Mina Muraoka, a native of Japan, has spent much of her time in Brooklyn studying Jewish history (The Jewish Week).

Japanese Jewish History Scholar Encounters Brooklyn’s Jewish Culture

Brooklyn, Culture March 16, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Although Mina Muraoka considers herself a “secular Buddhist,” and has no Jewish heritage, she knows more about Judaism than many Jews do.

Harvey tolerates some rough-housing from his small human friends. (Photo by The Jewish Week)

Despite Orthodox Distaste for Dogs, Harvey is Mayor of the Block

Brooklyn, Culture March 9, 2012 at 5:17 pm

In the Lubavitch Jewish community of Crown Heights, many consider dogs unclean or unsafe to be around. But Harvey, who was once a 9/11 therapy dog, is widely adored by the area’s Lubavitcher children.

Breaking Bread: David Greaves, Editor of Our Time Press

Breaking Bread: David Greaves, Editor of Our Time Press

African American, Brooklyn, Media February 28, 2012 at 5:23 pm

We begin our “Breaking Bread” lunch interview series with David Greaves, the co-editor of Our Time Press, a Brooklyn-based African-American newspaper that he started 16 years ago.

PJ Library founder Harold Grinspoon (L) and a Russian child read a book.

Book Program Connects Brooklyn’s Russian Jews to Their Heritage

Brooklyn, Culture, Eastern European, Religion February 27, 2012 at 2:23 pm

A pilot program in South Brooklyn helps build Jewish identity among Russian Jews by offering free Jewish children’s books.

Women paramedics will start their own volunteer ambulance corps to tend to Orthodox women patients.

Update: Orthodox Women EMTs to Start Their Own Ambulance Corps

Brooklyn, Health February 22, 2012 at 3:37 pm

After their efforts to join Brooklyn’s all-male Orthodox Hatzalah ambulance corps were thwarted, a group of women emergency medical technicians will start their own volunteer ambulance corps, to be called Ezras Nashim.

Brooklyn Mother Hopes to Close Gap Between Arab Parents and Children

Brooklyn, Culture, In the News, Middle Eastern February 17, 2012 at 5:15 pm

With reports of drug use on the rise among young people in southwest Brooklyn, many parents in the Arab community are finding it difficult to connect with their American-born children. One mother, the Egyptian-born Aziza Hussein, decided to do something about this disconnect.

Community board member Sam Tsang, shop owner Meijiao Chi, and Community Board Chairwoman Theresa Scavo posed outside Chi's store.

City Fines Multiplied as Chinese Shop Owner Struggled to Understand

Brooklyn, East Asian, Economy February 17, 2012 at 1:01 pm

World Journal reported on a Chinese-owned fabric and toy store in Sheepshead’s Bay, Brooklyn, where the owner faced rapidly increasing fines from the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs.

Avrohom Mondrowitz (left) is in Israel, while Attorney Michael Lesher (right) seeks documents related to his case.

Child Abuse Case Tests the Freedom of Information Law

Brooklyn, Crime, Politics, Religion February 16, 2012 at 4:28 pm

A decades-long investigation into allegations of child molesting against an Orthodox rabbi has also ignited a battle over New York’s Freedom of Information laws that may have ripple effects nationwide.

Opinion: ‘The Time has Come for American Jews to go on a Strictly Non-Kosher Diet’

Brooklyn, Food, In the News, Middle Eastern, Opinion February 13, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Even as the movement to boycott products from Israel in protest of that nation’s treatment of Palestinians gathers steam, The Jewish Daily Forward drew attention to another call to boycott Israeli products — this one from within the Jewish community, and for very different reasons. Shmarya Rosenberg writes in the Forward that consumers who do not want to support a hard-line anti-Zionist ultra-orthodox movement should avoid foods that bear the seal of the Badatz Yerushalayim kosher supervision, as well as that of the Brooklyn-based Central Rabbinical Congress.

On Jan. 29, protesters including Councilman Fernando Cabrera, Seungho Yang of the Korean Council of Churches and Comptroller John Liu marched across Brooklyn Bridge.

Churches Brace for Eviction From Public Schools

Bronx, Brooklyn, New York February 9, 2012 at 11:28 am

The news that from this Sunday, religious institutions will be excluded from renting schools for worship has set off a flurry of protest and organizing by the affected congregations. Among the congregations that currently worship in schools are Haitian and Korean churches, churches with primarily African-American congregations and churches where services are conducted in Spanish.

Przemek Adolf and Monika Luczak started their sauce company in Brooklyn.

Friends Bring Saucy Polish Flavor in a Jar to Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Eastern European, Environment, Featured Posts, Food February 8, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Monika Luczak and Pzremek Adolf started their Polish sauce company, Saucy by Nature, in Brooklyn in May 2011. Their mission is to support local businesses by providing a link between local farmers and city dwellers.

In Brooklyn, a Battle Over Whether Lunch Should Come on Wheels

In Brooklyn, a Battle Over Whether Lunch Should Come on Wheels

Brooklyn, Economy, Food February 7, 2012 at 12:58 pm

An article from City Limits’ Brooklyn Bureau focuses on the mom-and-pop store owners and chain restaurant franchisees of Bay Ridge, who complain that the food trucks are taking money out of their pockets.

Greek restaurant 'The Santorini Grill' Sign

Greek Restaurant Offers its Own ‘Greek Bailout’

Brooklyn, Eastern European, New York February 6, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Paula Douralas, the owner of Santorini Grill, has invented her own version of a “Greek bailout” at her Williamsburg restaurant. Since November, she has run her restaurant under a “Pay what you want” policy, The Brooklyn Ink reported.

Vanessa Bransburg, Luz Maria Hernandez and Irene Alcanta Gonzalez are members of Si Se Puede!, a cleaning co-op based in Sunset Park.

For immigrant women’s co-op, best praise is imitation

Brooklyn, Featured Posts, Immigration, Latino February 2, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Across the country and world, worker cooperatives have emerged as a tool to spur economic development among immigrants, and 2012 has been declared the United Nations’ International Year of Cooperatives. Here in New York City, Home Reporter News recently profiled a co-op based in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, which has becomeRead More

What it means to be a black man in America

African American, Brooklyn, Culture, New York, Video January 25, 2012 at 11:05 am

An exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum is bridging the gap between questions about the much maligned male African American identity and the reality of how black American men live their lives.