Leah Hochbaum Rosner


Online Shoppers Raise Money

By Leah Hochbaum Rosner

Online Shoppers Raise Money
Whether it’s for purely altruistic purposes or for a big, fat tax break, many of us have been known to give to charity — especially around the High Holy Days. Most of us choose a handful of pet causes, sign our names to a few checks and forget about them until next year’s Yom Kippur approaches. Not Yosef Birnboim. The 30-year-old gives tzedakah nearly every time he turns on his computer.Read More


Hanging On the Telephone: Support Group Connects Women

By Leah Hochbaum Rosner

Hanging On the Telephone: Support Group Connects Women
Ruth Mastron had been in Israel only a few days last March when reports of the terrorist attack on Jerusalem’s Mercaz Harav yeshiva hit the news. The 53-year-old, who just minutes earlier was reveling in her very first trip to the Holy Land, was horrified. But she also realized that it’s because of tragedies like these that her newest venture is so crucial.Read More


An Unlikely Love Story

By Leah Hochbaum Rosner

An Unlikely Love Story
It doesn’t seem like Mutsuyo the Japanese dancer and Norman the Jewish businessman have much in common at the start of Kyoko Yokoma’s documentary, “Dancing With Lives.” Yet there they are onscreen, getting married. In a few minutes time, their stories unfold and all becomes clear. Mutsuyo lost her entire family in 1995 in a devastating earthquake in Kobe that killed thousands. Norman is the youngest child of Holocaust survivors; their eldest son died during World War II. Both are victims of tragedies that simultaneously befell and spared them. The emotional documentary, which follows Mutsuyo to Japan and back, and checks in with the downtown-dwelling Manhattan couple in the weeks following September 11, 2001, will be screened at the New York International Independent Film Festival on March 5.Read More


Antique Scrolls: Pieces of History Up for Sale

By Leah Hochbaum Rosner

When a Torah scroll is so faded or damaged that it can no longer be used, Jewish law states that, like the dearly departed, it is to be buried. But Spiritual Artifacts, a California-based company, hopes to bring new life to presumed-dead Torahs by putting them on display for all to see and offering them up for sale.Read More


Hairy Situation: A Laser Technician for Observant Women

By Leah Hochbaum Rosner

Hairy Situation: A Laser Technician for Observant Women
Orthodox Jewish Women flock to Shumalis Soffer’s makeshift laser-hair removal salon in Brooklyn for baby-smooth bikini lines. In this profile, Soffer goes from working as a laser technician in a Midtown Manhattan outfit to treating 500 clients in her own basement.Read More






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