New York


  • Hamptons Jews File Federal Suit Over Town's Rejection of Eruv

    By JTA

    A group trying to have an eruv built in Long Island’s Hamptons filed a federal lawsuit after having its bid quashed by a zoning board.Read More


    New York's Orthodox Voting Bloc Divided on Mayor Race

    By Josh Nathan-Kazis

    Brooklyn’s ultra-Orthodox communities are famed for their electoral clout. With the mayoral primary looming, their support is uncharacteristically split among the crowded field.Read More


    Met Council Fund Freeze Over William Rapfogel Scandal Could Hit Jewish Poor

    By Josh Nathan-Kazis

    The scandal involving the Met Council’s William Rapfogel will hit poor New Yorkers in the pocket. Programs for seniors, emergency food aid and domestic violence prevention may face cuts.Read More


    Eliot Spitzer Will Work for $1 — Rival Scott Stringer Sings 'Heroes' at Debate

    By Reuters

    Eliot Spitzer, trying to rebound from a sex scandal that cost him the New York governorship, promised to work for a dollar a year while his opponent tried to sing a chorus from David Bowie’s “Heroes” as part of Wednesday’s debate between the two Democratic candidates for New York City’s comptroller.Read More


    Jackie Robinson Statue Rededicated After Being Wiped Clean of Anti-Semitic Slurs

    By Forward Staff

    The Coney Island statue depicting Jackie Robinson and Brooklyn Dodgers teammate Pee Wee Reese was rededicated in a special ceremony on Monday.Read More


    New York City Suspends Funding to Met Council Amid William Rapfogel Scandal

    By JTA

    New York has reportedly suspended all funding to the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty following the firing of its longtime CEO, William Rapfogel, over alleged financial misdeeds.Read More


    $100K Jewelry Thief Raids Luxury Park Ave. Building — Home to Many Jews

    By Forward Staff

    A jewelry thief has reportedly struck four times this summer in a luxury Park Ave. building that is home to many prominent Jews, making off with more than $100,000 in baubles.Read More


    Why Montreal Bagels Are Better!

    By Anne Cohen

    A bagel-lover from north of the border takes offense at the treatment of the ‘mouthwatering goodness that is the Montreal bagel.’ She explains why the shmear is better in Canada.Read More


    William Rapfogel's Sudden Fall From Power Stuns Jewish Communal World

    By Josh Lipowsky

    The New York Jewish communal world reacted with shock this week to news that William Rapfogel, longtime head of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty and a major player in New York’s Jewish community, had been fired for alleged financial improprieties.Read More


    El Al Flight Turns Back for 11-Year-Old Cancer Kid

    By Marissa Newman (Haaretz)

    A New York-bound El Al flight returned to the terminal gate after its official departure to collect an 11-year-old girl who had been removed from the airplane after she mislaid her passport.Read More





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