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  • Thank you for not dying

    By Marty Kaplan

    1 day ago

    David Wichs was walking to work in TriBeCa last Friday morning when a 565-foot construction crane toppled onto Worth Street and killed him. He was 38.

    I didn’t know him – I saw it in the paper.  Workers had been lowering the crane as a precaution from wind gusts when it crushed...

  • UN’s Ban to speak at Manhattan synagogue’s Shabbat service

    5 days ago

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will speak at a Shabbat service at an Orthodox synagogue in New York.

    The service this Saturday at the Park East Synagogue in Manhattan is in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which was observed around the world last...

  • Reconsidering Kaddish: Four new approaches to an old ritual

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    6 days ago

    “Yitgadal v’yitkadash...” the words of the Kaddish have echoed through synagogues for centuries, traditionally intoned by a Jewish man in mourning during a prayer service, with nine other men — at various points — interjecting an “amen.” But in this century, in various communities,...

  • First kosher-certified pot to go on market next month

    December 31, 2015 | 10:34 am

    A New York company is preparing to market what it says is the world’s first kosher-certified marijuana.

    The Orthodox Union has certified Vireo Health of New York’s non-smokable medical marijuana products, Vireo announced in a news release Wednesday. Vireo is one of five medical...

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  • U.S. denying security clearances due to Israeli ties

    December 18, 2015 | 1:21 pm

    As many as 100 American citizens were prevented from joining the U.S. army in the last decade because they had family living in Israel. But the latest case of a 60-year-old dentist from Brooklyn having his clearance application denied because his mother lives in Israel, prompted...

  • Kuwait Airways, ordered to stop refusing tickets to Israelis, drops NYC-London flight

    December 16, 2015 | 4:06 pm

    Kuwait Airways is eliminating service between New York and London after the US Department of Transportation ordered the carrier to stop refusing to sell tickets to Israelis.

    Namrata Kolachalam, a spokeswoman for the Department of Transportation, announced the airline’s decision, ...

  • Outrage over removal of Israeli flag at Haaretz Conference

    December 14, 2015 | 10:39 am

    The removal of the Israeli flag ahead of a Palestinian representative at the Haaretz conference in New York on Sunday is continuing to make waves and has sparked harsh criticism from Israeli politicians.

    As first reported by Jewish Insider, an Israeli flag that was placed on...

  • Police, other NYC officials meet with Bukharians about rash of arsons

    December 8, 2015 | 3:02 pm

    The president of the New York City borough of Queens, the New York Police Department’s chief of detectives and numerous other city officials met with Bukharian Jewish leaders about a string of arsons affecting the community of central Asian Jews.

    At a meeting Tuesday morning at...

  • Amazon removing Nazi-symbol ads on NY subways for new TV show

    November 24, 2015 | 1:44 pm

    Amazon is removing its Nazi-symbol-laden ads for “The Man in the High Castle” television show from a highly trafficked New York subway line.

    A spokesman for New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority confirmed to Gothamist on Tuesday that Amazon was pulling the wraparound...

  • Sister of Faigy Mayer, former Chasid who took own life, commits suicide

    November 23, 2015 | 8:54 am

    The older sister of a former Hasidic woman who killed herself four months ago hanged herself at her parents’ home in Brooklyn.

    Sara Mayer, 31, was found dead on Sunday afternoon at the home in the Borough Park section, the New York Daily News reported.

    Her death comes four...

  • Lindsey Graham: Muslims should be scrutinized ‘based on behavior’

    November 20, 2015 | 12:28 pm

    Jewish Insider caught up with Republican presidential candidate Lindsey Graham after addressing a crowd of 120 people at the Metropolitan Republican Club in NYC Thursday evening. 

    “The pro-Israel community has been a godsend of Lindsey Graham because of my unwavering support for...

  • FanDuel stops letting New Yorkers play paid games

    November 17, 2015 | 11:45 am

    Daily fantasy sports site FanDuel said on Tuesday it would no longer let people in New York enter its paid contests in response to efforts by the state's attorney general to declare the games illegal gambling.

    New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed earlier in the day...

  • Community founded by Nazi sympathizers sued for housing discrimination

    October 20, 2015 | 2:47 pm

    A husband and wife are suing a suburban New York community founded by Nazi sympathizers for violating the Fair Housing Act.

    Philip Kneer and Patricia Flynn-Kneer filed a complaint against the German American Settlement League, which owns the land under the Long Island community...

  • During Israel trip, De Blasio walks on eggshells

    October 19, 2015 | 4:59 pm

    This post originally appeared at Jewish Insider.

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio just concluded a 3-day visit to Israel at a time of increased violence and deadly terrorist attacks across the country.

    The mayor’s trip went well in general, considering he is mayor of New York...

  • The Mets-Dodgers series is so Jewish, congressmen are betting bagels on it

    October 7, 2015 | 10:58 am

    Baseball doesn’t get much more Jewish than this year’s MLB National League Division Series, which starts Friday between the New York Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    Both teams feature notable Jews: Joc Pederson in the outfield for the Dodgers and Joe Wilpon in the owner’s box...

  • Where the Heart Is - Thoughts of an American Israeli

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 2, 2015 | 8:38 am

    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

    September 30, 2015 | 5:21 pm

    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

    September 26, 2015 | 9:09 am

    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,...

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