Claire Levenson


Brooklyn Experiencing Building Boom of Luxury Kosher Condos

By Claire Levenson

Brooklyn Experiencing Building Boom of Luxury Kosher Condos
In the world of New York City residential real estate, the list of available luxury amenities continues to grow: The Pierre boasts views of Central Park; The Trump World Tower offers a 60-foot swimming pool; the William Beaver House promises a covered dog run, valet parking and a cinema. But none compares with a slew of new condominiums in Brooklyn serving those who would like not just their physical and material needs met but their spiritual ones, as well.Read More


Rabbi Judah Nadich, Eisenhower Adviser

By Claire Levenson

Rabbi Judah Nadich, an adviser to Dwight Eisenhower on Jewish affairs and later a prominent New York rabbi, died Sunday. He was 95.Read More


For Dystonia Sufferers, New Film Hits a Nerve

By Claire Levenson

When she was 10, Miriam Kimmelman began to lose control of her body; it would twist into a variety of abnormal postures. The symptoms progressed fast. Before long, she could walk only backward. After seeing about 100 doctors in two years, she was diagnosed with dystonia, a neurological disorder that affects more than 300,000 Americans. Thanks to surgery, Kimmelman, now 58, is much improved. She was married (now widowed) and works as a rehabilitation counselor, but her whole body, including her breathing and facial muscles, can still behave irregularly.Read More


Intellectual Enclave in Upstate New York To Open ‘A Hillel for Adults’

By Claire Levenson

Intellectual Enclave in Upstate New York To Open ‘A Hillel for Adults’
When they initially visited Chautauqua 30 years ago, Joe Rait and his family were among the very few Jewish people vacationing in this mainly Christian community of southwestern New York State. Now, not only has the number of Jews in Chautauqua increased, but Jewish residents are also about to get a space to call their own.Read More


Campuses Offer Genetic Tests (No Studying Required)

By Claire Levenson

At the Pennsylvania summer camp where she was working as a counselor, Shoshana Rosen got tested for nine Jewish genetic diseases and found out she was a carrier of cystic fibrosis. Thanks to the Victor Center for Jewish Genetic Diseases, the tests she received were free of charge. Had she gone to a private laboratory, it would have cost around $2,000.Read More






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