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The headquarters at 770 Eastern Parkway — a symbol of Chabad that is usually bustling with prayer and Jewish study — has...
01/10/2024

The headquarters at 770 Eastern Parkway — a symbol of Chabad that is usually bustling with prayer and Jewish study — has been shuttered for nearly two days and counting. On Monday, a small group from the Hasidic movement, acting independently, attempted to break through a synagogue wall — a last-ditch attempt to connect part of the sanctuary to a building next door in order to expand the complex. The incident ended with shouting, scuffles and arrests, as well as concern about the building’s structural integrity.

Leading Chabad officials condemned the incident as the work of an extremist fringe. But the saga has spread far beyond Brooklyn — drawing global attention to internal Chabad disputes, generating international headlines and turning into fodder for antisemitic conspiracies.

An unauthorized passageway drew global attention to what some followers of the Hasidic movement call "the holiest place in the world."

The Times Square location of Miznon, the fast-casual restaurant chain from Israeli celebrity chef Eyal Shani, is going k...
01/10/2024

The Times Square location of Miznon, the fast-casual restaurant chain from Israeli celebrity chef Eyal Shani, is going kosher.

The pita-focused eatery, at 1410 Broadway and 39th Street, opened two and a half months ago and is one of Shani’s four Miznon restaurants in Manhattan. It has been serving a kosher-style menu nearly since the start, but on Sunday, Jan. 21, the kitchen will be thoroughly cleaned and prepared according to kosher guidelines. A certificate of kashrut from Rabbi Aaron Mehlman of National Kosher Supervision is expected to be issued that week.

The Miznon location will be Shani’s second kosher establishment in New York City — the first, Malka, opened on the Upper West Side in November 2023.

A midtown branch of the celebrity chef's pita chain Miznon will become certified kosher.

Police arrested 12 people at the Chabad-Lubavitch movement’s world headquarters in Crown Heights, Brooklyn on Monday eve...
01/09/2024

Police arrested 12 people at the Chabad-Lubavitch movement’s world headquarters in Crown Heights, Brooklyn on Monday evening as chaos broke out during a dispute over a tunnel into the building — which, according to a Chabad spokesperson, was opened by Chabad “extremists” seeking unauthorized access to parts of the building.

The fracas broke out after a cement truck was brought in to repair the building’s walls and seal off the tunnel, whose purpose and size remain unclear. No injuries were reported, according to the NYPD.

The incident occurred in a busy synagogue adjoining the Hasidic movement’s headquarters at 770 Eastern Parkway, the office of the late Chabad leader Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson.

The building is closed due to safety concerns after a renegade group dug out space beneath the Crown Heights complex.

Commuters faced major delays Monday morning as several pro-Palestinian protests shut down traffic on the Brooklyn, Manha...
01/09/2024

Commuters faced major delays Monday morning as several pro-Palestinian protests shut down traffic on the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges on the East River as well as the Holland Tunnel under the Hudson River linking New Jersey to Manhattan.

Organizers said that the goal of the coordinated protests was to escalate disruption and send a message to the city about Israel’s war with Hamas in Gaza. The protests drew ire from commuting New Yorkers and some government officials, and several New Yorkers worried about the hindrance the blockade might have caused to emergency vehicles.

The closures drew ire from commuters and some government officials.

A public high school in Yonkers has fired its varsity girl’s basketball coach after players on its team uttered antisemi...
01/08/2024

A public high school in Yonkers has fired its varsity girl’s basketball coach after players on its team uttered antisemitic slurs during a game against a Jewish day school.

A student has also been dismissed from the team at Roosevelt High School following the incident during a game against the Leffell School, a Jewish school in nearby Hartsdale, on Thursday.

Yonkers Public Schools and the city’s mayor, Mike Spano, announced the penalties. In a statement Sunday, they said they “sincerely apologize” and called the antisemitic epithets “painful and offensive.” They said an investigation is underway, noting that additional players may be disciplined and that the district would embark on counseling and training in response to the incident.

A player from a Yonkers team has also been dismissed after a game in which a Leffell School player was reportedly called a "f--king Jew."

A family of ashen, burned bodies sit around their kitchen table, their expressions frozen in terror — hands pressed agai...
01/08/2024

A family of ashen, burned bodies sit around their kitchen table, their expressions frozen in terror — hands pressed against gaping mouths, silently screaming. An elderly couple, hands bound in rope behind their backs, embraces as blood pools around them and flames lick at their feet. A mother grips her son close to her chest as she looks over a pile of dead bodies.

These horrifying scenes are part of “7 October 2023,” a new exhibit of 12 drawings created by Israeli artist Zoya Cherkassky in response to the Hamas attacks on that day. The colorful but violent and gut-wrenching works are now on view at the Jewish Museum on the Upper East Side until February 19.

Twelve works from Israeli artist Zoya Cherkassky are on display 90 days after the events they depict.

It's that time of year! Everyone is getting sick and could use some Jewish penicillin. ⁠⁠We thought it would be a good t...
01/06/2024

It's that time of year! Everyone is getting sick and could use some Jewish penicillin. ⁠

We thought it would be a good time to share a recipe we originally featured in our 2022 cookbook, "Jewish Flavors of New York City: 10 Classic Dishes to Make at Home."⁠

Katz's Delicatessen is a New York staple that has been serving generations of people on the Lower East Side since 1910. If you don't live in NYC, or you just want to try your hand at this Jewish staple, here's everything you need to know! ⁠

For the full digital cookbook, click here --> https://buff.ly/48I8K4B

The NYPD reported 31 antisemitic hate crimes in December, a spike over the same month last year but a drop compared to O...
01/05/2024

The NYPD reported 31 antisemitic hate crimes in December, a spike over the same month last year but a drop compared to October and November, when anti-Jewish attacks shot up following Hamas’ Oct. 7 invasion of Israel.

Total number of anti-Jewish incidents last month is higher than the year's average, but far fewer than the 69 antisemitic crimes in October and 62 in November.

Jewish outfielder Harrison Bader is headed back to New York, this time as a member of the New York Mets.The 29-year-old ...
01/05/2024

Jewish outfielder Harrison Bader is headed back to New York, this time as a member of the New York Mets.

The 29-year-old Bronxville native agreed to a one-year, $10.5 million contract with the Mets Thursday, becoming the team’s first Jewish player since Kevin Pillar and Robert Stock donned the blue and orange in 2021, according to data compiled by the Jewish Baseball News site.

Bader played parts of the last two seasons with the New York Yankees.

Gershon Selinger, a convicted s*x offender who gained widespread attention for speaking publicly about his crimes last y...
01/04/2024

Gershon Selinger, a convicted s*x offender who gained widespread attention for speaking publicly about his crimes last year with Mendy Pellin, a Hasidic comedian based in Brooklyn, has pleaded guilty to new abuse allegations that surfaced as a result of the interview.

Gershon Selinger, 41, pleaded guilty in Dutchess County Court on Wednesday to the felony of first-degree s*xual abuse of a minor under the age of 11.

Amid Israel’s war against Hamas in Gaza, Israeli and Palestinian boys act as symbols of a peaceful future in a new, larg...
01/04/2024

Amid Israel’s war against Hamas in Gaza, Israeli and Palestinian boys act as symbols of a peaceful future in a new, larger-than-life mural painted this week on the side of a loft building in Bushwick.

The Israeli boy, wearing a kippah and ritual fringes, and the Palestinian boy, who wears a keffiyeh — the black-and-white headscarf often signifying Palestinian nationalism — wrap their arms around each other as they walk off into the sunset underneath the words: “Love’s resilience can rebuild bridges that the war has burned.”

The mural was intended to channel a sense of hope, as well as to shift the prevailing narratives in Bushwick, according to Michelle Mayerson, who helped organize and commission the artwork.

The 10/7 on the backs of the boys was an accidental allusion to Oct. 7, according to the Jewish entrepreneur behind the mural.

A New Jersey man inspired by the Oct. 7 attack on Israel attempted to join the al-Shabab terror group to harm the United...
01/03/2024

A New Jersey man inspired by the Oct. 7 attack on Israel attempted to join the al-Shabab terror group to harm the United States, a federal court in New York announced on Friday.

Karrem Nasr, a U.S. citizen from Lawrenceville, New Jersey, traveled from Egypt to Kenya in an attempt to join and train with al-Shabab, the U.S. Southern District of New York said in a statement. Al-Shabab is a Somali jihadist group designated as a terrorist organization by the United States.

Nasr, 23, was taken into custody in Nairobi on Dec. 14 and transported to the United States on Thursday. He will appear in federal court later Friday, the statement said.

Karrem Nasr was “prepared to kill and be killed to support the jihadist cause,” a federal U.S. attorney said.

One year after the death, at 83, of Misha Avramoff, the former co-director of Project Ezra, a grassroots organization se...
01/02/2024

One year after the death, at 83, of Misha Avramoff, the former co-director of Project Ezra, a grassroots organization serving the Jewish elderly on the Lower East Side, a former student honors the life of man who “dedicated his life to the Jewish world, combining the work of social service with social action.”

The longtime co-director of Project Ezra on the Lower East Side died one year ago, having left an enormous legacy.

In this free digital download of 19 Jewish recipes, you’ll find vegan takes on Jewish classics for every day and holiday...
01/02/2024

In this free digital download of 19 Jewish recipes, you’ll find vegan takes on Jewish classics for every day and holidays.

So whether you are looking to go vegan for January (aka Veganuary), or just want some vegan twists on your favorite Jewish dishes, this free recipe collection is for you.

Of course, we did not have to look far: Jewish food has historically included a wide variety of vegetables, legumes and naturally vegan dishes — from stuffed grape leaves to couscous with vegetables. We also offer twists on beloved appetizers like mock chopped liver and holiday staples like vegan hamantaschen.

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In this collection of 19 Jewish recipes, you’ll find vegan takes on Jewish classics for every day and holidays. So ...

"I love how 'The Golem of Brooklyn' starts with a summary of a novel that Adam Mansbach decided not to write, then liter...
01/02/2024

"I love how 'The Golem of Brooklyn' starts with a summary of a novel that Adam Mansbach decided not to write, then literally lurches into a hilarious imagining of an avenging Jewish Frankenstein’s monster coming to life in one of the less-hip neighborhoods of Brooklyn. It’s a Jewish road trip novel that confronts the persistence of antisemitism" —and one of our best Jewish books of the year.

Memoirs, novels and biographies that plumbed the historical and the personal.

When Misha Avramoff died one year ago, no major obituaries appeared. That was an oversight: As longtime co-director of P...
01/02/2024

When Misha Avramoff died one year ago, no major obituaries appeared. That was an oversight: As longtime co-director of Project Ezra, he made sure the poor. elderly Jews of the Lower East Side were not forgotten. As a synagogue educator, he instilled a generations of young Jews in a love of Torah and the Jewish people.

The longtime co-director of Project Ezra on the Lower East Side died one year ago, having left an enormous legacy.

Jewish people have made New York City home for centuries now, often finding opportunity and acceptance where it elsewher...
01/01/2024

Jewish people have made New York City home for centuries now, often finding opportunity and acceptance where it elsewhere had been denied. So when Jews began to tell their stories of their lives on film, it only makes sense that they would feature New York City front and center.

From the tenements of the Lower East Side to the present-day Diamond District, New York City has shaped the lives of millions of Jews, and in turn we’ve reflected the city back to itself — the good, the bad and the sometimes ugly.

We've compiled nine classic films created by Jews, starring Jews and featuring the unique foibles of being a Jewish person in New York City that are all available to stream now. As we head into winter, it’s the perfect time to get cozy and stream an iconic Jewish New York movie or two … or all nine.

These iconic films were created by Jews, star Jews and depict the unique foibles of being a Jewish person in New York City.

Before we look ahead to the New Year, the New York Jewish Week is honored to remember the lives of 20 Jewish New Yorkers...
12/31/2023

Before we look ahead to the New Year, the New York Jewish Week is honored to remember the lives of 20 Jewish New Yorkers who, in their own way, each made their mark on public life through their contributions to the arts, writing, advocacy, music and religious life. May their memories be a blessing.

Holocaust survivors, writers, musicians, actors and rabbis are some of the people we lost in 2023.

We’ve made it to the last week of 2023, and before we start the new year, we’re looking back on all the stories that you...
12/29/2023

We’ve made it to the last week of 2023, and before we start the new year, we’re looking back on all the stories that you engaged with most over the past 12 months.

This year, Jewish New Yorkers showed us what meant the most to them — from getting excited about best bites around the city to standing up in solidarity with Israel and against antisemitism to celebrating nearly lost pockets of New York Jewish history.

As the New York Jewish Week continues to grow as part of the 70 Faces Media family, we want to thank you for joining us throughout 2023. Here are the 10 stories you engaged with most this year.

A hot new falafel restaurant, a Jewish matchmaker and a moving performance of "Hatikvah" each took their turns in the spotlight.

The Anti-Occupation Bloc are Israeli Jews in New York City who came together a year ago to protest Prime Minister Benjam...
12/28/2023

The Anti-Occupation Bloc are Israeli Jews in New York City who came together a year ago to protest Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plans to overhaul Israel’s judiciary. After the deadly Hamas attacks of Oct. 7 and weeks of bloody fighting, members pivoted to create a distinctly left-wing Israeli response to the war: advocating for both Israelis and Palestinians in the conflict, even as they work to process the Oct. 7 attack and its aftermath themselves.

The activists say they do not feel aligned with other protest groups in the city, who on one side they consider unsympathetic to Israelis, and on the other, uncaring toward Palestinians.
Their goal is to show “there’s pain on both sides, that we don’t try to compare,” activist Tzlil Rubinstein told our Luke Tress. “This is not a competition of who suffers more.”

Anti-Occupation Bloc activists see themselves as a "third alternative" between an anti-Israel left and supporters of Israel they say display too little sympathy for Palestinians.

“The Gospel According to Chaim,” based on the true story of a formerly Hasidic Baltimore man who encouraged Jews to conv...
12/27/2023

“The Gospel According to Chaim,” based on the true story of a formerly Hasidic Baltimore man who encouraged Jews to convert to Christianity during the Holocaust, serves as the unlikely jumping-off point for a new, Yiddish-language play that opened this weekend in Manhattan.

"The Gospel According to Chaim" is billed as the first full-length Yiddish drama written in the United States in 70 years.

Critics blasted New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for a Christmas message comparing Jesus to the Palestinians, with...
12/26/2023

Critics blasted New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for a Christmas message comparing Jesus to the Palestinians, with at least one saying it invoked the historic charge that the Jews killed Jesus.

Drawing parallels between Jesus’ persecutors and present-day Israel, Ocasio-Cortez wrote in an Instagram post on Sunday that Jesus was born in “modern-day Palestine” under a government carrying out “a massacre of innocents.” According to the New Testament, Jesus was a Jew who lived within the modern borders of Israel and was killed by the Roman forces ruling the territory at the time.

The text in the post was superimposed over an image of a baby doll in a pile of concrete rubble, a variation of the traditional nativity scene that became a motif for pro-Palestinian activists ahead of Christmas. Christian leaders in Bethlehem, traditionally seen as the birthplace of Jesus, called off Christmas celebrations this year to express solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza.

Former ADL director Abe Foxman said the progressive Democrat's statement invoked the historic "deicide" libel.

The day before winter break, Rep. Ritchie Torres stopped by SAR Academy, a Modern Orthodox K-8 day school in the Bronx n...
12/26/2023

The day before winter break, Rep. Ritchie Torres stopped by SAR Academy, a Modern Orthodox K-8 day school in the Bronx neighborhood of Riverdale, to reaffirm his support for Israel.

Torres, a Democrat who is an outspoken ally of Israel in Congress and online, is something of a celebrity at the school where he was greeted with uproarious applause.

It was a stark contrast from the reception Torres got Thursday night at a different Jewish venue, the 92NY on the Upper East Side. There, while discussing his recently passed bill to assign a special envoy for the Abraham Accords, the peace deals between Israel and Arab countries, he was interrupted by anti-Israel protesters who shouted, among other things, “Ritchie Torres, you can’t hide, we charge you with genocide.”

The congressman visited Riverdale's SAR Academy to affirm his support of Israel and the Modern Orthodox school.

As anti-Jewish hate crimes spike citywide, Jewish advocates are demanding that the New York City Department of Education...
12/26/2023

As anti-Jewish hate crimes spike citywide, Jewish advocates are demanding that the New York City Department of Education take a stronger stance when it comes to antisemitism at the city’s public high schools.

“We’re hearing from parents and families daily about the hate that their children are facing in schools and they’re scared,” Tova Plaut, a Manhattan school district staff member and co-founder of New York City Public School Alliance, an anti-antisemitism group, tells our Luke Tress.

Parent groups and teachers call for measures including hate crime data collection, a task force and adoption of IHRA definition of antisemitism.

Several advocacy groups and teachers are raising the alarm about antisemitism in high schools in NYC.
12/22/2023

Several advocacy groups and teachers are raising the alarm about antisemitism in high schools in NYC.

Parent groups and teachers are demanding measures including hate crime data collection, a task force and adoption of IHRA definition of antisemitism.

For the first time in more than a decade,  Yiddish Princess will take the stage at Bowery Electric for a one-night-only ...
12/22/2023

For the first time in more than a decade, Yiddish Princess will take the stage at Bowery Electric for a one-night-only reunion show.

Yiddish Princess will perform in the East Village as part of the Yiddish New York Festival

From concerts to special Jewish-Chinese fusion meals, here's our ultimate guide for Jews who are spending Christmas in t...
12/22/2023

From concerts to special Jewish-Chinese fusion meals, here's our ultimate guide for Jews who are spending Christmas in the city this year.

Party at the Matzoball, check out the Yiddish New York Festival, and so much more!

Recently, Battery Park’s Museum of Jewish Heritage held a family-friendly day of activities in honor of Rebecca Rubin, a...
12/22/2023

Recently, Battery Park’s Museum of Jewish Heritage held a family-friendly day of activities in honor of Rebecca Rubin, an American Girl doll who represents a Russian-Jewish immigrant growing up on the Lower East Side at the turn of the 20th century.

Now, following the success of “Barbie,” Mattel has announced plans to make a live-action American Girl Doll movie. Our colleagues at Hey Alma ask an important question: Who should play Rebecca in the film?

American Girl Doll girlies, our time is nigh! Last week, following the success of "Barbie," Mattel announced their plan to make a live-action American Girl Doll movie. Naturally, this is huge news for women who were once young girls obsessed with learning about historical tragedies and/or Greek m

The Tikvah Fund, a Jewish conservative think tank, is launching a Jewish day school that will aim to give students an ed...
12/21/2023

The Tikvah Fund, a Jewish conservative think tank, is launching a Jewish day school that will aim to give students an education that emphasizes “the majesty of Western civilization.”

Emet Classical Academy, whose name is Hebrew for “truth,” will open next fall on the Upper East Side of Manhattan with a sixth grade and aims to run through high school.

The “small and selective” school, with a curriculum based on “the perpetuation of Jewish, Zionist, and American exceptionalism,” will be led by Rabbi Abraham Unger, a political scientist and former professor who currently leads a Tikvah program for middle schoolers.

Emet Classical Academy arrives amid conservative discontent about elite education.

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