Orthodox Jewish man beaten at Brooklyn traffic intersection

(JTA) – An identifiably Orthodox Jewish man was beaten at a traffic intersection in Brooklyn in an assault that is being investigated as a possible hate crime.

The attack took place at about 7:30 am on Sunday in the Borough Park neighbourhood. The man, 62, was carrying a special bag containing his prayer shawl and phylacteries and appeared to be walking to morning services. [Read more…]

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Israeli envoy’s daughter says she is being threatened at Columbia by pro-Palestinian group

Ofir Dayan (twitter)
Ofir Dayan (twitter)

Ofir Dayan (twitter)

(JTA) – Ofir Dayan, daughter of Israel’s Consul General in New York Dani Dayan and an undergraduate student at Columbia University, said she is being harassed and threatened by the campus chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP).

“SJP is violent,” she told the New York Post in an interview published over the weekend. “I’m worried about my personal safety.” [Read more…]

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New York man who said he knew neighbours were Jewish by ‘way they spoke’ sentenced to jail for painting swastika on their home

New York police crew members removing a swastika from a garage in Staten Island. (NYPD 23rd Precinct)
New York police crew members removing a swastika from a garage in Staten Island. (NYPD 23rd Precinct)

New York police crew members removing a swastika from a garage in Staten Island. (NYPD 23rd Precinct)

(JTA) – A man who painted a swastika on a New York family’s home was sentenced to six months in jail and five years’ probation.

James Rizzo Jr., who was 37 at the time of his arrest in October, told police at the time that he knew the Staten Island family was Jewish “because of the way they spoke.” He misspelled a Jewish slur on the garage. [Read more…]

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Cynthia Nixon gave a Shabbat sermon in 2011 — and praised Andrew Cuomo

Cynthia Nixon speaking in New York City, Jan. 29, 2018. (Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Cynthia Nixon, the former “Sex and the City” star who just announced her campaign to be New York’s next governor, is hoping to win the votes of the state’s 20 million citizens.

But the actor and political activist has already won the hearts of progressive Jewish leaders.

Nixon isn’t Jewish herself, but she’s almost an honorary member of the tribe. [Read more…]

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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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