Judge: NY Can’t Have Different Rules for Religious Gatherings

BY MARCY OSTER (JTA) — Synagogues and others houses of worship in New York cannot have state-imposed capacity limits lower than other gathering places, under the terms of an injunction issued...

DOJ Argues De Blasio Is Unfairly Strict With Orthodox Jews

(JTA) – A top Justice Department official sent a letter to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio last week that claims the mayor has enforced uneven social distancing rules that...

Engel Relies on Mail-In Ballots to Stay in Congress

Democrats in New York's 16th District are waking up to the likelihood that the representative they have had for more than 30 years will serve them no more. Rep. Eliot...

Orthodox Jews Join Protest at Gracie Mansion to Oppose Fireworks

BY SHIRA HANAU (JTA) – They set off car alarms, honked car horns and set off air horns. If they can’t sleep, they reasoned, the mayor shouldn’t either. Dozens of Orthodox Jews...

770 Reopens With Lots of Dancing, Little Distancing

BY SHIRA HANAU (JTA) – It closed with dancing and it reopened with dancing. The main Chabad synagogue at 770 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn reopened to a large crowd Monday, more than...

De Blasio: NYC Playgrounds Will Open Monday

(JTA) – Just days after Orthodox lawmakers cut the chains off New York City playgrounds in defiance of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s orders, the mayor announced Thursday morning that...

Overnight Camps Sue Cuomo Over Summer Closures

By Marcy Farrell Following New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s decision last week to stop overnight camps in the state from opening this summer, Agudath Israel of America-led Association of...

Politicians Forcibly Open Parks in Brooklyn’s Orthodox Areas

(JTA) – They protested the mayor’s decision to keep the parks closed on Sunday. By Monday, they vowed to cut the chains of the park gates themselves if Mayor...

Tough Times for Rep. Eliot Engel

BY GABE FRIEDMAN (JTA) — Eliot Engel, the 16-term Democratic congressman from New York and chairman of the House’s Foreign Affairs Committee, is facing a strong primary challenge by progressive Jamaal Bowman....

Miller: Reopen Legislature to Give New Yorkers A Voice

By Melissa “Missy” Miller As time passes, it has become frighteningly apparent that our governor is out of control. Or should I say in total control — of all of...
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Where Dems and Republicans Are Trying to Woo Jewish Swing Voters

BY RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — One thing we know about elections is that Jewish voters can make a difference. Take Florida: The Sunshine State’s Jewish...

Many Americans’ July 4 Celebrations Go Virtual as COVID-19 Cases Surge

On a holiday weekend that would typically draw crowds to watch fireworks, march in parades and wave the red, white and blue, many Americans...

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  If the rising summer temperatures and high humidity are making work from home life or weekend relaxation uncomfortable, PSEG Long Island reminds customers that...

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