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A Jewish diplomat tells his story in PBS documentary about the Iran hostage crisis

(New York Jewish Week) — After a “traditional, religious” Jewish childhood in Brooklyn where he attended yeshiva, Barry Rosen fell in love with Iran. Rosen was 22 when he joined the Peace Corps and set out on a two-year stint in Iran in 1967....

 

This prominent Jewish philanthropist brings 'healing' murals to the city's hospitals and clinics

(New York Jewish Week) — Over the last few years, patrons of New York City’s hospitals and health clinics may have noticed more than two dozen new murals adorning the walls and building exteriors — bringing life, creativity and color to the lar...

 

In new miniseries 'The Calling,' an NYPD detective's Judaism helps him solve crimes

(New York Jewish Week) — In “The Calling,” a new miniseries streaming on Peacock, a Jewish NYPD detective fights crime and solves mysteries by letting his Jewishness lead the way. Jeff Wilbusch...

 

NYC's Holocaust museum uses personal objects to tell the story of lives lived and lost

(New York Jewish Week) - A young child's diary, a favorite doll, a cookbook of family recipes, a report card, a Torah scroll smuggled to the United States and a silver spoon found among the rubble at...

 

Israeli singer Bat Ella to bring her Hebrew versions of Debbie Friedman's songs to NYC

(New York Jewish Week) - After she finished her compulsory military service as a singer in an IDF performing arts troupe, Israeli folk singer Bat Ella wasn't sure how she would incorporate music into...

 

Edith's, a Brooklyn eatery and market, celebrates Jewish food from around the world

(New York Jewish Week) - House-smoked fish platters. Plates of malawach, the Yemeni flatbread. A labneh parfait. And for Passover, "milk and honey" slushies and matzah brie with bitter herb salad....

 

First-ever Virtual Passover Film Festival

(New York Jewish Week) — This Passover, the New York Jewish Week is partnering with the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan for their first-ever Virtual Passover Film Festival. The online-only event will feature eight Jewish and Israeli films that...

 
 By Julia Gergely    News    April 15, 2022

This Yiddish book center in Queens lives on, just like the language it celebrates

(New York Jewish Week) - In a rickety warehouse in Long Island City, reached only by a footbridge that crosses underneath the Long Island Expressway, some 80,000 Yiddish books are stacked on shelves...

 

For $500, this Zabar's sweater can be yours

(New York Jewish Week) - Uptown bagel and bag lovers rejoice! The Zabar's x Coach collaboration has arrived and it's the ultimate mashup of nosh meets posh. As part of their Spring/Summer 2022 line, l...

 

In Brooklyn's 'Little Odessa,' Jews from Ukraine and Russia find the war 'terrifying'

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) — In Brighton Beach, New York, a community in Brooklyn known to many as “Little Odessa,” named after the port city in Ukraine, many Jews are struggling to navigate the fear and uncertainty that has wracked the...

 

A new record label from this 27-year-old Brooklynite celebrates Jewish music

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) – Steadfast listeners of "Borscht Beat" - a weekly FM radio show featuring Jewish music, old and new - will be thrilled to hear of host Aaron Bendich's latest...

 

As antisemitism rises in New York, local politicians share tools to fight it

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) — New York City saw nearly three times as many antisemitic hate crimes in January 2022 compared to the same period a year ago, prompting concern from local lawmakers.  City Council member Julie Menin, who represents...

 

5 Orthodox New Yorkers join lawsuit challenging COVID-19 vaccine requirements

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) — Five Orthodox Jewish New Yorkers have joined a suit challenging the city’s vaccine requirements for indoor spaces. Two of the plaintiffs are rabbis at yeshivas. The suit, filed Feb. 7 in New York, challenges the...

 

A symbol of resilience, this 'tree of life' offshoot is planted in NYC

By (New York Jewish Week via JTA) - In January of 1943, Irma Lauscher, a teacher at the Theresienstadt concentration camp in Czechoslovakia, smuggled a tree into the camp so that the Jewish children...

 

Musicians, politicians and a 'Housewives of New York' star speak out against antisemitism at Times Square event

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) - Hundreds gathered in Times Square Monday to celebrate the second night of Chanukah, with live music, speeches and, of course, a public menorah lighting. But it wasn't...

 

Despite looming cream cheese shortage, New York's bagel shops are still laying it on thick

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) — Over the weekend, bagel lovers across the five boroughs (read: Jews and everyone else) were shaken to the core when the New York Times announced a cream cheese shortage in the city. It was news no one expected to...

 

This Israeli play is being performed across New York City - but only in people's living rooms

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) - "Welcome back to live theater!" Yoni Vendriger says, standing before the audience before the show begins. It is, I realize, the first time I've seen a play in a...

 

New York's pension fund halts investments in Ben & Jerry's parent company

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) — New York State’s state pension fund will divest its holdings in Unilever in response to the July decision by the conglomerate’s affiliate Ben & Jerry’s to restrict ice cream sales in the West Bank.  State Com...

 
 By Julia Gergely    News    November 5, 2021

Sunrise NYC rejects decision

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) — Sunrise NYC, the local chapter of a national youth environmental group, rejected a decision by the Washington, D.C. chapter to shun cooperation with “Zionist” groups. “Sunrise NYC rejects antisemitism in all...

 
 By Julia Gergely    News    October 29, 2021

Rabbis arrested demanding climate action by Wall Street giant's Jewish CEO

NEW YORK (JTA) — Three rabbis and six Jewish teenagers were among those arrested Monday at a climate protest at the Manhattan headquarters of BlackRock, the largest investment management company in New York.  The demonstration, organized by the...

 

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