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  • ‘The Cobbler’: Adam Sandler takes a walk in 1903 New York

    By  Tom Tugend

    2 weeks ago

    Some three years ago, film director-writer-actor Thomas McCarthy was sitting at his desk, in his office located on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, playing with ideas for a movie, when the proverb about walking in another man’s shoes popped into his head.

    What would happen, he...

  • U.S. charges 3 with conspiring to support Islamic State

    February 25, 2015 | 10:55 am

    Three men were charged on Wednesday with conspiring to support Islamic State, including two who planned to travel to Syria to fight on behalf of the radical group, U.S. authorities said.

    One of the men, Akhror Saidakhmetov, 19, of Kazakhstan was arrested early on Wednesday at...

  • Medical marijuana may soon get kosher stamp of approval

    February 23, 2015 | 11:15 am

    Kosher marijuana could soon be available to Orthodox Jews in New York State — but only on doctor’s orders.

    Rabbi Moshe Elefant, COO of the Orthodox Union’s kosher certification agency, said he has held “preliminary discussions” with several companies interested in obtaining a kosher seal of approval for medical marijuana.

    Read more at Forward.

  • Prosecutor asks for Strauss-Kahn acquittal in French sex trial

    February 17, 2015 | 3:41 pm

    A French prosecutor asked a criminal court on Tuesday to acquit former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of a pimping charge for his role in what investigating magistrates argued was an organized sex ring using prostitutes.

    Strauss-Kahn was tipped to become French president before...

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  • Death toll in New York train crash revised to six from seven

    February 4, 2015 | 9:10 am

    Investigators examining the circumstances of a New York commuter train accident that killed six people said on Wednesday they were collecting recording devices from the site where the train hit a vehicle stalled on the tracks in the railroad's worst-ever accident.

    New York...

  • Conservative flagship to finance capital improvement by selling dorms, air rights

    January 30, 2015 | 11:46 am

    Like any other longtime Manhattan property owner, the Jewish Theological Seminary has seen the value of its real estate holdings skyrocket in recent years and has gotten its share of inquiries from prospective buyers.

    Now the Conservative movement’s flagship institution has...

  • Sheldon Silver to step down as N.Y. State Assembly speaker

    January 28, 2015 | 10:43 am

    Longtime New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who is facing corruption charges, will resign from his position.

    Silver will be replaced on Monday by majority leader Joseph Morelle, a Rochester-area assemblyman, according to The New York Times. Morelle will serve as...

  • In first, expat author Ruby Namdar wins Israel’s leading literary prize

    January 27, 2015 | 2:01 pm

    Israel’s biggest literary prize, the Sapir Prize, has the drama and mystery of a lottery.

    The identity of the judges remains secret until shortly before the ceremony, when they meet for an early dinner to decide the fate of the five nominees short-listed for best novel. Meanwhile...

  • Northeast U.S. braves ‘crippling’ blizzard

    January 26, 2015 | 1:36 pm

    A massive blizzard slammed into the U.S. Northeast on Monday, canceling thousands of flights, curtailing mass transit and closing hundreds of schools, as officials warned that the storm could dump as much as 3 feet of snow on the region.

    New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and...

  • Tributes, protests mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    January 19, 2015 | 3:37 pm

    Tributes to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. were held nationwide on Monday as protests over the treatment of minorities by law enforcement rolled on across the country.

    Observers of Martin Luther King Jr. Day have this year linked the federal holiday to a rallying cry...

  • No Americans in Paris: U.S. absence draws criticism at home

    January 12, 2015 | 12:45 pm

    A Republican U.S. senator lambasted the White House on Monday for not sending a top American official to a Paris unity march after deadly Islamic militant attacks in that city, and a New York tabloid headline screamed "You let the world down."

    The image of Israeli Prime Minister...

  • New York premiere of North Korea comedy canceled after threats

    December 17, 2014 | 11:05 am

    The New York premiere of "The Interview," a Sony Pictures comedy about the assassination of North Korean President Kim Jong-Un, has been canceled and a source said one theatre chain had scrapped plans to show it, after threats from a hacking group.

    The hackers, who said they were...

  • No, Bono did not disguise himself as a Hasidic Jew

    December 5, 2014 | 1:31 pm

    Bono has dressed up in many styles throughout his career, from a classic leather-jacketed rock star to his Mr. Macphisto alter ego in the early ’90s.

    However, U2 guitarist The Edge recently gave the world a new outfit in which to imagine Bono: that of a Hasidic Jew.

    Bono...

  • Is Crime Caused by Poor Moral Character?

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    December 4, 2014 | 1:03 pm

    Recently I was catching up on reading some back issues of the Jewish Journal, when I came across a column by Dennis Prager called, “Poverty Causes Crime?” He spends almost all of the article explaining why he thinks poverty does not, in fact, cause crime.

    Then, at the end, he...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 28, 2014 | 11:53 am

    This week, I would like to introduce you to the most Hollywood-like Israeli TV series, which is a combination of non-stop action, thrills and drama.

    New-York, which is filmed partly in Manhattan and partly in Israel, tells the story of Yossi Elharizi, the illegitimate son of...

  • Chasidic family charged in $20 million fraud case

    November 14, 2014 | 11:56 am

    More than a dozen members of a prominent Satmar Chasidic family in New York were charged with lying to obtain $20 million in mortgages while also receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in public benefits.

    Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York,...

  • New York’s and Israel’s grape expectations

    November 11, 2014 | 3:07 pm

    It’s not exactly a case of sour grapes. In fact, it’s too many cases of sweet grapes.

    New York Sen. Charles Schumer is pressing Israel to lower its tariff on grape juice so that New York State farmers, who are stuck with a bumper crop of grapes this year, can more effectively...

  • Clinic that treated Joan Rivers cited for multiple major failings

    November 10, 2014 | 4:29 pm

    The New York outpatient clinic where the late Joan Rivers suffered cardiac arrest did not follow all the standard protocols during the throat procedures it conducted on the comedian, according to a government agency report released on Monday.

    Rivers died on Sept. 4 at the age of...

  • Beloved N.Y. Jewish coffee shop to close

    November 7, 2014 | 1:57 pm

    Another old-school New York Jewish institution is about to fall victim to gentrification.

    The New York Times reports that Cafe Edison, a modest Theater District coffee shop long favored by Broadway’s cognoscenti, has been asked to leave by the owner of the hotel in which it is...

  • N.Y. voters pass bond measure offering up to $38 million for Jewish schools

    By tessc

    November 5, 2014 | 11:43 am

    Voters in New York state passed a schools bond act that may provide up to $38 million in reimbursements to Jewish day schools and yeshivas.

    The Smart Schools Bond Act of 2014, one of three referendums on the state ballot Tuesday, authorizes the state comptroller to issue and sell...

  • Hundreds protest Met Opera’s ‘Klinghoffer’ opening in N.Y.

    October 21, 2014 | 10:15 am

    Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the Metropolitan Opera House in New York to protest the opening performance of “The Death of Klinghoffer.”

    Protesters were joined on Monday by several high-profile figures including former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former New...

  • Comedian Joan Rivers remains in serious condition at N.Y. hospital

    August 30, 2014 | 2:28 pm

    Comedian Joan Rivers was in serious condition on Friday at a New York hospital a day after she was admitted suffering cardiac arrest when her breathing stopped during a vocal cord procedure, her family and hospital officials said.

    "Her condition remains serious, but she is...

  • Giant pro-Palestinian, pro-BDS flag hung from New York bridge

    August 21, 2014 | 9:14 pm

    A pro-Palestinian flag is hung from the Manhattan Bridge while pro-Palestinian demonstrators march across the Brooklyn Bridge in Manhattan, N.Y. on Aug. 20. Photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

  • Giant Palestine Flag Draped on New York Bridge Under Investigation

    August 21, 2014 | 3:30 pm

    New York City detectives were searching on Thursday for activists suspected of unfurling a massive Palestine flag over the side of an East River bridge during a march in support of Palestinians in Gaza, police said.

    The flag, draped over the south side of the Manhattan Bridge...

  • Schmuck and the City

    By Nikki Tabibian

    August 13, 2014 | 11:57 am

         During my first months on the East Coast, snowfall, rain and hail hit The City, while a storm of vexing questions plagued my frozen suburban mind:

         How many layers are too many?
         Would it be appropriate to wear a hijab to fight off a 30-degree chill? 
         Where...

  • Husband of Rivky Stein fails to show for get proceedings

    August 7, 2014 | 2:59 pm

    The husband of Rivky Stein, a New York Jewish woman who launched a social media campaign to attain a religious divorce, did not appear at the religious court as promised.

    Yoel Weiss, 31, failed to show up at a beit din, or Jewish religious court, convened on Wednesday to complete...

  • N.Y. man accused of hiding mother’s death to collect Holocaust benefits

    By tessc

    August 4, 2014 | 1:17 pm

    A New York man was charged with hiding his Holocaust survivor mother’s death in order to collect her reparations benefits.

    Gary Jacoby, 61, was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on Thursday on grand larceny and forgery charges, the Daily News reported. If convicted, he faces up...

  • Hiatus Schmiatus

    By Nikki Tabibian

    July 29, 2014 | 12:13 pm

    A message from the author:

    My dearest readers and adoring fan (hey Grandma),

            When I began writing Le’chaim To Laughter, I was committed to documenting my memoires as a city gal with nothing but comic relief and hummus to help her get by. Yet, as I turned the page on...

  • Thousands attend N.Y. pro-Israel rally

    July 28, 2014 | 3:33 pm

    Members of Congress and thousands of Israel supporters gathered for a solidarity rally near the United Nations.

    The Monday afternoon rally, organized by the UJA-Federation of New York and the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, was intended to show support for Israel...

  • Joe Lieberman to teach at Y.U.

    July 24, 2014 | 1:15 pm

    Joseph Lieberman, the former Connecticut senator and the Democratic vice presidential candidate in 2000, will teach at Yeshiva University during this school year in a position named for him.

    Lieberman was appointed the Joseph Lieberman Chair in Public Policy and Public Service....

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