Ultra-Orthodox leaders have already deterred the use of Facebook. WhatsApp looks like it could be next. (Photo by Tecnomovida Caracas, Creative Commons license)

Ultra-Orthodox Leaders Go After Messaging App

In the News, Jewish, Technology February 6, 2014 at 4:10 pm

The Jewish Daily Forward reports that the increasing popularity of WhatsApp among community members has landed the app on the radar of leaders, who have been discouraging unfettered Internet use.

Super Bowl Boulevard in Midtown Manhattan. (Photo by Vincent Lim Show Chen, Creative Commons license)

Heralding the ‘New York’ Super Bowl

African American, Food, Jewish, Labor, Metro Area January 31, 2014 at 3:58 pm

The community and ethnic press writes on Kosher food, Latino vendors, human traffiking and Richard Sherman.

Yuda Schlass makes his $15 sandwiches in his kitchen. (Photo by Helen Chernikoff via The Jewish Week)

Hipster and Hasid in Edible Harmony

Brooklyn, Food, Jewish January 29, 2014 at 3:37 pm

Yuda Schlass runs the Hassid+Hipster sandwich shop, one of several eateries in Brooklyn that intertwine the two iconic subcultures of the borough, reports The Jewish Week.

Sander’s Bakery on Lee Avenue, the heart of the Williamsburg Hasidic community. Sander’s is one of seven stores whose mandatory dress codes were challenged by the city Human Rights Commission. (Photo courtesy of Google Maps, via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

City Drops Suit Against Brooklyn’s Hasidic Stores

Brooklyn, Business, Jewish, Religion January 24, 2014 at 2:37 pm

The New York City Human Rights Commission (HRC) has dropped a lawsuit against seven Hasidic stores in Brooklyn that posted a dress code for shoppers after a judge ruled in favor of the businesses, reports The Brooklyn Eagle.

(Photo by Yael Ben-Zion, via The Jewish Daily Forward)

Intermarrieds: Turning a Lens on ‘Mixed’ Couples

Culture, Jewish, Metro Area January 22, 2014 at 1:04 pm

Photographer Yael Ben-Zion explores in intimate detail the daily lives of “intermarried” couples, report both Manhattan Times and The Jewish Daily Forward.

The Salute to Israel Parade – now known as the Celebrate Israel Parade – is one avenue for Israelis and American Jews to cross paths as the two communities start warming up to each other. (Photo by The Shifted Librarian, Creative Commons License)

Israeli Immigrants Make Way Into American Jewish Community

Culture, Immigration, In the News, Jewish, Religion January 16, 2014 at 5:09 pm

Israeli immigrants to the U.S. are increasingly integrating themselves into American Jewish society, reports The Jewish Daily Forward.

Curtis Sliwa with fellow Guardian Angels Shaggy Wilfred (left) and Manuel Colon. (Photo by Adam Dickter via The Jewish Week)

Guardian Angels Fight ‘Knockout Punch’ Attacks in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Crime, Jewish December 11, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Brooklyn’s Jewish neighborhoods are being patrolled by volunteers of Guardian Angels following a string of “knockout punch” attacks, involving some 10 victims, reports The Jewish Week.

Angela Warnick Buchdahl, born to an American Jewish father and a Korean Buddhist mother, will head Central Synagogue becoming its first Asian-American Senior Rabbi. (Photo from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion via Jewish Daily Forward)

First Asian-American to Head Leading Synagogue

East Asian, Jewish December 6, 2013 at 4:10 pm

One of the country’s largest Reform synagogues has selected Angela Warnick Buchdahl as its Senior Rabbi, reports the Jewish Daily Forward. Her multicultural background reflects the changing faces of the Jewish community.

Jewish Life on Upper East Side Buoyed by Influx of Observant Jews

Jewish Life on Upper East Side Buoyed by Influx of Observant Jews

Demographics, Jewish, Manhattan December 5, 2013 at 4:20 pm

Jewish singles and young families are being drawn to the Upper East Side, with its wealth of synagogues and Jewish religious centers, reports The Jewish Week.

Manual of How To Cook and Bake (translated from "Lehr-bukh ṿi azoy tsu ḳokhen un baḳen") (Image via The Jewish Daily Forward)

‘Celebrity’ Behind First US Yiddish Cookbook

Food, History, In the News, Jewish, Women November 19, 2013 at 3:59 pm

When Hinda Amchanitzky’s tombstone was found, it would uncover the life of a culinary trailblazer who wrote down generations of recipes and self-published them over a century ago in a cookbook that was a hit among Jewish women on the Lower East Side, reports The Jewish Daily Forward.

The newly-drawn City Council District 48. (Image via Center for Urban Research)

‘Super Jewish’ District Turns ‘Super Russian’

Brooklyn, Elections 2013, Jewish, Politics October 29, 2013 at 5:38 pm

After redistricting, City Council District 48 in southern Brooklyn has more residents from the former Soviet Union and the percentage of Jewish voters has dropped 20 percent. What does this mean come Election Day when four newcomers vie for the vacant seat?

Baruch Herzfeld, founder of Zeno Radio, which allows immigrants to connect to radio stations from their home countries. (Photo by Rachel Bryson-Brockmann/Voices of NY)

‘Entrepreneur’ Links Immigrants to Radio Stations Back Home

Baruch Herzfeld founded ZenoRadio, which allows homesick immigrants to hear news and music from back home.

The closing of Noah's Ark in the Lower East Side means the last of the kosher eateries in the historically Jewish neighborhood. The Jewish Week asks: Does this mean the end of an era? (Photo by Michael Dat via The Jewish Week)

Last Kosher Eatery on LES Shuts Doors

Food, Jewish, Manhattan October 23, 2013 at 4:55 pm

The closing of Noah’s Ark means no more full-service kosher restaurants in the neighborhood, a stark contrast to years past when the historically Jewish neighborhood thrived with kosher eateries. The Jewish Week asks: Is this the end of an era?

William Rapfogel was charged with stealing from Met Council. His predecessor Dovid Cohen (right), resigned his current job running Jewish ambulance service Hatzolah. (Photo courtesy of the Met Council via The Jewish Daily Forward)

Scandals Tarnish Some Jewish Charities

Jewish, New York, Social Services October 23, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Experts believe that better oversight and shorter leadership tenures can deter fraud and mismanagement at Jewish charities, reports Josh Nathan-Kazis in The Jewish Daily Forward.