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Ben Sales

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Past articles by Ben:

An NYC council member wants public school students to spend a day learning Jewish history –

If enacted, the day would appear to be a unique approach when it comes to teaching the histories of ethnic and religious minorities. → Read More

SoCal Jewish News, a new local publication, goes on hiatus as editor undergoes surgery –

The publication launched last year and will suspend publishing articles until May after its editor, Kelly Hartog, recovers from an organ transplant. → Read More

JCC Manhattan’s new director looks to help people ‘reclaim pre-COVID life’

After a pandemic paradigm shift moved much of her organization's programming online, Rabbi Joanna Samuels wants to bring her community back together - literally and metaphorically → Read More

US synagogues face tough COVID questions (again) as Omicron surges

Despite record-setting transmission rates, vaccines have been a game-changer compared to earlier in the pandemic -- prompting congregations to implement wildly divergent strategies → Read More

NYC Council member apologizes for comparing vaccine mandates to Nazism

Following criticism, Vickie Paladino says her comments were 'ill-considered and inappropriate' → Read More

NYC Jews hoping new mayor will reach out beyond Brooklyn’s Orthodox community

Progressive, non-Orthodox Jewish activists express concern Eric Adams's close ties with the Orthodox could lead to their exclusion from posts in his administration → Read More

Jewish food influencer Jake Cohen named in discrimination lawsuit

Author is accused of racism and sexism, treating Feedfeed's social media staff as maids, shouting at them and making offensive comments → Read More

Eric Adams has deep ties to Brooklyn's Orthodox Jews. Will he reach beyond them as mayor?

Orthodox leaders were part of the outer-borough coalition he mobilized to win the mayoral race last year. → Read More

Incredulous Yeshiva U. fans watch their basketball team continue a 50-win streak

The once little-known NCAA Division III team in a US school perhaps best known for its rabbinic program has gone from nearly empty stands to packed home games and ESPN plaudits → Read More

Fighting anti-vaxxers among Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jews, nurses write 140-page rebuttal

Pamphlet by Emes group addresses issues that surfaced during measles outbreak in 2019, but authors hope it will have impact on COVID vaccine hesitancy → Read More

'Is this really Y.U.?' At Yeshiva U., students get used to their basketball team winning again and again

It's a surprising turn for the Modern Orthodox university, which has historically been famous for rabbinics, not athletics. → Read More

NYC’s next comptroller says he will push Haredi yeshivas to teach secular subjects

Brad Lander says will do everything in his power; law says ultra-Orthodox kids have a right to a secular education, but opponents say it infringes on religious freedom → Read More

As COVID spikes in NYC, Jewish schools and synagogues are going remote again

Several Jewish day schools have switched to virtual learning until winter break, while multiple synagogues announce a halt to in-person worship on Shabbat → Read More

As COVID spikes in NYC, Jewish schools and synagogues are going remote again

Some of the announcements of closures referred to the decisions schools and synagogues made to close in March 2020. → Read More

Former champ Yuri Foreman now ‘Vegan Boxing Rabbi,’ certifying kosher doughnuts

Even as he kept training, the former world champion studied for rabbinical ordination. Now he's putting his religious training to good use -- and promoting his healthy eating cause → Read More

Diaspora minister promises progress on pluralistic prayer plaza at Western Wall

Nachman Shai tells New York conference plan to expand area of holy site where men and women can pray together will go forward once modest repairs are made → Read More

Former champ Yuri Foreman is now the 'Vegan Boxing Rabbi,' certifying kosher doughnuts

Foreman now runs VBR Kosher, a vegan kosher certification agency, with his wife, Shoshana. → Read More

At UJA-Federation's Wall Street Dinner, held under the shadow of COVID, attendees pledge to fight antisemitism

In the night's main speech, Michael Bloomberg decried efforts to make the fight against antisemitism a partisan issue, calling them "a perverse form of whataboutism." → Read More

In solo show, comic Alex Edelman says life not black and white for US Ashkenazi Jews

'Just for Us,' which opens off-Broadway on Dec. 8, discusses navigating life in a mostly non-Jewish America; the central story is about attending a white nationalist meeting in NYC → Read More

Anti-vaccine ad by Orthodox group briefly takes over Crown Heights bus stop

Copying format of pro-vaccine campaign, now-removed placard by anti-vaxx group listed 'Top Ten reasons NOT to get vaccinated' → Read More