New: JCC Harlem Brings Hopes And Dreams To Harlem

jcc-harlemJCC Manhattan is proud to announce that JCC Harlem, a new 6,000-square-foot community space on West 118th Street between Fredrick Douglass Boulevard and Manhattan Avenue, will officially open in January 2017. Continue Reading →

Harlem Electeds Mark Levine And Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Honor JCRC- NY

pic-for-newsletter-1On Friday, September 2, 2016, the JCRC-NY was honored when the NYC Council observed their 40th anniversary at City Hall with Harlem elected Council member Mark Levine and Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito alongside several JCRC-NY Board Members. Continue Reading →

Morrie “Mr. Cheez Doodles” Yohai, Harlem NY 1920 – 2010

Morrie Robert YohaiMorrie Robert Yohai, (pronounced yo-high), March 4, 1920 – July 27, 2010, was an American food company executive best known for his creation of Cheez Doodles, a cylindrical baked cornmeal puff most often with a cheddar cheese flavor. Continue Reading →

The ‘Jews Of Washington Heights’ At Mayles Cinema In Harlem

german jews in wasington heightsBetween 1933 and 1941 thousands of Jews fled Nazi Germany and Austria for America. Leaving behind brothers, sisters and parents, more than 20,000 of them came together in Washington Heights in New York City. Continue Reading →

Apartment Building Planned To Replace Harlem Church

harlem-baptist-temple-church befo afterNew York Yimby reports that when a New York City church can’t afford to repair its own building, it’s only a matter of time until it ends up in the hands of real estate developers. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Levin And Jewish Council Members Denounce Anti-Israel CUNY Vote

mark levine 2On Friday, April 15 Jewish members of the New York City Council spoke out against a resolution set to be voted on by the student government at CUNY’s graduate school that would endorse a boycott of Israeli academics and academic institutions. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Jessie Sampter, Educator, A Poet, And A Zionist Pioneer

Jessie Sampter1Jessie Sampter was an influential Zionist educator, a poet, and a Zionist pioneer influenced by Hadassah founder Henrietta Szold, Josephine Lazarus, Mary Antin,Mordecai Kaplan, Unitarian minister Rev. Merle St. Croix Wright and others to become an ardent advocate of Judaism and Zionism born March 22, 1883 in Harlem, New York. Continue Reading →

On Jerusalem Walls, Artist Memorializes Hebrew Israelite Rabbi From Harlem

Rabbi Mordecai HermanWhen Rabbi Mordecai Herman would visit the Lower East Side of the 1920s, then teeming with Jewish immigrants from Europe, he cut an intriguing figure. Continue Reading →

HW Pick: New York Yiddish Theater: From Bowery To Broadway

Yiddish_Theater_hero1From the late 19th to the mid- 20th century, a thriving Yiddish theater culture blossomed on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and in Harlem (from Milton Berle to George and Ira Gershwin), entertaining over 1.5 million first and second generation Eastern-European Jewish immigrants. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Moses Reicherson, One On The Finest Linguist In The World 1827–1903

moses reichersonMoses Reicherson, 1827–1903, Hebrew author and grammarian. Reicherson was born in Vilna where he earned his living as a part-time teacher of Hebrew and as a proofreader and editor for publishing houses. Continue Reading →