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WNYC News

Brooklyn Fire Kills Seven Children From Same Orthodox Family

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Fire commissioner says an unattended hot plate is the likely cause.

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WNYC News

Orthodox Jewish Groups Cheer Contraception Ruling

Monday, June 30, 2014

WNYC

Monday's Supreme Court ruling will give family-owned companies more freedom to challenge laws on religious grounds.

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WNYC News

Another Baby Gets Herpes From Controversial Circumcision Ritual

Friday, January 31, 2014

WNYC

Another baby has contracted herpes from a controversial circumcision ritual, according to a health alert the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene sent out on Jan. 28.

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WNYC News

"Do-Nothing Nonprofit" Actually Does Stuff

Thursday, January 23, 2014

WNYC

In investigating Relief Resources, an Orthodox Jewish nonprofit targeted by the Moreland Commission, we found an organization that sometimes blurred the line between its mission and its lobbyist founder's political activities. But the commission effectively accused Relief of not existing and, by all accounts, it does.

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WNYC News

City Pols Celebrate Jewish Holiday With Influential Orthodox Leaders

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

WNYC

It may only be a minor Jewish holiday but some major New York City political leaders and their proxies visited a Borough Park apartment Wednesday night to celebrate and pay their respect to members of the influential Orthodox Jewish community.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Rabbis Accused of Kidnap and Torture

Monday, October 14, 2013

Oren Yaniv, reporter for the New York Daily News, talks about last week's news that two local rabbis were accused in Federal Court of accepting large sums of money to torture men into providing their wives permission to divorce.

 

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New Jersey News

Lawsuit: Taxpayer Dollars for Religious Schools

Monday, June 24, 2013

WNYC

The New Jersey American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit today challenging the state’s decision to award more than $11 million in taxpayer funds to two religious schools.

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WNYC News

Suspect Sought in Crash that Killed Parents

Monday, March 04, 2013

Police have identified a suspect being sought in the hit-and-run deaths of a pregnant woman and her husband whose baby died on Monday, a day after the Brooklyn car crash.

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WNYC News

Orthodox Counselor Sentenced to 103 Years in Sex Abuse Case

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

A religious counselor in Brooklyn's ultra-orthodox Jewish community who was convicted of molesting a 12-year-old girl has been sentenced to 103 years in prison.

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The Takeaway

Violence and Abuse in Insular Communities

Thursday, December 13, 2012

On Tuesday, a State Supreme Court jury in Brooklyn convicted 54-year-old Nechemya Weberman on 59 counts of sexual abuse. As an unlicensed therapist in the insular Satmar Hasidic community, Weberman worked with young, Orthodox women. Reporter Sharon Otterman has covered the case and its impact. Deborah Feldman was raised in the Satmar Hasidic community, and she describes her decision to leave the Orthodox world in her memoir, "Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots."

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WNYC News

After Ultra Orthodox Counselor Is Convicted, A Man Who Left the Faith Tells of Abuse

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

A religious counselor in Brooklyn's ultra-orthodox Jewish community was convicted of sexually abusing a girl who came to him for help on Monday.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Orthodox Jews and the Web

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

NY1 political reporter Josh Robin delves into his series,“Tangled Web,” which looks at how orthodox Jews are dealing with the internet.

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WNYC News

Brooklyn DA Pushes for Rabbis to Report Abuse

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Brooklyn District attorney is pushing for legislation that would add religious leaders to those required to report allegations of sex abuse to authorities in the wake of criticism over his handling of such cases in the Orthodox Jewish community, according to the New York Times.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

DA Hynes and the Ultra-Orthodox Community

Monday, May 14, 2012

Staff writer for the Jewish Daily Forward Paul Berger discusses Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes' treatment of sex abuse charges in the ultra-orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn.

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The Empire

Another special election, another (possible) Republican win--but can it last?

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

David Storobin, the next State Sentor from Brooklyn (maybe) (Courtesy of the Storobin Senate campaign)

The later it got on Tuesday night, the more it became apparent that the special election in Brooklyn's Senate District 27 wasn’t going to be decided in one night. In fact, the neck-and-neck race that has Republican David Storobin with a 120 vote over Councilman Lew Fidler, the Democrat, probably won’t be finalized until next week, when the Board of Elections counts the more than 700 absentee and affidavit ballots.

The seat might not yet be won, but the race had a clear winner. David Storobin and his Republican allies will have knocked off—or come very close to knocking off—the Democratic Party pick who was seen as the front runner and likely winner throughout the campaign.

“Tonight, we’ll go to bed as winners when nobody outside believed that we had a shot to even compete, when every story about this campaign began with Lew Fidler, the heavy favorite,” Storobin said after the election.

Republicans in southern Brooklyn are now two for two. Congressman Bob Turner’ upset win over Democratic Assemblyman David Weprin last September happened because southern Brooklyn turned out for the Republican. Now, conservative Orthodox Jews and the immigrant Russian community (itself heavily Jewish) have upset yet another candidate handpicked by the county Democratic organization (i.e. The Machine) in a special election.

What’s happening in Brooklyn in the last two years is as much a story of a few, at-times overlooked, and increasingly assertive communities fighting to be heard, as it is a partisan realignment. The muscle flexing is a story as old as New York City politics. But two special elections don’t mark a permanent political trend, Democrats and observers say. A special election, a divisive social issue like same-sex marriage and a 15 percent turnout may add up to a Republican victory in District 27, but is it the exception or the rule?

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The Empire

Turner campaigns for 9th District in Sullivan County

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Turner with supporters upstate. (Courtesy of the Turner campaign.)

Bob Turner took a road trip last weekend to court members of the Orthodox Jewish community vacationing and visiting family in upstate New York, the Turner campaign said.

On Sunday, Turner fortuitously escaped the soaking here in the city as he traveled to Woodrige in Sullivan County to speak to potential supporters vacationing in the Catskills Mountains. Turner was accompanied by a campaign consultant, Jonathan Schenker, who is helping Turner navigate the Orthodox community.

"Much of the district, they go upstate in the summer, in the Orthodox community," Schenker said. "The men are up there for the weekend and the wives and the children up there for the week."

According to Schenker, Turner attended a house party with about ten supporters before hitting up the commercial strip in downtown Woodridge, where he was said to be well received at the local pizza shop. "They actually cheered," Schenker said. "It was a great feeling for me actually."

The three-hour tour (after a three hour drive up, followed by a three-plus hour drive back) in Sullivan ended with a visit to a local Orthodox camp connected to a Jewish center near the 9th Congressional District. Schenker said many of the in-district families send their children up during the summer. Turner visited with campers, their parents, and vacation homeowners up for the weekend.

"We gave up some things we could have done downstate because he felt it was important to be upstate," Schenker said. "It's a very big deal. He went to Sullivan County as a sign of commitment to the community."

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