In Wake of Arrests, Sephardic Group Touts Voluntary Reforms for Charities

In response to the July corruption arrests that swept up a number of rabbis on money-laundering charges, the Sephardic Community Federation is launching a program aimed at making religious charities more accountable and transparent.

Transformer: Rabbi Michael Weisser, who won over a former Ku Klux Klan leader, is now trying to win over Queens.

He Conquered the KKK — Now on to Flushing

As the new rabbi at the Free Synagogue of Flushing, Michael Weisser faces a formidable challenge: revitalizing a historic synagogue in a neighborhood that has gone from being heavily Jewish to being populated almost entirely by Chinese immigrants.

So Money: This gold and silver necklace featuring a diamond-encrusted Magen David sells for $1,300.

Coining Haute Judaica

At the intersection of Judaica and high fashion is a new jewelry line that features pendants made out of Israeli coins. The collection is called Kessef, which is the Hebrew word for money and a play on the last name of its 27-year-old founder and designer, Eve Lynn Kessner.

Duck and Cover!

On August 14, the Jewish Lads and Girls Brigade in the UK set the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest custard pie fight. With 253 people joining in on the festivities, the group demolished the original record, which was set in 2008 by 120 people in Los Angeles. After unleashing 648 pies in a matter of minutes, those participating in the fight soon found themselves in over 52 gallons of delicious custard. “We did have 650 pies to start with, but I think two got eaten,” said Steven Weller, who organized the pie fight.

Principal and Student: Maureen Campbell says she is now learning Hebrew for her new job.

Charter School’s New Chief Touts Church-State Separation

This school year, Maureen Campbell, a Jamaican-American woman, will be fulfilling the tricky role of principal of New York City’s first Hebrew-language charter school.