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Sephardi, Ashkenazi… Romaniote?

June 5, 2015, by

Ashkenazi Jews. Sephardi Jews. Ever heard about Romaniote Jews? Marjorie Ingall of Tablet Magazine visited Kehila Kedosha Janina, a small synagogue on the Lower East Side that is the only Romaniote synagogue in the Western Hemisphere. Romaniote Jews, according to their oral tradition, “descend from Jews who were put on a slave ship to Rome

New Kosher Restaurant Opens… in Siberia!

June 5, 2015, by

Good news if you’re ever sent to Siberia. There now is a kosher restaurant. Jokes aside, life in Siberia is far from bleak for Jews, especially in the city of Novosibirsk. The London-based Jewish Chronicle reported that the city recently opened a $5 million Jewish community center that includes a shul, a wedding hall and

Help Our Yeshivas, Help Your Pocketbook

June 4, 2015, by

In just two weeks, one of the most crucial bills at the NY state level that can benefit our community will either be approved by our state legislators, or tossed to the side, as has been the case till now. The ‘Parental Choice in Education Act’, also known as the Education Tax Credit, was proposed

Should New York City Fund Security Guards for Yeshivas?

June 4, 2015, by

Standing on the steps of City Hall in downtown Manhattan, Letitia James, the New York City public advocate, turned to the private school students arrayed like a backdrop behind her and ended the speech she gave in mid-May with a shout: “We want school safety agents!” The children — Muslim girls with their heads covered,

Something to Wrap Your Head Around

June 4, 2015, by

It’s an educational forum. It’s a skills-building website. It’s a communal sanctuary to discuss the deeper, the spiritual, the real. It’s a sisterhood connector. It’s a morale builder. It gives options to the clueless, and inspires the doubtful. It’s a trend that’s not a trend. It’s a revolution that’s been developing for the past few

Behind the Veil with Kleinfeld’s Modest Bridal Consultant

June 3, 2015, by

When Rochel Leah Katz, a consultant at iconic New York bridal boutique Kleinfeld, was hired for her job nearly 16 years ago, she assumed the position would be temporary. Katz had no formal education in fashion, much less bridal fashion. But in her tight-knit, Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn, she’d always been known by family

A Water Logged Blog

June 2, 2015, by

Rabbi Aaron Levitt is the Judaic Principal at Robert M. Beren Academy of Houston. He described his family’s experience with the recent flooding on his blog, The Rodeo Rabbi. It’s hard to put into words what it’s like to see your house and cars under water. We woke up at 3 a.m. hearing dripping noises

New Brooklyn Holocaust Museum to Cater to Charedi Population

June 2, 2015, by

A new Brooklyn Holocaust museum aims to take a different approach to remembering the Holocaust. As Cathryn J. Prince explains in the Times of Israel: “Not only is the Kleinman center Brooklyn’s first Holocaust museum, it is the first in the US to portray the Shoah from an Orthodox Jewish perspective. The museum aims to

Ask Aviva: Sister-Inner-Circle-In-Law

May 28, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, My sister-in-law is asking me for marital advice. I guess you could say that we’re closer than most—so much so that she is sharing with me some of their largest issues. She even asked my advice in getting past my brother’s stubbornness, as well as how she can become more involved in their

How to Solve the Jewish Day School ‘Tuition Crisis’

May 28, 2015, by

Everyone asks us, what can be done about the cost of a day school education? Week after week, the tuition crisis comes to our attention, front and center. Rabbis, couples and concerned members of the community call us, email us, and approach us after davening regarding the financial pressures threatening our schools and squeezing our