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Satmar Child Sleeps in a Bathtub as Lawyers Fiddle in Williamsburg

By Lucette Lagnado

When Gitty Katz learned she was pregnant with twins earlier this winter, she was overcome with despair. The Williamsburg housewife, a devout Satmar, began to fantasize that that the babies would never be born. So, when Mrs. Katz miscarried, it was less a sense of grief than a strange and awful relief.Read More


Clergy Push Debbie Friedman Song

By Debra Nussbaum Cohen

A year after Debbie Friedman’s death, the legendary singer and composer’s version of “Shalom Aleichem” is gaining popularity among clergy and congregants.Read More


Rabbi Pinto's Charity Spent Heavily on Luxury Travel, Jewels

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto’s charity has spent tens of thousands of dollars on luxury travel and fine jewelry, documents obtained by the Forward show.Read More


Brooklyn D.A. Refuses To Name Child Sex Abusers

By Paul Berger

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes has charged 85 Orthodox Jews on child sex abuse charges. But he refuses to release their names, even those that have been convicted.Read More


Eldridge Street Shul Recalls Founding

By Gianna Palmer

The Eldridge Street Synagogue held a reenactment of its founding 125 years ago. There was klezmer music, Yiddish acting and a celebration of its role in Jewish life. Read More


Holocaust Survivor Dies in Catskills Flooding Spawned by Irene

By Forward Staff With JTA

A Holocaust survivor from Brooklyn was killed when floodwaters swept away a Catskills motel. A Good Samaritan died trying to rescue a child from downed power lines.Read More


In Crown Heights, Residents Still Cling to Their Grievances

By Paul Berger

CROWN HEIGHTS, 20 YEARS LATER. Though they share the neighborhood, blacks and Jews in Crown Heights still don’t see eye-to-eye about the riots. Or much else.Read More


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.Read More


'Russian Dolls' Gets Thumbs Down From Brighton Beach

By Paul Berger

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.Read More


Living Apart in Crown Heights

By Nate Lavey

Twenty years after the riots, we walk the vibrant streets of Crown Heights. Activists and ordinary folks talk about what’s changed and the continuing racial divisions.Read More





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