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Famed children’s author Maurice Sendak dies

Maurice Sendak, the author and illustrator of children’s books including the 1963 classic “Where the Wild Things Are,” died of complications from a stroke in Danbury, Connecticut on May 7. He was 83. Born in Brooklyn, Sendak’s parents were Jewish immigrants from Poland, who lost many members of their family during the Holocaust. Sendak began work as an illustrator as a young man for other authors before writing and illustrating...

Gertrude Stein unlisted in White House proclamation

In a tradition begun in the George W. Bush administration, the White House released a proclamation declaring the month of May as “Jewish American Heritage Month.”  As part of the proclamation, several well-known Jewish figures were cited and acknowledged for their various contributions. However, following objections from Jewish scholars and leaders, a revised proclamation was issued on May 3 to exclude the name of Gertrude Stein as a “Jew who brought to...

U. S. Religion Census results released

According to the findings of its 2010 U. S. Religion Census released last week, the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies confirmed that Christians including Catholics, Southern Baptists and unaffiliated evangelicals continue to be the largest groups in each state. According to the study,  the Roman Catholic Church maintained its position as the most populous church with about 59 million adherents. However, the study indicated the...

Beastie Boy Adam Yauch succumbs to cancer

Adam Yauch, aka MCA and one of the founding members of the all Jewish troupe of New York City rappers known as the Beastie Boys, died Friday of cancer. Yaunch was 47. At the time that the three Beastie Boys began their career in the 1980s, the hip-hop and rap scene was virtually a black landscape. Yauch along with fellow rappers Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock) and Mike Diamond (Mike D), founded...

Hadassah National President cleared of improprieties

Following the Bernie Madoff scandal, Hadassah Chief Operating Officer Larry Blum levied accusations of wrongdoing against then national treasurer and current national president Marcie Natan and then national president Nancy Falchuk. An investigation was launched by the American women’s Zionist organization by the independent law firm of  Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, LLP and headed by attorney Dan Kurtz.

In his final report issued on April 18 Kurtz announced:...

Barney Franks retiring from Congress

Outspoken U.S. Representative Barney Franks (D-MA) announced today he would not seek re-election in 2012. Franks, who was the first openly gay national political figure, had served as a Representative for his district since 1980. He volunteered his sexual preference in 1987, but had been re-elected with little difficulty until 2010, when he achieved a narrow victory for his seat. Franks has been seen as one of the most liberal...

Rhodes scholarships snagged by NY scholars

Miriam Rosenbaum, an Orthodox woman who attends Princeton and lives in the Bronx, was named one of 32 Americans recipients of the prestigious Rhodes scholarship. Rosenbaum, who plans to study bioethics while at Oxford, eventually hopes to become an advocate for elderly medical care and the disabled. Rosenbaum credited being inspired to help those less fortunate when she became familiar with the story of her grandfather’s Holocaust rescue by a...

Vodka Company To Remove Offensive Billboards

Wodka Vodka released an announcement via its Twitter feed that the company had decided to remove its controversial holiday billboards.  The billboards were displayed in several New York area locations containing a large text tagline, “CHRISTMAS QUALITY, HANUKKAH PRICING.”  Above the large text contained an image of two dogs– one with a yarmulke and the other with a Santa Claus hat.

The New York Regional Office of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) called the...