Post Tagged with: "Orthodox Jewish"

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Orthodox Jewish Groups Exploit Government-Funded Library Program

Brooklyn, Religion, Social Services February 6, 2013 at 8:43 pm

The federally-backed library subsidy program E-Rate has committed $1.4 million to ultra-Orthodox religious institutions in Brooklyn that don’t actually qualify as libraries, The Jewish Daily Forward reports.

The Dream Act and the decisive Hispanic vote in the 2012 elections are the biggest Latino stories of the year. (Photo via flickr, Creative Commons License.)

NY Ethnic Newspapers Pick Top Stories of 2012

With the arrival of the New Year, several New York ethnic publications highlighted the most relevant stories for their communities in 2012. Here are some of them, coming from backgrounds as varied as Jewish, Filipino and Hispanic.

Posters in Brooklyn call on Jewish women to abide by ultra-Orthodox standards of ‘modesty.’ (Photo via The Jewish Daily Forward.)

Inside Brooklyn’s Feared Hasidic Modesty Patrols

Brooklyn, Crime, History, In the News, Religion December 28, 2012 at 3:07 pm

One of the most striking ironies of the trial of Nechemya Weberman is that the counselor convicted of sexually abusing a minor was a member of Williamsburg’s Va’ad Hatznius, or modesty patrol, The Jewish Daily Forward reports.

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Orthodox Jews Living Openly Gay

Brooklyn, Culture, LGBTQ, Religion November 30, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Producer Jon Kalish of The Jewish Forward spoke to four gay Orthodox Jews who struggle to find balance between their sexual orientation and a religion where homosexuality is theological taboo.

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Orthodox Patrol Seeks to Block Police Access to Security Camera Footage

Brooklyn, Crime August 13, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Even as the state prepares to set up a $1 million security camera system in Boro Park, the head of an Orthodox Jewish security force has argued for blocking the New York City Police Department from direct access to footage from the cameras, reported the Jewish Daily Forward.

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.

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Voices in Focus: First Military Trial in Death of Pvt. Danny Chen

Crime, Politics July 23, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Today’s stories include army trials in the death of Pvt. Danny Chen, the “purging” of Florida and Colorado’s voter rolls, an update on the sex abuse scandal in Brooklyn’s Orthodox community and the announcement that President Barack Obama has recruited an Indian-American celebrity to help him register voters.

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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.

A new exhibit surveys more than two centuries of Caribbean art. (Photo by Justin Mitchell/Fi2W)

Voices in Focus: How Were Translation Services at Yesterday’s Primary?

Crime, Culture, Politics June 27, 2012 at 10:07 am

In today’s roundup, we’re asking how translation services went during yesterday’s primary; we have news of a new concession from the Brooklyn District Attorney in the ongoing Orthodox child sex abuse scandals; and a report on an ambitious exhibit of Caribbean art.

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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.

Keeping Eye on Crime: A new program will put more cameras in Orthodox neighborhoods in Brooklyn. It will be run by volunteer groups, not the police. (Photo by Shmuel Lenchevsky, via The Forward)

Orthodox Volunteers to Run $1M ‘Leiby Kletzky Security Initiative’

Brooklyn, Crime June 5, 2012 at 5:13 pm

After the murder of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky last year, Jewish neighborhoods in Brooklyn will have security cameras near schools and synagogues, courtesy of a $1 million state-funded program, reported The Forward. The cameras may be monitored by the Jewish Shomrim patrol, which has been criticized for failing to promptly notify the police of crimes.

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 bpshomrim.org 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.

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes has been under fire for his handling of sex abuse allegations in his borough's Orthodox community. (Photo via The Jewish Week)

More Fallout on Sex Abuse Allegations in Brooklyn Orthodox Communities

Crime, Politics May 22, 2012 at 1:42 pm

The latest in Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish sex abuse scandal: a scuffle between supporters of an accused yeshiva teacher and his accusers; more allegations of witness intimidation; a planned panel on witness intimidation; the silence of politicians on the release of abuse suspects’ names; and new hope for a stalled bill in Albany.

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes says the ‘tight-knit’ nature of the Orthodox community makes it impossible to disclose the identities of abuse suspects without also identifying their victims. (KINGS COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE)

Newspaper Presses For Names of Orthodox Sex Abuse Suspects

Crime, Opinion May 1, 2012 at 5:44 pm

The Jewish Daily Forward continues its call for the release of the names of Orthodox Jews charged in sex abuse cases. Brooklyn prosecutors have refused to release the names of Hasidic suspects, arguing that the community’s close ties make it easy to identify victims of abuse.

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