooted...

  • Ed Koch Eulogized as Friend of Israel, Jewish People

    February 7, 2013 | 9:52 am

    Ed Koch was remembered as a friend of Israel and the Jewish people by a cast of political luminaries at the former New York City mayor’s funeral.

    At a service that filled the cavernous sanctuary of Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan — the crowd included former President Bill Clinton,...

  • New York to name subway station after Koch

    February 4, 2013 | 9:47 am

    New York City will rename a subway station in memory of Edward Koch, the three-term mayor who died last week.

    U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) will announce Monday that the station at East 77th Street and Lexington Avenue will be renamed the Mayor Ed Koch Subway Station, the...

  • Russian Jews in U.S. to remember Koch

    February 1, 2013 | 12:09 pm

    The Russian-American Jewish community will honor the late New York City mayor Ed Koch at an upcoming event.

    Limmud FSU, which holds educational confabs for Russian-speaking Jews around the world, said Friday it will hold a special ceremony commemorating the Jewish politician at...

  • Remembering Ed Koch: A pugnacious New Yorker and passionate Jew till his dying day

    February 1, 2013 | 11:19 am

    One of the proudest moments of Ed Koch’s life came during a trip to Israel in 1990, in the midst of the first Palestinian intifada.

    Koch had recently left City Hall after 12 years as mayor of New York City and was touring Jerusalem when a Palestinian threw a rock at his group,...

  • Ed Koch, former NYC mayor, dies at 88

    February 1, 2013 | 7:55 am

    Ed Koch, the pugnacious former New York City mayor whose political imprimatur was eagerly sought by Republicans and Democrats alike, has died.

    Koch, 88, died early Friday morning of congestive heart failure, his spokesman told The New York Times. He had been hospitalized twice in...

  • Rabbi Sharon Brous blesses inauguration

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 22, 2013 | 11:38 am

    Rabbi Sharon Brous of IKAR offered blessings on Jan. 22 at the Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., which traditionally is held the day following the official inauguration.

    “Elohei ha-ahavah, God of Love,” Brous began, addressing...

  • Study: Jewish population is booming in Brooklyn neighborhoods

    January 18, 2013 | 9:43 am

    The Jewish population of greater New York City rose ten percent in the last decade, to 1.54 million, a study found.

    Two-thirds of that growth came from two haredi Orthodox neighborhoods, according to data released Friday by UJA-Federation of New York.

    The data is part of a...

  • An Iranian-Jew’s trip to the White House

    By Sam Yebri

    December 19, 2012 | 10:16 am

    “What is the difference between a New York City garment district bookkeeper and a Supreme Court Justice? Just one generation.”

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a daughter of Jewish immigrants, shared these words in 2004 at a celebration of the 350th anniversary of...

  • As storm descended on Northeast, Jews took to Internet to share stories and appeal for help

    October 30, 2012 | 1:44 pm

    Hurricane Sandy: How you can help

     

    At 10 p.m. Oct. 29, as the full brunt of Hurricane Sandy was bearing down on the northeastern United States, filmmaker Sandi DuBowski posted an urgent online message.

    DuBowski’s elderly parents had declined to leave their home in Manhattan...

  • Real Housewives of NYC Reunion = Nap Time

    By Ilana Angel

    October 10, 2012 | 5:41 pm

    After what may have been the most pathetic housewives season ever, we are now given a reunion that put many of us to sleep.  One cannot even speak of this show without pointing out the obvious.  What the hell have these chicks done to their faces?  The amount of plastic surgery...

  • Jewish agency launches inquiry into fatal hotel shooting

    October 5, 2012 | 9:41 am

    The Jewish Agency is opening an inquiry into its Oranim program after an American participant gunned down a hotel employee in Eilat.

    "In response to the tragic incident in Eilat, the Chairperson of the Jewish Agency, Natan Sharansky expressed his deep sorrow at the loss of life...

  • Real Housewives of NYC Finale Snooze

    By Ilana Angel

    October 4, 2012 | 4:52 pm

    I have been watching this season with very limited interest.  I didn’t pay close enough attention to blog it, but I watched, and drank, and was thoroughly disgusted.  They tried to revamp the show with three new cast members but it didn’t work.  As the season ends, none of the new...

  • Ahmadinejad meets Farrakhan, other religious leaders

    September 28, 2012 | 9:41 am

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad met with Nation of Islam leader the Rev. Louis Farrakhan and other religious leaders.

    The meeting on Tuesday in New York City was reported in an English translation of the Iranian president’s Web page, according to the Daily Caller, an online...

  • Real Housewives of NYC – She is Coma Toast!

    By Ilana Angel

    August 28, 2012 | 3:16 pm

    The much anticipated three part trip to St. Barths has begun.  We start with the flight onto the small island and Carole talking about the loss of John and Caroline.  I love Carole and actually don’t like it when she talks about them. She seems uncomfortable when she does and I...

  • Real Housewives of New York City are Lame

    By Ilana Angel

    August 21, 2012 | 9:05 am

    It is amazing what these women are willing to show on television.  They may no longer be entertaining, but they are fascinating.  We start this week at the same party as last week.  Aviva is a yenta who stirs up trouble and Heather is annoyed by how everyone backstabs each other.

    ...
  • RHONYC Hits a New Low

    By Ilana Angel

    August 19, 2012 | 5:28 pm

    Back from my vacation in Canada, I returned to what may be the most horrific episode of the Real Housewives of New York City.  These chicks are completely insane and I’m not sure why I was so anxious to see what I missed.  It is 2 in the afternoon and yes, I am drinking.

    We start...

  • The Real Housewives of NYC Stays Fake but Gets Good

    By Ilana Angel

    August 9, 2012 | 8:01 am

    I’ve been watching all season but truth be told, I’m bored. The new chicks are not that interesting and the old chicks have a hag quality that is not entertaining.  I simply could not be bothered to blog about it.  I wasn’t paying close enough attention to recap it, so I...

  • Real Housewives of NYC - Ramona the Roach

    By Ilana Angel

    August 1, 2012 | 8:59 am

    I have been watching this season of RHONYC but not blogging about it. I went in not knowing if I would like the new girls and frankly after the first show thought it would be too difficult to pay close enough attention to write about what I was watching.  It was just not that...

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