Jaranero Beat (Cortesia via El Diario)

Voices in Focus: A Celebration of ‘Jaranero’ Music

Culture, Religion July 18, 2012 at 4:42 pm

In our roundup today: a memoir by a rabbi’s wife turned feminist artist; a Bronx high school student’s take on the role of family and religion; dueling petitions on a controversial monument in New Jersey; and a Mexican music festival.

Leslie Cruz and Loyda Suero (Photo via EDLP)

Charter School Teachers Say They Were Fired for Getting Pregnant

Education, Religion July 9, 2012 at 5:18 pm

As the debate over charter schools and their ability to hire and fire at will heats up in advance of the mayoral election, El Diario La Prensa reported on two Spanish teachers in the Bronx who say they were dismissed from a charter school because they became pregnant.

Potent Statement: Tossing a ball around in the park is a powerful statement of rebellion for young people who leave ultra-Orthodox communities. (Photo by Claudio Papapietro via The Forward)

For Ex-Orthodox Jews, Ultimate Frisbee as Rebellion

Religion, Sports July 5, 2012 at 2:13 pm

The Jewish Daily Forward explores the journey of former ultra-Orthodox Jews to a life beyond the insular communities they were raised in, with an interesting feature focusing on a group who have picked up sports that they had previously been banned from playing.

The cover of "Jewish Community Study of New York: 2011," a survey of nearly 6,000 of the New York area's Jewish community.

As Orthodox and Secular Jews Increase, Where is the Jewish ‘Center’?

Demographics, Politics, Religion June 22, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Jewish publications had plenty to say about a recent study which found that New York’s Jewish population has shifted to become both more Orthodox and more secular — as well as more interracial and, in some sectors, poorer. A lively discussion ensued about whether or not these shifts signal a trend toward the political right.

Monsignor J. Nelson Perez (Photo via La Tribuna Hispana)

A Latino Bishop For Long Island

In the News, Latino, Religion June 21, 2012 at 5:56 pm

On Long Island, a place with a growing Latino population that is known for its racial strife, the area’s first Latino auxiliary bishop has been designated, La Tribuna Hispana reported.

(Photo from Getty Images, via The Jewish Daily Forward)

In Wake of Morales Suicide, Two Takes on Bullying

Education, Religion June 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm

In the aftermath of the bullying-related suicide of 12-year-old East Harlem boy, Joel Morales, the Amsterdam News and the Jewish Daily Forward published stories on bullying last week. While the former called attention to under-reporting in communities of color, the latter examined the question of how to distinguish between free speech and bullying.

Sikh and Muslim MTA workers can now wear their head-dress freely - without an MTA logo - in a settlement reached with the transit authority on Wednesday. (Photo: The Sikh Coalition via DNAinfo)

To Settle Lawsuit, MTA Changes Post-9/11 Turban and Headdress Policy

Religion, Transportation June 4, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Sikh and Muslim transit workers who wear religious headdress no longer have to brand their turban or headscarves with an MTA logo or work out of public view, after the agency settled a lawsuit that Sikh and Muslim transit workers filed challenging the policy.

New ‘Outsourced’ Hebrew School Worries Some Synagogues

New ‘Outsourced’ Hebrew School Worries Some Synagogues

Education, Religion June 1, 2012 at 1:16 pm

A new Jewish educational offering will begin this fall, reports the Jewish Week — and this is not your bubbie’s Hebrew school. With innovative courses offered around the city, the Jewish Journey Project is a collaboration of several institutions. But some worry that it will erode family loyalty to individual synagogues.

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes refutes critics in sex abuse allegations (Photo by Shulamit Seidler-Feller, via The Jewish Daily Forward)

Figures in Orthodox Sex Abuse Controversy Speak Out

Crime, Politics, Religion May 31, 2012 at 6:02 pm

The child sex abuse scandal that has rocked Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish community has once again grabbed headlines in the Jewish press, which ran interviews with a rabbi whose organization has been accused of blocking criminal investigations, and with Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes, whose response to the sex abuse scandal has come under criticism.

Distrust of the police in Orthodox and Hasidic worlds runs extremely deep. Shomrim members, all volunteers, usually describe their roles as those of intermediaries, liaisons between city and community. (Photo from via Jewish Daily Forward)

Opinion: Baltimore Violence Raises Questions About Jewish Patrol

Crime, Opinion, Religion May 24, 2012 at 4:12 pm

After the alleged beating of a black teenager in Baltimore by members of a volunteer Orthodox Jewish police force, Matthew Schaer explores the history of that force, the Shomrim, in Brooklyn — including allegations that its members have targeted black men.

Cinco de Mayo event at Moishe House in Williamsburg, top, Above, three Murray Hill Moishe House residents. (Photo via The Jewish Week)

Planned as Jewish Social Hubs, NYC’s ‘Moishe Houses’ Prove Duds

Culture, Religion May 23, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Moishe Houses certainly sound like an attractive concept: young Jewish people live rent-subsidized in communal houses, where they host social events to build Jewish engagement among urban 20-somethings. But New York City’s four new Moishe Houses have not yet caught on. The Jewish Week explores why.

Hasidic Anti-Internet Fervor Hits New Pitch

Hasidic Anti-Internet Fervor Hits New Pitch

Culture, Featured Posts, Religion May 23, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Jewish publications have stepped up their coverage lately of the Brooklyn ultra-Orthodox movement to strictly filter the Internet or to purge it entirely from Hasidic homes. The papers have also covered the growing opposition to the anti-Internet movement, from some who call it backward-thinking and others who see it as an attempt to suppress the mushrooming sex abuse scandals.

Rabbi Benyamin Kosofsky teaches from a computer screen in Crown Heights. (Photo via The Jewish Week)

For Students Around the Globe, Jewish Online School Bell Rings in Brooklyn

Education, Religion May 9, 2012 at 2:09 pm

The Chabad Lubavitch movement has made strides when it comes to online education — creating the world’s first fully web-based school of Judaic studies. The Brooklyn-based Shluchim Online School has an online community of students in 36 different countries, reported Jewish Week.

Radical or Regular?: The Muslim Students Association is often shunned by Jewish groups as a hotbed of Islamic radicalism. But Jewish student groups find the MSA to be a reliable partner for interfaith dialogue. (Photo by Nathan Guttman)

Jewish and Muslim Student Groups Overcome Distrust to Form Partnership

Education, Religion May 8, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Jewish students at colleges across the country are increasingly ignoring the “red line” that has separated them from Muslim Student Associations, and are finding their local MSA chapters to be reliable partners for interfaith activities, The Jewish Daily Forward reports.

Voices in Focus: Jews Think Better of American Muslims Than of Evangelicals

Voices in Focus: Jews Think Better of American Muslims Than of Evangelicals

Crime, Religion May 4, 2012 at 12:21 pm

A poll shows that American Jews have a higher opinion of American Muslims than they do of Christian evangelicals; a new app to report racial profiling at the airport; Etan Patz case brings attention to 14 other young children who disappeared since 1979; and a Filipino mayor in Pennsylvania who persisted despite racism.