All Star Shulem Lemmer on CBS This Morning & Other Orthodox Jews in the News


The Response to the Jersey City Shooting Exemplifies the Dangers of Not Taking Hasidic Jews Seriously
The attack has compelled many people to look us in the eyes for the first time, and it felt at times as if they were surprised to discover humans who grieve and are in pain staring back at them. The ultra-Orthodox community is culturally and visibly different than any other group of people with whom you normally interact, and therefore our very existence sometimes provokes a wide range of emotions, from curiosity to contempt.

Shulem Lemmer Appears on CBS This Morning
Mo Rocca dives into the remarkable life of Irving Berlin, who wrote hundreds of standards including “God Bless America.” Here, ultra-Orthodox singer Shulem Lemmer sings Berlin’s patriotic anthem written during World War I.

Teaneck Man Critically Injured In Double-Pedestrian Crash Had Donated Kidney To Grandmother
One of two men critically injured when they were struck crossing the street outside a Teaneck synagogue Thursday night was to receive an award this weekend for donating a kidney that saved the life of a grandmother. Micah Kaufman, 41, and Sheldon Mermelstein, 75, were coming from shul when they were struck by a sedan. Mermelstein has since died.

‘Enough Is Enough’: N.Y.C. Sees Three Anti-Semitic Attacks in 24 Hours
New York City saw three anti-Semitic attacks within 24 hours between Monday and Tuesday, according to the Anti-Defamation League, which has offered a $10,000 reward for information on one incident. The first incident occurred in Manhattan’s Murray Hill neighborhood on Monday, when police said a man wearing a kippah was violently assaulted, as reported by CBS New York.

‘People Wait All Year’: At A Jewish Bakery, Desperate Demand for Hanukkah Doughnuts
With Hanukkah fast-approaching, the husband-and-wife owners of the Kosher Pastry Oven in Silver Spring needed to fry, fill and box several thousand doughnuts, an increasingly popular treat for the Jewish holiday. Hundreds of people from across the Washington region will flock to the bakery in Montgomery County’s Kemp Mill neighborhood throughout the eight-day festival to buy the jelly- or custard-filled pastries known in Hebrew as sufganiyot.

Hanukkah Photography Exhibit Offers a Window Into Hasidic Jewish Life
Aside from the traditional Hanukkah staples of latkes and jelly doughnuts that will be on hand, one highlight of the festival at the 14th Street Y in Manhattan will be the remarkable photography display called “Hanukkah in Mea Shearim (Jerusalem).” The photos in the exhibit offer a window into Hasidic life in the strictly Orthodox neighborhood of Jerusalem, offering an intimate glimpse of men, women and children celebrating the holiday.


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