Why No One Talks About Black-Jewish Relations

CROWN HEIGHTS, 20 YEARS LATER. The state of black-Jewish relations is no longer on top of the agenda. Were efforts to mend a rift successful, or have both groups moved on?


In-Law Accuses Rabbi Pinto of Money Laundering

The father-in-law of Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto has accused the prominent Sephardic kabbalist of money laundering, according to a report in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. In documents filed in a Jerusalem court, Shlomo Ben Hamo, Argentina’s chief rabbi, alleged that his daughter and her husband, Pinto, had pressured him into serving as guarantor on the purchase of a luxury Jerusalem apartment — a purchase that Ben Hamo now believes was part of a scheme to launder Pinto’s money.

Excerpt From Forward’s Coverage of the Riots

The marchers come up President from the corner of Utica Avenue — “the accident site,” as it has come to be known — where Gavin Cato was killed by the car from Rabbi Schneerson’s motorcade. They have just been listening to Al Sharpton and Sonny Carson — the Al Sharpton “of Tawana Brawley fame,” the Sonny Carson “who masterminded the Korean grocery boycott,” is the way they’re described by Chasidic observers.

'Russian Dolls' Gets Thumbs Down From Brighton Beach

The new reality show ‘Russian Dolls’ is little more than stereotypes strung together. Many in Brighton Beach are just happy the actors aren’t explicitly described as Jewish.


70 Years After Destruction, Memory of Lithuanian Community Lives in Diaspora

The Jews of a small Lithuanian town called Keidan were known for thumping their chest with pride. Decades after its destruction in 1941, a descendant dares to remember.

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