New York Jewish day school launches investigation of alleged sex abuse in the 1970s

(JTA) – A liberal Orthodox Jewish day school in New York City has launched an investigation after a former assistant principal was accused of sexually abusing a student in the 1970s.

Salanter Akiba Riverdale Academy in the Bronx, known as SAR, informed its community of the investigation in an email Tuesday night. A former student recently emailed the school alleging abuse committed by Stanley Rosenfeld, the school’s former assistant principal for general studies. [Read more…]

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Millionaire socialite accused of making anti-Semitic remarks to Jewish attorney, hitting him with glass purse

(JTA) – A millionaire socialite is accused of making anti-Semitic remarks to a Jewish attorney at a Manhattan restaurant and then hitting him over the head with a purse made of glass.

Jacqueline Kent Cooke, daughter of the late billionaire Jack Kent Cooke, was arrested by New York police on Wednesday and charged with second-degree assault in the New Year’s Eve incident, People magazine reported. [Read more…]

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New York town votes to let Chasidic enclave Kiryas Joel secede

Hasidic Jews standing on a wall amongst trees as they try to see the burial of Rabbi Moses Teitelbaum, April 25, 2006, in Kiryas Joel, New York. (Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)

Chasidic Jews standing on a wall amongst trees as they try to see the burial of Rabbi Moses Teitelbaum, April 25, 2006, in Kiryas Joel, New York. (Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)

(JTA) – The Chasidic community of Kiryas Joel reportedly will become the first haredi Orthodox town in the United States after voters in Monroe, New York, overwhelmingly backed a referendum on secession.

On Tuesday, over 80 per cent of Monroe voters backed the measure on Kiryas Joel, a village of over 20,000 Yiddish-speaking Jews associated with the Satmar Chasidic sect, to form the state’s first new town in 35 years. The Town of Palm Tree – an English translation of the Satmar rebbe’s surname, Teitelbaum – should come into existence in 2020, unless lawmakers speed up the process. [Read more…]

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Argentine Jewish businessman, four friends among dead in NYC terrorist truck ramming

Ariel Erlij, third from left, shown with some of his friends who were also killed in the terrorist attack in New York City, Oct. 31, 2017. (Twitter)
Ariel Erlij, third from left, shown with some of his friends who were also killed in the terrorist attack in New York City, Oct. 31, 2017. (Twitter)

Ariel Erlij, third from left, shown with some of his friends who were also killed in the terrorist attack in New York City, Oct. 31, 2017. (Twitter)

(JTA) – Five of the fatalities in the terrorist truck-ramming attack in New York City on Tuesday afternoon were Argentine tourists celebrating the 30th anniversary of their high school graduation, including one Jewish businessman.

At least eight people were killed and about a dozen injured when a truck rammed into a crowd on a bike path in downtown Manhattan in what Mayor Bill de Blasio called “an act of terror.” [Read more…]

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Vandalism suspect said he knew neighbours were Jewish by ‘way they spoke’

(JTA) – The neighbour of a Staten Island family reportedly admitted he painted a swastika on their garage door, telling police he knew the family was Jewish “because of the way they spoke.”

James Rizzo, 37, was arrested Thursday and arraigned the following day in the vandalism earlier that week. He also painted the misspelled slur “Kyke” on the garage. [Read more…]

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Sukkah blocks Brooklyn woman from escaping apartment fire

(JTA) – A Brooklyn woman was one of 10 people injured in an apartment fire after her balcony exit was blocked by the sukkah erected on her balcony.

Daniella Liby, 53, the divorced mother of three adult children, remains unconscious and on a respirator at a local hospital, the New York Daily News reported. The fire started early Monday morning in the Borough Park neighbourhood. [Read more…]

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