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.

Connor McCrate and Getzy Edelman of Streimel Viking entertain a crowd in Brooklyn. (Photo by Sonja Sharp/DNAinfo)

Ex-Hasidic Death Metal Band Rocks Crown Heights

Culture, Religion, Video May 1, 2012 at 3:25 pm

First there was Matisyahu, the Hasidic hip hop and dancehall phenomenon. Now, DNAinfo reports, Crown Heights has Streimel Viking — death metal by way of Orthodox Judaism.

Protesters outside 26 Federal Plaza, where religious activists stage a weekly prayer demonstration against immigration policies. (Photo by Adi Talwar/City Limits)

Forging a Religious Path Within Occupy Wall Street Movement

Politics, Religion May 1, 2012 at 12:01 pm

As Occupy Wall Street protesters take to the soggy streets this morning for the May Day General Strike, we took in this City Limits piece that explores a strain of religious activism within the protest movement, and a Mexican priest whose religious path has included immigration advocacy, as well as preaching.

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.