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Teen Arrested in Lower East Side Synagogue Arson Investigation

22 Iyyar 5777 – May 17, 2017
The young suspect was brought into the police 7th Precinct Tuesday night in the midst of the monthly meeting between local residents and Police Commissioner James O’Neill.

Historic Lower East Side Synagogue on Fire

19 Iyyar 5777 – May 15, 2017
The synagogue's upper floors had been condemned since the 1990s, and in 2007 the building was closed altogether.

Orthodox Shul Will Keep LGBT Shabbaton Despite Neighborhood Rabbis’ Objection

26 Iyyar 5776 – June 3, 2016
"We encourage you to show your support by coming to shul this Shabbat for services and for the Shabbaton programming, and we welcome your feedback, questions, and notes of support."

Jewish Grassroots Groups Seeking Support for Lower East Side Landmark Status

23 Heshvan 5776 – November 4, 2015
Friends of the Lower East Side (FOTLES) and Lower East Side Preservation Initiative (LESPI) have organized to preserving the social, cultural and architectural legacy of the historic Lower East Side.

Lower East Side Liberal-Orthodox Synagogue Burglarized

2 Heshvan 5776 – October 15, 2015
Police concluded this was a burglary and not a hate crime.

Steit’s Matzos to Close Lower East Side Factory

18 Tevet 5775 – January 9, 2015
Streit's supplies 40% of US domestic-made Matzos.

Noah’s Ark Is Gone but Lower East Side Memories Are Kosher

30 Kislev 5774 – December 2, 2013
Some memories are so strong that they can smell the kosher food that used to be de facto Jewish law in New York City’s Lower East Side. Play it again, Shmuel.

7-Eleven on Grand Street

3 Elul 5773 – August 9, 2013
To most of our readers around the globe, this might not mean much. But the idea of having a 7-Eleven outlet on Grand Street,...

We Are All Children Of One Creator

23 Heshvan 5773 – November 7, 2012
It was the mid ‘60s and I was living with my mother and brother in public housing on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. We moved there from Brooklyn a decade earlier to be near my mother’s family when my father died suddenly of a stroke.

Lower East Side in the Eye of the Storm?

13 Heshvan 5773 – October 29, 2012
This is crazy. For 37 years we lived on the Lower East Side and whenever a hurricane was approaching, it was always somewhere else, hundreds and thousands of miles away. Now it appears that Hurricane Sandy (did they have to pick a Jewish sounding name?) is expected to make landfall smack at the Lower East Side.

New Yorkers Get Together to Save a Distinctly Jewish Architectural Gem

7 Heshvan 5773 – October 22, 2012
The Bialystoker Nursing Home, with its distinctive orange brick and Art Deco façade, has been shut down for a year.

Revaluing Motherhood

10 Tishri 5773 – September 25, 2012
It is ten o'clock in the morning. I am at a local park with my daughter. A number of children are climbing and sliding, imbibing the fresh air. In their orbit are a smaller number of women, some milling around on foot, others sitting on the benches conversing and minding strollers. Trailing my own child, I play a silent game: Who is a Mommy? Which, if any, of these women (who range from lovingly attentive to disturbingly disengaged) are the children's mothers, and which are babysitters?

The Most Stubborn Jew I Ever Met (With Video)

25 Av 5772 – August 12, 2012
It's not easy for any Lower East Side shul these days to make a minyan – but when you're out in Yehupitz you get "not easy" on a good day. Unless you had Benny Sauerhaft in your arsenal.

A Window Into The Past; A Lesson For The Future

5 Sivan 5772 – May 25, 2012
Earlier this month, members of the Toronto Jewish community were given a rare opportunity to be visually transported back in time. The film, filmed in 1922, is called Hungry Hearts, and is based on the short stories of writer Anzia Yezierska, a Jewish woman born in Poland in the 1880s whose family immigrated to New York. Many of her writings are centered on her experiences and those of other immigrants living in the Lower East Side. Like all movies made at that time, it is silent, with dialogue conveyed by cue cards.

Former Ratner’s Building at 100 Norfolk Sold for $8.8 Million

10 Iyyar 5772 – May 1, 2012
The website Bowery Boogie reported that the building at 100 Norfolk Street, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, has been sold for an...

The Twelve Tribes At The Bialystoker Home

22 Adar 5772 – March 15, 2012
A quiet monument to the courage and determination of hundreds of thousands of Jews sits vulnerable on the Lower East Side of New York City at 228 East Broadway. This location was the former home of the Bialystoker Center, built in 1931.

Where’s The Outrage?

17 Tevet 5772 – January 11, 2012
When the disproportion of terrorist acts committed by Muslims – and the resulting hordes cheering the carnage on the Arab street – lead clear-minded observers to conclude that jihadism is the dominant strain in the Islamic world, we are accused of painting with an unfairly broad brush, discounting the silent (and invisible) majority of Muslims who oppose violence and crave peace.

Occupied Territory

15 Heshvan 5772 – November 12, 2011
Ever since a light bulb went off in Yasir Arafat’s head and the idea of a Palestinian people was born, Israel has become known to the world as an “occupier.”

Max Miller’s Kaddish: A Year’s Journey In 50 Shuls

28 Nisan 5769 – April 22, 2009
To make a pilgrimage is to travel far and participate in something holy, singular and transformative. Upon the death of a parent, Jews make a pilgrimage thrice daily to a synagogue to participate in the same ritual, the Kaddish said over and over. It doesn't have to be far or near. It simply must be a place that Jews have decided is holy.

The Changing Face Of Boro Park

11 Tevet 5769 – January 7, 2009
On a windy day in Boro Park, if you listen closely you will hear the trees ( the few that survived the timberman's axe) rustling praises to their Creator - some in nusach Ashkenaz, others in nusach Sfard - but all rising to the heavens in unison with their human co-daveners.

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