Op-Ed: New York’s Bid to Control Religious Schools

Ahead of the release of guidelines from the State Education Department regarding instruction at religious and other private schools, Avi Schick – a member of the Dentons’ Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice and attorney for PEARLS – wrote an op-ed recently published in the Wall Street Journal. In the piece, Avi argues that New York’s plan is not only inconsistent with the law, but may also have the unintended effect of requiring the State to provide billions of dollars in school aid annually to non-public schools.

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Jewish Resurgence in Sleepy Kingston Pennsylvania

In a small quiet area of Northeastern Pennsylvania in the Wyoming Valley of the Pocono Mountains lies the once thriving Jewish community of Kingston. Dozens of Orthodox shuls, schools, and community centers are all a distant memory in the hearts and minds of the Observant Jews who have remained. Recently this all began to change with the arrival of young Lubavitch families who brought with them a new vitality and chayus. This quiet town was quickly transformed to a center of Torah and Yiras Shomayim.

Man says he was Almost Shot While Buying Conditioner

Imagine walking into a convenience store with your headphones on, picking out a conditioner bottle — then turning around to see two police officers pointing their guns at you. That’s what happened to Ben Faulding, a black Jewish New Yorker while walking back from his gym in Long Island, New York, and stopped to buy some toiletries.

Residents Upset at 4am Police Wake-Up Sirens

President Street residents are up in arms over a 4:00am ‘wake-up call’ they received courtesy of an NYPD patrol cruiser announcing that residents must come out and move their cars. One reader, Amir P., was so upset that he called it “brutality” and authored a letter about this shocking experience.

Pol Who Slandered ‘Jewish Landlords’ Now Accused of Pandering to Them

With the Democratic Primary Elections set to take place Tuesday, September 12th, Laurie Cumbo — who represents Crown Heights’ 35th District and began her career by blaming “Jewish landlords” for the unprovoked attacks of the “knockout game” — snagged an endorsement from a self-proclaimed “Crown Heights Jewish Coalition,” which touts her supposed qualifications and alleged assistance to the Jewish community.

A Sparkling Wedding Miracle

Many have the good fortune of being invited to weddings all the time, with some being more memorable than others. Nina Glick writes about an especially memorable one between two very special individuals which recently took place.

Lubavitcher Sues Eshel over For-Profit Hotel

A Lubavitcher has initiated a federal lawsuit against Eshel Hachnosas Orchim and its owner R’ Menachem Mendel Hendel over what he claims is a for-profit hotel being illegally operated out of building in Crown Heights. DNAinfo has profiled the lawsuit in an article describing bother parties as “Mishechistim”, and that the social services organization was meant to provide shelter for the needy, but instead charges Manhattan prices for its rooms.