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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • Weiner train keeps chugging

    July 31, 2013 | 10:39 am

    Some guys just can’t get a break. You’d think that maybe, just maybe, after the sexting and the press conferences, and more sexting and the refusal to bow out, Anthony Weiner could just do what he says he wants to to do, focus on the issues, on the things that reaaaaaly matter to...

  • Ossie Schechtman, scored first basket in NBA, dies at 94

    July 30, 2013 | 3:31 pm

    Ossie Schectman, who scored the first basket in the league that would become the NBA, has died.

    Schectman, a New York native who made the historic layup while playing for his hometown Knicks, died Tuesday. He was 94.

    The Knicks were playing the Toronto Huskies on Nov. 1, 1946...

  • Why Huma Abedin stands by her man

    July 25, 2013 | 10:10 am

    Many New Yorkers, as the New York Times notes, are “baffled by the loyalty shown by Huma Abedin” to her transgressing spouse, Anthony Weiner.  I suspect, however, that for many first generation immigrants such as myself, especially those of us with Asian and South Asian roots, she...

  • Cuba: Land of my Bubbe

    July 24, 2013 | 10:58 am

    I was alone in a small town in central Cuba, and I had lost the only person I knew. 

    The town was Santo Domingo, and it had taken a full morning of driving to get there. It’s a sleepy, slow-moving place, where American cars from the 1950s share the road with horse-drawn carts —...

  • Weiner acknowledges latest revealed lewd exchange

    July 23, 2013 | 1:43 pm

    New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner acknowledged that he participated in a newly revealed, sexually explicit social media exchange.

    “I said that other texts and photos were likely to come out, and today they have,” Weiner, a former U.S. congressman, said Tuesday after The...

  • Birthright Israel trip staffer almost bails for Heineken [VIDEO]

    July 18, 2013 | 12:58 pm

    Drop everything and go.

    That’s the pitch made to travelers at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport in a Heineken ad campaign, who were given the opportunity to press a button that would select a vacation destination — departing immediately.

    As seen on the video posted to the...

  • Four New Yorkers charged with pocketing aid for Israel

    June 28, 2013 | 9:49 am

    New York state’s attorney general accused four New Yorkers of pocketing more than $2.5 million in donations for charitable projects in Israel.

    The New York Times on Friday named four defendants from Brooklyn: Yaakov Weingarten, 52, and his wife Rivka, 52; and two of his...

  • David Stern getting booed at the NBA Draft: The Supercut

    June 28, 2013 | 9:00 am

    Last night’s NBA Draft was the last one for commissioner David Stern, who has been in the office since 1984.

    Over the years, Stern’s strict on/off-court policies has given him the reputation of an almighty dictator among players, owners and fans.

    Since the NBA Draft is usually...

  • Women of the Word

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    June 27, 2013 | 8:17 am

    On a recent trip to New York, I spent Shabbat morning at The Jewish Center in Manhattan, a vibrant Modern Orthodox community. As services came to a close, the 500 congregants did not make the typical mad rush for the door. Instead, everyone remained seated, anxiously waiting to...

  • Does the Jewish Community Truly Want to Help the New York Jewish “Poor”?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 11, 2013 | 8:14 am

    Disregarding the disturbing news about the level of Jewish poverty in New York would be a mistake. “One in Five Jewish Households is Poor; Nearly Half of Jewish Children and Diverse Groups are Affected by Poverty” – these are powerful data. No wonder the report conveying them was...

  • Israel Protest in NY Easy For Haredim Not Subject to IDF Draft

    By Pini Herman

    June 10, 2013 | 2:08 pm

    The 5,700 miles (9,200 kilometers) that separate New York and Jerusalem aren't the only thing that separate the Ultra-Orthodox communities.  The fact that the vast majority of Satmar Haredim (Ultra-Orthodox Jews) who organized Sunday’s protest against Haredi service in the IDF are...

  • History matters: 
Garcetti and the history of Jewish politics

    May 29, 2013 | 3:38 pm

    With Eric Garcetti’s election on May 21, the mayors of the three largest cities in the United States — Michael Bloomberg in New York, Rahm Emanuel in Chicago and Garcetti in Los Angeles — are all Jews. This is a remarkable phenomenon, perhaps most of all because of how unremarked...

  • Q&A with Israeli singer-songwriter Noa

    By Tom Teicholz

    May 29, 2013 | 1:36 pm

    Achinoam Nini, the Israeli singer-songwriter known to all simply as Noa, will perform on June 18 at  American Jewish University as part of the new Geller Festival of the Arts. Born in Tel Aviv in 1969, Noa moved to New York as a child and lived there with her family until she...

  • ‘Minister’ puts the (English) accent on politics, American style

    May 29, 2013 | 11:37 am

    Jonathan Lynn wants to know what an egg cream is. Sitting in Jerry’s Deli in Westwood on an absurdly hot day in early May, he’s less interested in talking about his show “Yes, Prime Minister” at this moment than he is about finding out what ingredients go into the classic New York...

  • Anthony Weiner announces bid for mayor

    May 22, 2013 | 10:26 am

    To announce his official bid for mayor of New York City, Anthony Weiner created a video in which he portrays himself as middle class, down to earth, repentant, and ready to fight for the middle class in NYC.

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 10, 2013 | 12:19 pm

    MUTRAH is a young jewelry label, which blends contemporary jewelry design with a distinctive touch of bohemian chic. Inspired by the tribal African culture and ancient Egyptian jewelry. MUTRAH jewelry is all hand-made, created from industrial mechanical brass, colorful neon dyed...

  • Reps. Royce, Engel talk Iran, Syria with Netanyahu

    May 2, 2013 | 9:40 am

    The top Republican and Democrat on the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee discussed the potential Iranian threat and instability in Syria with Israel's prime minister. 

    Reps. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), the chairman of the committee and Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), its...

  • The View from Tribeca

    By Abe Fried-Tanzer

    April 28, 2013 | 10:29 am

    Today concludes the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, which marks the twelfth year of this New York-based cinema extravaganza. It’s no surprise that, among the over two hundred feature-length and short films showcased, a few of them deal with Jewish themes or come from Israel. One short,...

  • Boston bombers had planned to attack N.Y. next, Mayor Bloomberg says

    April 25, 2013 | 11:15 am

    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Thursday the suspects in last week's Boston Marathon bombing had intended to attack New York City next.

    "Last night we were informed by the FBI that the surviving attacker revealed that New York City was next on their list of...

  • Going home with Gary Baseman

    By Tom Teicholz

    April 24, 2013 | 10:11 am

    There’s an old saying that goes something like this: We spend the first half of our lives running away from home and the rest trying to get back. Consider Homer, way back in ancient Greece, who defined our notion of a life’s odyssey as a journey that begins and ends at home.

    The...

  • Great Neck Synagogue Cancels Pamela Geller’s Talk

    By Orit Arfa

    April 10, 2013 | 9:22 pm

    The Great Neck Synagogue has revealed its cowardice, the same way the Jewish Federation revealed its cowardice when it cancelled Pamela Geller’s talk there on June 25, 2012 within a few hours of the event sponsored by the Zionist Organization of America when I served as its...

  • Disgraced ex-congressman Weiner considering N.Y. mayoral run

    April 10, 2013 | 3:58 pm

    Ex-New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, who was forced out of office by a scandal, is considering a run for New York City mayor.

    Weiner, 48, and his wife, Huma Abedin, submitted to an extensive profile in this weekend's New York Times Magazine in part because Weiner is testing the...

  • An apple for the Apple

    By Marty Kaplan

    April 10, 2013 | 11:21 am

    I ain’t letting no computer grade this column.  No way.

    For one thing, essay-grading software can’t tell the difference between the intentional errors I just made and the kind of mistakes that would torpedo a college or job application.  For another, who needs a machine to tell...

  • Syrian withdrawal from Golan alarms Israel

    April 8, 2013 | 11:39 am

    The Syrian government has reportedly withdrawn thousands of troops near the buffer zone between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights, leaving a power vacuum that Israel is concerned could be filled with jihadist forces ready to turn their guns on the Jewish state.

    Syria has...

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