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  • 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


    William Rapfogel Pocketed 6-Figure Kickbacks, Report Says

    By JTA

    William Rapfogel allegedly inflated insurance bills at the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty he once led to pocket hundreds of thousands of dollars of overcharges for himself. The scheme was revealed Tuesday in the New York Daily News, which based its report on an anonymous source.Read More


    Angela Buchdahl, First Asian-American Rabbi, Vies for Role at Central Synagogue

    By Seth Berkman

    Angela Buchdahl is the first Asian-American rabbi and a candidate for the top spot at the venerable Central Synagogue. She symbolizes the increasing diversity of American Jewry.Read More


    Scott Stringer Comes Out Swinging Against Eliot Spitzer

    By Reuters

    Eliot Spitzer’s rival in the Democratic race for New York City comptroller repeatedly raised the prostitution scandal that forced Spitzer to resign as New York’s governor during Friday’s televised debate, despite having vowed to avoid it.Read More


    Edward Said's Daughter Talks About Growing Up WASP-y

    By Haaretz

    Najla Said, daughter of the late Palestinian intellectual and leading post-Modernist Edward Said, tried to ignore the Palestinian culture and heritage handed down to her by her parents in their Manhattan home when she was young.Read More


    Retiring N.Y. Cemetery Chief Is Savvy Regulator in Grave Business

    By Josh Nathan-Kazis

    As the top regulator of New York state’s not-for-profit cemeteries, Richard Fishman had more than Jewish graves to worry about. But they sure took up a lot of his time.Read More


    Amar'e Stoudemire Wants Israeli Citizenship

    By JTA

    Amar’e Stoudemire, the New York Knicks star who claims Hebrew roots and is currently touring Israel, is seeking Israeli citizenship.Read More





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