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  • Brooklyn Hebrew Charter School's F Grade Doesn't Reflect Movement, Leaders Say

    By Julie Wiener

    The 4-year-old Hebrew Language Charter School in Brooklyn, was dealing with the F it received a day earlier in the New York Department of Education’s annual grading of city schools.Read More


    Jewish Leaders Push 'One People' Agenda for New York as De Blasio Era Dawns

    By Hody Nemes

    Jewish leaders gathered last night in lower Manhattan to push their vision for a more just New York City as newly elected Bill De Blasio prepares to take office.Read More


    Brooklyn Hebrew Charter School Gets F

    By JTA

    A Brooklyn academy touted as the model for a national movement of Hebrew charter schools received an F on its New York City Department of Education Progress Report.Read More


    Pulling Back Curtain on Story of Anti-Semitism in Upstate New York Pine Bush Schools

    By Gal Beckerman

    The anti-Semitism that dogged Jewish students in Pine Bush, N.Y. is as disturbing as it gets. But does the story say something important about America — or just one small town?Read More


    Sam Kellner's Tangled Hasidic Tale of Child Sex Abuse, Extortion and Faith

    By Paul Berger

    The story of Sam Kellner involves charges of child sex abuse, extortion and political shenanigans. The only thing more elusive than what actually happened is what it all means.Read More


    Hear Sam Kellner — In His Own Words

    By Paul Berger

    Is Sam Kellner a hero or a shakedown artist? Listen to his own voice captured in secretly recorded conversations — and decide for yourself.Read More


    'Knock Out' Attacks on Brooklyn Jews Probed by New York Police

    By JTA

    The New York Police Department’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating several attacks on Brooklyn Jews.Read More


    Troubled Trial of Sam Kellner Is Delayed — Claimed His Son Was Abused

    By Paul Berger

    The troubled bribery and extortion trial of a Brooklyn man who says his son was a victim of child abuse has been delayed — again.Read More


    Orthodox Population Grows Faster Than First Figures in Pew #JewishAmerica Study

    By Josh Nathan-Kazis

    The Orthodox population is growing much faster than initial reports from the Pew study suggested. New figures reveal more than a quarter of Jews under age 18 live in Orthodox homes.Read More





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