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Jewish Culture Excluded from Saratoga Race Course International Heritage Days

Posted on July 1, 2014

Saratoga Springs, NY – The New York Racing Authority (NYRA), which runs the Saratoga Race Course and two downstate racetracks, is attempting to increase attendance by instituting International Heritage Days every Wednesday of the six-week meet. On Monday, June 23, 2014, NYRA officials unveiled details of the Heritage Festival which will celebrate each of the Continue Reading »

Paul McCartney: The Jew-ish Beatle?

Posted on June 22, 2014

Paul McCartney is about to arrive in Albany on July 5, 2014, for the first time with all the fanfare and anticipation of 50 years ago when he first arrived in New York City as part of the Fab Four. I suppose it takes time for a talent, such as McCartney, to come to a place like Continue Reading »

Eligberg Installed at Albany’s Temple Israel

Posted on May 11, 2014

Three years after taking over the pulpit, on July 16, 2011, from an interim rabbi, David Mark Eligberg was officially installed on May 3, 2014 as spiritual leader of Temple Israel in Albany. Eligberg is the sixth rabbi at the synagogue in its 62-year history. In 1952 two conservative synagogues in Albany merged to form Temple Continue Reading »

A New Bishop with Jewish Roots for Albany

Posted on April 25, 2014

Some leaders of Albany’s Jewish community, from the conservative and reform movements, turned out to welcome Brooklyn’s Rev. Edward Scharfenberger, 65, to Albany as the 10th Bishop of the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese’s 167-year history. Rabbi Rena Kieval, president of the Capital District Board of Rabbis and spiritual leader at Congregation Ohav Shalom, an egalitarian Continue Reading »

President Grant Remembered as Anti-Semitic War Hero

Posted on August 9, 2012

This past weekend a college buddy of mine, Marc, came up to Albany from New Jersey to pay a visit with his son, Jeremy. The last time Marc, a Marine Park native, was in Albany was 1983 and he does not remember ever being inside the Capitol. So a personal tour was necessary not only as an educational stop for Marc but also for his 13-year-old son.

Giving Everything For The Love Of A Congregation

Posted on May 31, 2012

Rabbi Dr. David Halpern is stepping down from the pulpit at Flatbush Park Jewish Center after 60 years of guiding and overseeing the growth of what is now called the “mothership” of synagogues in the area. This is possibly the longest tenure in the country of any rabbi at a single pulpit.

Obama Visits UAlbany Nanotech Center

Posted on May 10, 2012

President Barack Obama came to the College of Nanoscale Sciences and Engineering at the University at Albany Tuesday touting his economic policies. The 21-minute speech encompassed what sounded like a campaign speech but was billed by the Obama Administration as an official visit.

Legislators: Give Me Your Votes and Your Money

Posted on May 3, 2012

Senate Democrats are proposing to revamp the amount of money candidates can receive, as well as which groups or individuals that they can receive contributions from. They want to put additional emphasis on the average resident giving to a campaign, rather than the money coming from special interest groups, lobbyists or advocacy groups.

Setting The State Budget On A Course For Timely Passage

Posted on April 12, 2012

The New York state budget has been passed before the April first deadline for two consecutive years, the first time since 1983 that feat was achieved. The budget totals roughly $132 billion. Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers are feeling awfully proud of themselves these days for doing the job they are paid to do. So much so that they took two weeks off. Well, state lawmakers won’t say it is two weeks off because they tend to business within the district.

Councilman Barron Explains His Position On Israel — Sort Of….

Posted on March 15, 2012

City Councilman Charles Barron’s position on Israel was apparently misstated in a previous column here. Barron says he favors a two-state solution between the Palestinians and Israelis, and supports the right for Israel to exist.

Philadelphia Jewish Museum Ignores Local Connection

Posted on July 14, 2011

The National Museum of American Jewish History, in the heart of the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia, stands directly across from the Liberty Bell, a block south of the National Constitution Center and one block north of the birthplace of American liberty, Independence Hall. I recently toured the museum hoping to find local connections.

Expectations, not money, the challenge facing education says New York State Regents chancellor, Merryl Tisch

Posted on March 8, 2011

ALBANY – “I come from a tradition that values education. I come from a tradition that values the book. I come from a tradition that is steeped in literature. I come from a tradition that is steeped in intellectual curiosity and those are the essential elements, I think, that need to be embedded in our Continue Reading »

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