December 21, 2000 |
According to tradition, the festival of Hanukkah was born when Maccabean Jews in 165 BC fought off Syrian-Greek armies and began to restore their desecrated temple. They only had enough oil to light their lamps for one night, but by some miracle the light burned for eight days. Tonight, as Hanukkah begins at sunset, a similar tale of wonder is unfolding at the Young Israel temple on Manhattan's Upper West Side.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1998 |
In June, New York will see a $500,000 citywide, four-day celebration commemorating the 50th anniversaries of the Cantors Assembly and the state of Israel, including what is billed as the world's largest live outdoor event in the organization's honor. And it took three cantors from Los Angeles to put it together. "I don't think at first anybody believed it," said Nate Lam, a cantor at the Stephen S. Wise Temple in Bel-Air and chairman of the event.
April 3, 1998 |
The city agreed to pay $1.35 million to settle a lawsuit brought by Jews who accused New York City Hall of not doing enough to protect them during race riots in Brooklyn's Crown Heights section seven years ago. Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani also offered a public apology for the actions of his predecessor, David N. Dinkins, who was blamed for not ordering a tougher police response during the four nights of clashes between blacks and Orthodox Jews.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 1998 |
When a five-story glass window collapsed onto the balcony of one of the Lower East Side's oldest synagogues last summer, the elderly congregation waited more than a month before asking for help to fix it. While shards of glass lay scattered on the floor, the 148-year-old building's enormous sanctuary was vulnerable to wind, rain and the occasional pigeon. "It was literally open to the elements," said Ken Lustbader, a preservationist at the private New York Landmarks Conservancy.
June 19, 1997 |
Some people in the closely knit, highly religious Bobov Hasidic community in Brooklyn were so nervous Wednesday they were afraid to tell the Grand Rabbi. What they have is bad news, spreading quickly through the streets of Borough Park. Amazing as it seemed, two Orthodox Jewish rabbis, Bernard Grunfeld, 64, and Mahir Reiss, 47, were among a dozen people charged by federal prosecutors with conspiring to launder and hide more than $1.75 million in profits by Colombian drug dealers.
March 7, 1994 |
In the wake of a shooting attack on ultra-Orthodox Jewish students, New York-area Arab and Jewish leaders appealed for calm Sunday after the funeral of a slain Jewish student. About 5,000 members of the Hasidic Lubavitch community shut down traffic in part of Brooklyn as 16-year-old rabbinical student Aaron Halberstam was eulogized as a "sacrificial lamb." Halberstam died four days after he was wounded in Tuesday's shooting on the Brooklyn Bridge.