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Born a slave, she died the wealthy matriarch of an elite Sephardic Jewish family in old New York. Sarah Moses Brandon's ...
09/02/2020
How a former slave became part of NY’s Jewish elite

Born a slave, she died the wealthy matriarch of an elite Sephardic Jewish family in old New York. Sarah Moses Brandon's biography seems particularly relevant at a time when Jews of color have become insistent on their rightful place in Jewish life.

Recounting the story of a Sephardic matriarch, a new book undoes assumptions about race and identity.

The mugger fled when he saw the 84-year-old rabbi's NYPD shield.
09/02/2020
Man Charged in Mugging of NYPD Rabbi

The mugger fled when he saw the 84-year-old rabbi's NYPD shield.

Alvin Kass, the department's chief chaplain, was accosted during his early morning walk by a man claiming to be homeless.

The emergency funds, from the umbrella philanthropy’s  endowment, brings the organization’s total allocations for emerge...
08/31/2020
UJA-Federation Adds $6.6 Million in Covid Relief

The emergency funds, from the umbrella philanthropy’s endowment, brings the organization’s total allocations for emergency Covid relief to over $52 million.

Emergency spending includes support for safety net services and Jewish day schools.

A New Zealand man, unable to hire a mohel due to pandemic restrictions, circumcised his own son. Your daily update.
08/28/2020
Jewish Week

A New Zealand man, unable to hire a mohel due to pandemic restrictions, circumcised his own son. Your daily update.

From Midtown to the Mideast - We Cover Your World

Update: In response to Adi's story, Foot Locker tells The Jewish Week that it will meet with her family and "use our bra...
08/27/2020
Sports World Pays Attention After Jewish Girl Calls ‘Foul!’

Update: In response to Adi's story, Foot Locker tells The Jewish Week that it will meet with her family and "use our brand’s platform to elevate and advocate for women’s sports."

Adi Topolosky's essay in The Jewish Week's JOFA blog showed how women’s sports continue to be devalued.

The Berkshires — the western Massachusetts home to Tanglewood, museums, summer-stock theaters, quaint inns and more anti...
08/26/2020
Come for the Mountains, Stay for the Guilt

The Berkshires — the western Massachusetts home to Tanglewood, museums, summer-stock theaters, quaint inns and more antique shops than drug stores — are what The World to Come would look like if the Zohar were rewritten by liberal Jews

A week away during a pandemic is a reminder of our privilege, and our responsibility to others.

A synagogue in Brooklyn and a Rockland County Jewish ambulance group issued warnings for people to continue taking preca...
08/25/2020
Orthodox Communities Warned About New Outbreaks

A synagogue in Brooklyn and a Rockland County Jewish ambulance group issued warnings for people to continue taking precautions against the virus.

A Brooklyn synagogue and Rockland County ambulance corps respond to rising fears of a second coronavirus wave.

Rabbi Yehuda “Yudi” Duke spent a whopping four months on a ventilator, including nine weeks on an artificial lung machin...
08/25/2020
LI rabbi with Covid is out of the woods, but not out of the hospital

Rabbi Yehuda “Yudi” Duke spent a whopping four months on a ventilator, including nine weeks on an artificial lung machine. He is believed to be among the longest hospitalized Covid-19 patients in the country.

Yudi Dukes spent four months on a ventilator and endured four collapsed lungs.

Feeling survivor's guilt during the pandemic? A scholar remembers how a Catskill vacation was an ambivalent escape from ...
08/24/2020
Decades Before Covid, a Catskills Vacation Was the Ultimate Guilt Trip

Feeling survivor's guilt during the pandemic? A scholar remembers how a Catskill vacation was an ambivalent escape from the horrors of war, and a haven for Jews who escaped the Nazis.

"The Mountains" were a haven from the horrors in Europe, as the Jews who summered there well knew.

“Sacred cacophony” may also describe the unparalleled experience of taking on a new pulpit during the Covid-19 pandemic.
08/20/2020
These Rabbis Started Their Jobs During Covid-19

“Sacred cacophony” may also describe the unparalleled experience of taking on a new pulpit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The pandemic puts a distance between clergy and congregants at a time when building relationships is crucial.

Gary Rosenblatt remembers Ruth Gavison, a Hebrew University law professor and leader in efforts to bridge Israel’s relig...
08/20/2020
Remembering a Fierce Israeli Advocate for ‘The Common Ground’

Gary Rosenblatt remembers Ruth Gavison, a Hebrew University law professor and leader in efforts to bridge Israel’s religious-secular divide, who offered a possible solution to the intractable problem.

Law professor and human rights advocate Ruth Gavison, who died Aug. 15 at 75, was a pioneer in bridging her country's religious-secular divide.

Michael Koplow: "The Israel-UAE announcement is momentous and cause for celebration,... but anyone who insists that this...
08/13/2020
The Momentous Israel-UAE Announcement Is a Clear Victory for No One

Michael Koplow: "The Israel-UAE announcement is momentous and cause for celebration,... but anyone who insists that this is a clear victory for the overall vision of the right or the left should refocus their lenses."

Normalization challenges a core assumption of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict held by each side.

A little-known Brooklyn synagogue was given three million shares of Eastman Kodak stock by a prominent philanthropist, a...
08/13/2020
Jewish Week

A little-known Brooklyn synagogue was given three million shares of Eastman Kodak stock by a prominent philanthropist, and now finds itself thrust into a developing story about possible insider trading. Your daily update.

From Midtown to the Mideast - We Cover Your World

Architect Stephen B. Jacobs survived the Holocaust, designed the swanky Hotel Gansevoort -- and now has created a Holoca...
08/12/2020
A NY Architect and Holocaust Survivor Designs a Memorial to Albanian Rescuers

Architect Stephen B. Jacobs survived the Holocaust, designed the swanky Hotel Gansevoort -- and now has created a Holocaust memorial for Albania’s capital that highlights the stories of Albanians who saved Jews during World War II.

Stephen P. Jacobs honors the only country in Europe that had more Jews after World War II than it did before.

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