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  • A Year After Sandy, Brighton Beach Struggles To Get Back on Feet

    By Lisa Amand

    Hurricane Sandy teamed up with a wobbly economy to devastate Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach. Even a year later, the Jewish neighborhood is struggling to get back on its feet.Read More


    Madoff Employees Were 'Puppets' of Enigmatic Employer, Lawyers Say

    By Reuters

    Lawyers for five former employees of Bernard Madoff said on Thursday their clients were mere puppets under the spell of what one called an enigmatic “broker-dealer rockstar” and “pathological liar.”Read More


    Nigerian Buka Gets Authentic (Jewish) Touch

    By Lisa Amand

    Nat Goldberg grew up shuttling to Africa, so co-owning a Nigerian cafe isn’t as big a jump as it sounds. The cuisine at Buka is authentic — just don’t call it ‘fusion.’Read More


    Meet the Jewish Teen Who Helped Carry Out Kosher Chicken E Coli Study

    By JTA

    For several months during the spring of his 10th grade year, Jack Millman had an unusual Saturday ritual: He and his mother would ride around metropolitan New York and buy up vast quantities of raw chicken.Read More


    How We Cover Sammy Cohen-Eckstein's Death

    By Jane Eisner

    Sammy Cohen-Eckstein was a compelling figure who died tragically young. We strive to bring his story to the Jewish world — even if it conflicts with a family’s privacy.Read More


    William Rapfogel's Empire at Met Council Extends Deep Into Real Estate

    By Josh Nathan-Kazis

    Willie Rapfogel’s sprawling Met Council empire survived his dramatic downfall. The charity remains deeply involved in real estate development — and tied to political power brokers.Read More


    Gabby Giffords Eyes Curbs at N.Y. Gun Show

    By Reuters

    Former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was in New York on Sunday to tour her first gun show since being shot in the head to review new measures that require background checks for buyers.Read More


    Yeshiva U.'s Credit Rating Downgraded by Moody's as $380M Sex Abuse Suit Looms

    By Paul Berger

    Yeshiva U.’s credit rating was slashed by a major agency for the third time in two years. Analysts called the $380 million sex abuse lawsuit a ‘significant fiscal’ issue.Read More


    Bar Mitzvah Boy Sammy Cohen-Eckstein Mourned by Hundreds at Brooklyn Funeral

    By Maya Shwayder

    Sammy Cohen-Eckstein’s heartbroken sister recalled a letter he sent her from camp — as an overflow crowd packed a funeral for the Brooklyn boy killed by a van.Read More





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