Masjid At-Taqwa in Bedford-Stuyvesant. (Photo: Aurora Almendral)

Muslims Speak Out Against Anti-Islam Video and Protests

Brooklyn, Religion September 19, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Feet in 2 Worlds’ Aurora Almendral headed to Bedford-Stuyvesant, where Muslim immigrants added an often-missing voice to a heated topic. Still, many didn’t want to share their opinion, fearing it would “cause the anti-Muslim ugliness to be directed to them.”

I’ve Got the Apples, Baby: The High Holy Days are a great time to try out new pick-up lines. Who knows, you might get lucky.  (Photo via The Jewish Daily Forward)

It’s a Happening Singles Scene at High Holidays Synagogue Services

Culture, Religion September 17, 2012 at 4:27 pm

The High Holidays bring different joys to different age groups. For the Jewish young and single, it’s a good time for husband/wife-hunting, writes Lenore Skenazy in The Jewish Daily Forward.

Brooklyn Latinos Thankful to ‘Virgin of Immigrants’

Brooklyn Latinos Thankful to ‘Virgin of Immigrants’

Immigration, Latino, Religion September 6, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Ecuadorians in Brooklyn will hold a vigil to honor the “Virgen del Inmigrante” (Virgin of Immigrants) on Sept. 7, an annual event that celebrates a virgin they believe protects immigrants from the perils of crossing borders.

(Photo by Lisa Anchin, via Jewish Daily Forward)

Essay: Beige Pantyhose and Identity

Culture, Religion September 5, 2012 at 9:03 pm

In the first of a Jewish Daily Forward series on her former Hasidic life, Hush author Judy Brown discusses beige pantyhose and movies, two subjects that help carve the line between Hasidic and mainstream society.

At Staten Island Sikh Temple, a Meal For All

At Staten Island Sikh Temple, a Meal For All

Food, Religion, Video September 5, 2012 at 10:40 am

This mouth-watering video by City Spoonful exploring the Sikh tradition of the “langar meal” caught our eye this morning. City Spoonful’s Arpita Aneja visited the Staten Island Gurudwara, in Concord, to take part in the tradition of a free, communally prepared vegetarian meal following the religious service.

Ultra-Orthodox Defend ‘Oral-Suction’ Circumcision

Health, In the News, Religion August 22, 2012 at 6:33 pm

New York’s ultra-orthodox community is gearing up to resist the implementation of a possible new regulation concerning metzitzah b’peh, a controversial ritual in which rabbis orally suction blood from circumcision wounds, reports The Jewish Daily Forward.

Children at the Islamic Cultural Center of New York in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. (Photo by Hadear Kandil)

Essay: Ramadan Prayers for Peace and Solidarity

Culture, Featured Posts, Religion August 16, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Hadear Kandil, an Egyptian-American born and raised in Manhattan, shares her reflections on a Ramadan tainted by the recent shooting in a Wisconsin Sikh temple.

Sikhs, like Harpreet Singh Toor (above), who wear a turban and beard are unable to serve in the NYPD. (Photo by Billy Rennison via The Queens Courier)

Practicing Sikhs Find NYPD Policy on Turbans, Beards Unwelcoming

Religion, South Asian August 15, 2012 at 1:33 pm

The recent shooting rampage that killed six and wounded others in a Wisconsin Sikh temple put anti-Sikh venom on the national agenda. But many Sikhs say that discrimination is nothing new in post-9/11 America — and some see it even at institutions such as the New York City Police Department, reported the Queens Courier.

Masjid Ar-Rhaman (Photo by Kathleen Horan)

For NYC Cabbies, Ramadan Fasting Means Hungry 12-Hour Shifts

Culture, Religion August 13, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Since the Islamic holy month of Ramadan started last month, many Muslims in New York City have fasted from sunrise to sunset, including a large portion of the city’s yellow cab drivers, who often work 12-hour shifts with no food, drink or caffeine, WNYC’s Transportation Nation reported.

The Brooklyn-based Redeemed Christian Church of God is one of many Nigerian Churches in New York City (Photo via The Brooklyn Ink; By Ernest Chi)

Brooklyn’s Nigerian Community Feels the Heat of War

Brooklyn, Religion, Sub-Saharan African August 8, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Brooklyn-based immigrants from Nigeria are struggling with the negative impact of religiously motivated violence in their home country, spearheaded by the Islamist militant movement Boko Haram, reports The Brooklyn Ink.

Rockland County School Board Rocked by Misconduct Charges

Rockland County School Board Rocked by Misconduct Charges

Education, New York, Religion August 7, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Fourteen public school families and community advocates from the East Ramapo Central School District in Rockland County are demanding removal of five Orthodox members of the local school board, accusing them of gross misconduct, says The Jewish Week in a report.

Omar Ángel Pérez (via La Tribuna Hispana)

Voices in Focus: After Orthodox Gathering, Skeptics Question Jewish Unity

Labor, Religion August 6, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Our news today focuses on a gathering of 90,000 Jews at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium, the resignation of Workplace Project’s executive director, the sale of the parent company of The Villager and Downtown Express, a new play about fleeing North Korea and the return of SalsaFest to the Bronx.

(Photo by Michael Eldridge via Jewish Daily Forward)

Black Hebrew Israelites Carve Out Their Own Jewish Identity

African American, Religion August 3, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Black Jews have often been rejected as “inauthentic” by the Jewish establishment, the Jewish Daily Forward reports, but now more are undergoing formal conversion and sending their children to yeshivas or Jewish day schools. “Hebrew Israelites” across the country have formed tight-knit communities, where their synagogues echo with calls of “Hallelujah!” and with music.

In Williamsburg’s Orthodox Section, It’s ‘No Sleeves, No Service’

Brooklyn, Business, Religion July 30, 2012 at 4:35 pm

New York City customers are used to abiding by the “no shoes, no service” rules posted in many restaurants and stores. But dress codes that ban shorts, sleeveless shirts and low-cut necklines in Williamsburg’s Orthodox Jewish section have drawn criticism and started a debate on the limits of religious freedom, reports The Jewish Press.

Loretta Weinberg (Photo via Jewish Daily Forward)

Legislators, Rabbis Object to High Price of Jewish Sunday Burials in N.J.

Business, Religion July 30, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Jewish religious traditions ban Saturday funerals and mandate a speedy burial for the deceased — which makes Sunday a busy day at Jewish cemeteries. But for New Jersey residents whose loved ones die late in the week, a Sunday burial can bring hefty additional surcharges, found The Jewish Daily Forward.