Religion

Keeping Kosher: Rabbi Sholom Lipskar wraps tefillin with a prisoner in a Florida jail. (Photo courtesy of aleph institute)

Prisons Grapple With Costs as Non-Jewish Inmates Eat Kosher

Food, Religion April 30, 2012 at 6:08 pm

The popularity of a kosher diet among non-Jewish inmates in prisons across the country is costing taxpayers millions of dollars, The Jewish Daily Forward reports. Only a sixth of the 24,000 inmates who eat kosher are Jewish, and kosher meals cost more than double the normal prison meal.

Zan tried pizza for the first time with his host family brother, Alessandro Bruni. (Photo by Nancy Bruni)

‘America-Friendly’ and Eager to Learn

Culture, Featured Posts, Religion April 24, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Columnist Nancy Bruni was surprised to find her Brooklyn neighbors slightly uneasy at the idea of her taking in a Muslim foreign exchange student. And that apprehension, she learned, was mutual. Here is her interview with the student, 17-year-old Muhammad Fauzan Omar.

Photo By Naomi Zeveloff

Jewish School’s Facebook Ban: a Double Standard?

Education, Religion April 17, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Even as a Crown Heights girls high school associated with the Chabad-Lubavitch movement has banned the use of Facebook among its students, the Orthodox Jewish group has itself been extremely active online and on social media, The Jewish Daily Forward reported.

Profile: A Reluctant Hero Turns 90

Profile: A Reluctant Hero Turns 90

History, Religion April 17, 2012 at 4:19 pm

As he prepared to turn 90 yesterday, Kew Gardens resident Fred Friedman finally opened up about his daring adventures to save Jews during World War II by disguising himself as a non-Jew, and as a member of the Gestapo.

Kim Ima, owner of the Treats Truck, with her apple Passover cake. (Photo by Jason Florio / Feet in 2 Worlds)

Two Holidays, One Weekend

Culture, In the News, Religion April 6, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Both Christians and Jews will be celebrating important holidays this weekend, and there was plenty of coverage of both Easter and Passover in the ethnic and community press. Here are two articles that caught our attention.

Imported Matzo Undercuts American Product

Food, Religion April 5, 2012 at 4:40 pm

In the shopping frenzy before Passover begins, cheap or free matzo is one of the ways that supermarkets draw in customers. But the rush to undercut each other on matzo givaways has led many retailers to cheap Israeli products, which has hurt American matzo manufacturers. Meanwhile, Jewish Food has a moment in high-end NYC kitchens.

Dorjee Gyalpo greets one of his supporters at a reception in Woodside, Queens, on Saturday. Gyalpo and two others, including Shingza Rinpoche (immediately to Gyalpo's left) spent 30 days without food in protest of China's occupation of Tibet. (Photo by Gwen McClure)

After Month-Long Hunger Strike, Tibetan Protesters Honored

Politics, Religion April 2, 2012 at 3:07 pm

The Tibetan protesters who finished a 30-day hunger strike outside the United Nations on March 22 were honored this weekend, after the United Nations promised to investigate the situation in Tibet.

The Burmese monk Ashin Vimala relies on email to communicate with people back home. (Photo by Jane Teeling)

Monks Watch Burmese Politics Shift From Brooklyn

Featured Posts, Politics, Religion March 22, 2012 at 12:29 pm

With an historic election set for April, all eyes are on Burma to see what direction the country will take. In Brooklyn, the Burmese monks at the American Burma Buddhist Association watch with trepidation and do what they can to help.

Rabbi Dov Korn, right, is co-director of the new Chabad Serving NYU on the Bowery. (Photo via Jewish Week)

Chabad Houses Augur Jewish Gentrification Downtown and Uptown

Housing, Religion March 15, 2012 at 11:44 am

Chabad Houses in Harlem and on The Bowery are harbingers of Jewish gentrification, The Jewish Week argues. The paper called the Chabad-Lubavitch movement a “American Jewry’s canary in the coal mine, sensing the stirrings of an emerging Jewish community and moving in.”

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.

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.

Portrait: ‘I Didn’t Plan to Become a Monk’

Culture, Education, Religion, South Asian February 16, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Feet in Two Worlds brought us this audio slide show portrait of Gadadhara Pandit Dasa, the first Hindu Chaplain of Columbia University, and now also of New York University.

Morrell Caterer’s former general manager Thomas Cataldo, left, and former executive chef Michael Savitsky have alleged that the caterer did not follow kosher protocols.

Allegations of Non-Kosher Catering at Kosher L.I. Weddings

Culture, Food, Long Island, Religion February 14, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Here’s a decidedly unromantic wedding story for Valentines day: A kosher caterer stands accused of passing off non-kosher food at around 200 upscale Jewish weddings on Long Island.