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June 19, 1997 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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June 21, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The number of Jews living in New York City has dropped below 1 million for the first time in a century, a new study has found. But the Jewish population of Greater New York, defined as the five boroughs of the city plus three suburban counties in New York state -- Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk -- has remained stable at 1.4 million, according to the study by the UJA-Federation of New York. Similar studies have indicated that the Jewish population of Greater Los Angeles is about 600,000.
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NEWS
August 27, 1991 | From Reuters
Hundreds of mourners, demanding justice and shouting at police officers, marched Monday alongside a hearse carrying the coffin of a 7-year-old black child whose death set off rioting in a mixed black and Jewish neighborhood. The marchers moved tensely and slowly through Brooklyn for five miles, from a Baptist church at which funeral services were held for Gavin Cato to a cemetery where he was buried. As mourners marched, they shouted, "We want justice."
NEWS
March 11, 2001 | JOSH GETLIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For more than four decades, this community of Hasidic residents has lived a reclusive existence far removed from the malls and subdivisions surrounding the village north of New York City. TV sets and newspapers are banned here. So are shorts, T-shirts and bathing suits. Signs in Yiddish advise men and women to walk on different sides of the road. As mothers shepherd children through snowy streets, their fathers, husbands and sons spend hours poring over holy texts.
NEWS
August 22, 1991 | DAVID TREADWELL and JOHN J. GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Violence erupted in Brooklyn's racially troubled Crown Heights neighborhood Wednesday for the third straight day as blacks continued their protests against police handling of a car accident in which a black child was killed by a Hasidic Jewish driver. Police said that 61 people, including 43 police officers, were injured. Eight of the policemen were struck by a shotgun blast fired from a roof. They were reported in good condition. Late in the evening, Mayor David N.
NEWS
August 11, 1989 | JOHN KENDALL, Times Staff Writer
A confrontation between the leaders of two militant Jewish organizations erupted into gunfire in New York's Greenwich Village Thursday, resulting in the wounding of a 69-year-old bystander. Police arrested Brooklyn-born Mordechai Levy, 27, chairman of the Jewish Defense Organization (JDO), for firing a semiautomatic assault rifle at Los Angeles resident Irv Rubin, national director of the Jewish Defense League (JDL), and two others.
NEWS
April 3, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
NEWS
December 3, 1992 | From Associated Press
Racial tension has increased in the volatile Crown Heights neighborhood after a black man was beaten by a group of Hasidic Jews who said he was trying to break into a building. A rabbinical student was arrested in the beating. And members of the ultra-orthodox Lubavitch sect charged Wednesday that Mayor David N. Dinkins had provoked an "incendiary" atmosphere in the neighborhood by jumping to conclusions about the beating. Crown Heights is a black and Jewish section of Brooklyn.
NEWS
January 15, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Soviet diplomat's speech in a New York City temple marked the first time a representative of the Soviet Union had appeared in an official capacity at an American Jewish synagogue. Oleg Derkovsky, a political counselor on Near and Middle East affairs at the Soviet Embassy in Washington, called his invitation to visit Temple Emanu-el on the Russian Orthodox New Year's Day "a symbol of new times, of changes for the better." The temple has the world's largest Reform Jewish congregation.
NEWS
April 25, 1988
About 4,500 people jammed a West Side street in New York City at a protest by Jewish groups demanding that Israel end its occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Hoisting placards advising "Enough!" and "Better That We Should Have Peace Than the Greater Israel," the crowd burst into cheers when Peter Yarrow, of the singing group Peter, Paul and Mary, denounced Israel's handling of violent Palestinian unrest in the territories.
NEWS
April 3, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
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 | From Associated Press
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.
NEWS
June 19, 1997 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
March 7, 1994 | Times Wire Services
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.
NEWS
June 30, 1993 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN and RICHARD A. SERRANO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Plotters who planned to blow up the United Nations and other prominent targets also discussed exploding a powerful bomb in mid-town Manhattan's crowded diamond district to inflict heavy casualties on Jewish businessmen, federal prosecutors charged Tuesday. Government lawyers said the scheme was revealed when some of the alleged terrorists were secretly tape-recorded in a car as they scouted potential targets.
NEWS
December 3, 1992 | From Associated Press
Racial tension has increased in the volatile Crown Heights neighborhood after a black man was beaten by a group of Hasidic Jews who said he was trying to break into a building. A rabbinical student was arrested in the beating. And members of the ultra-orthodox Lubavitch sect charged Wednesday that Mayor David N. Dinkins had provoked an "incendiary" atmosphere in the neighborhood by jumping to conclusions about the beating. Crown Heights is a black and Jewish section of Brooklyn.
NEWS
November 5, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
About 30 Jewish and Arab demonstrators exchanged angry words and punches outside a Manhattan courthouse as jury selection began for the trial of El Sayyid Nosair, accused of killing the militant Rabbi Meir Kahane. Police arrested one Nosair supporter. Nosair, 35, an Egyptian-born naturalized U.S. citizen, has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, attempted murder, assault, criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful imprisonment. He has been held without bail since his arrest on Nov.
NEWS
March 7, 1994 | Times Wire Services
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.
NEWS
November 26, 1992 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mayor David N. Dinkins on Wednesday delivered an impassioned Thanksgiving Eve appeal for greater racial understanding in New York City, declaring that neither black anti-Semitism nor Jewish racism can be tolerated. "Our character as a people is being tested now," the mayor said. "Our city will not be divided. "Race baiters and rabble-rousers do not understand our lives," Dinkins added, in what advisers said was one of the most important speeches of his three-year-old Administration.
NEWS
November 22, 1992 | DAVID TREADWELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When a Brooklyn jury acquitted a black teen-ager of killing a Hasidic Jewish scholar last month, Mayor David N. Dinkins appealed for calm. "I have no reason to doubt that in this case, the criminal justice system has operated fairly and openly in reaching this conclusion," the mayor said, trying to ease tensions in a case whose outcome carried a strong potential for igniting racial unrest. "Obviously, some will be disappointed with the verdict.
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