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  • 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...

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  • ‘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,...

  • Shoulders, knees and no’s: NYC sues Satmar businesses over modesty signs

    October 1, 2013 | 10:26 am

    Good news for Brooklynites who like to shop while scantily clad: New York City’s Commission on Human Rights is suing seven businesses run by the Satmar Chasidic sect located on Lee Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The case, which has been brewing for months, will go to trial in...

  • Kerry aims to boost support for U.S. stance in nuclear meeting with Iran

    September 26, 2013 | 10:27 am

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sought to bolster international support to keep pressure on Iran in nuclear talks with world powers set for Thursday even as Iran's new president pressed a diplomatic charm offensive at the United Nations.

    The meeting in New York involves a very...

  • Abbas to U.S. Jews: Culture for peace better now than in 2000s

    September 24, 2013 | 9:41 am

    In a meeting with U.S. Jewish leaders, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he was more hopeful now for peace than he was in the mid-2000s.

    “If you ask me this question during the intifada, I didn’t have an answer,” Abbas said Monday, referring to the 2000-2005...

  • U.S. Iranian Jews decline meeting with Rohani

    September 24, 2013 | 9:34 am

    The organized Iranian Jewish community in the United States has declined an invitation to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rohani during his visit to New York.

    The Iranian American Jewish Federation received an official invitation to meet with the new Iranian President more...

  • Thousands of kapparot chickens die in New York heat

    September 13, 2013 | 9:33 am

    Thousands of chickens designated for the pre-Yom Kippur kapparot ritual died in New York due to unseasonable heat.

    An estimated 2,000 chickens died Wednesday in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Borough Park on Wednesday, when temperatures climbed into the mid-90s, the New York Daily...

  • On the eighth day, God made oxycodone

    September 11, 2013 | 10:58 am

    New York City narcotics agents announced the indictment of five Brooklyn men yesterday, members of a Sabbath-observant drug ring that operated out of Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.

    Defendants Jack Zibak, 28; Jack Zaibak, 24; Eduard Sorin, 38; David Gerowitz, 37; and Philip...

  • Sonia Maron, Holocaust survivor, 90

    September 10, 2013 | 10:24 am

    Sonia grew up in Minsk, Russia, her teen years abruptly cut short by the eruption of a war that would destroy most of her family and friends, and catapult her into a harrowing struggle to survive. And survive she did, fleeing from village to village with her family, finding work of...

  • Investigation: Y.U. sex abuse extended beyond high school for boys

    August 26, 2013 | 11:33 am

    Incidents of physical and sexual abuse at Yeshiva University were not limited to its high school for boys, an investigation has found.

    An outside investigation commissioned by the university following reports of sexual abuse by two faculty members at Y.U.’s high school for boys...

  • Childhood abuse victims name alleged abuser

    By Jared Sichel

    August 14, 2013 | 2:32 pm

    Sitting with his back hunched, his wife by his side and a kippah on his head, a 23-year-old bearded Orthodox man nervously told a gathering of parents at a private residence near Pico-Robertson that a young man named Mendel Tevel had sexually abused him when he was 14. Tevel now...

  • Invites: Snail or E-mail?

    August 14, 2013 | 1:58 pm

    My bat mitzvah invitation had bright purple embossed text on a hot- pink card with my name enlarged in decorative script at the top and daisies adorning the bottom.

    Twenty-plus years later, I remember eagerly waiting for my friends to receive the invitations and running home...

  • Jewish leaders react with shock to fall of longtime anti-poverty activist William Rapfogel

    August 13, 2013 | 2:39 pm

    The New York Jewish communal world reacted with shock this week to news that William Rapfogel, longtime head of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty and a major player in New York’s Jewish community, had been fired for alleged financial improprieties.

    The Met Council, which...

  • Tabloids: Rapfogel allegedly profited from Met Council scheme

    August 13, 2013 | 10:27 am

    When the story first broke on Monday about N.Y. anti-poverty and political bigwig William Rapfogel being fired from his longtime post as head of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, the exact nature of the allegations were unclear.

    So it was possible to think that...

  • We are Carlos Danger

    By Rob Eshman

    August 7, 2013 | 11:00 am

    By last Wednesday, thanks to the magic of the Internet, I had seen as much of Anthony Weiner’s private parts as if I had spent the afternoon with him in the shvitz.

    The former congressman and New York mayoral hopeful had sexted the pictures to his 23-year-old crush, Sydney...

  • Don’t worry, heroin-addicted would-be terrorist is not a Nazi

    July 31, 2013 | 2:45 pm

    New York loves nothing so much as a good scandal. So considering the carnival of a mayoral race that is now unfolding, it’s probably understandable some people might have missed this one: Aaron Greene, 31, a son of New York Jewish privilege, was sentenced today to seven years in...

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