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  • Orthodox Singers Find Creative Voice by Performing for Other Women Only

    By Leeor Bronis

    A women’s only open-mic night in Brooklyn provides a creative outlet for women who observe kol isha. But some still find the restrictions creatively shackling.Read More

    165-Year-Old Ex-Shul on Lower East Side Closed After Column Cracks Found

    By JTA

    A former synagogue on the Lower East Side of Manhattan was evacuated after cracks were discovered in the building’s columns.Read More

    Brooklyn's Congregation Beth Elohim Lays Off 12 Amid Fiscal Crisis

    By Josh Nathan-Kazis

    Newly discovered accounting errors at Brooklyn’s Congregation Beth Elohim forced the synagogue to lay off 12 employees — just as Rabbi Andy Bachman announced he’s leaving.Read More

    Fate of PIcasso Curtain at New York's Four Seasons Restaurant Goes to Court

    By Reuters

    The question of whether a fragile Picasso painting in New York City’s Four Seasons restaurant will crumble if taken down to allow repairs to the wall it hangs on will go to a state court judge on Wednesday.Read More

    Hasidic Village of Kiryas Joel Agrees To End Gender Segregation at Park

    By JTA

    Kiryas Joel in upstate New York agreed to halt gender segregation at a public park in the Hasidic village.Read More

    Phil Baum, Retired AJC Leader, Dies

    By JTA

    Phil Baum, the former executive director at the American Jewish Congress, died at home in Riverdale, N.Y.Read More

    Rabbi Performs Controversial Metzitzah B'Peh Circumcision Rite — Law or No

    By Paul Berger

    A rabbi performs a controversial circumcision rite, then proudly tells the Forward that he routinely ignores New York City’s law requiring parental consent.Read More

    Rabbi Andy Bachman Stepping Down from Congregation Beth Elohim

    By Anne Cohen

    Rabbi Andy Bachman announced that he will step down as senior rabbi at Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood.Read More

    Ultra-Orthodox Wedding Grandpa Beaten After Brooklyn Reception — Was It 'Knockout'?

    By JTA

    A haredi Orthodox man from London visiting New York for his grandson’s wedding was attacked.Read More

    Osama bin Laden Son-in-Law 'Stoic' After Conviction on All Counts in Terror Case

    By Reuters

    Suleiman Abu Ghaith, one of Osama bin Laden’s sons-in-law, was found guilty of terrorism-related charges by a federal jury in New York on Wednesday, following a three-week trial that offered an unusually intimate portrait of al Qaeda’s former leader in the days after Sept. 11, 2001.Read More

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