October 23: Leonard Freed, in Black and White

Magnum photographer Leonard Freed, who documented the realities of racial segregation and ghettoization — and the struggle against them — was born in Brooklyn on this date in 1929. Freed moved to Amsterdam in 1958 and began to document the life of the city’s Jewish community. In the 1960s he captured the energies of the […]

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JFREJ vs. Stop-and-Frisk

by Ben Lorber On a Monday evening in early March, about forty Jews of various ages, gender identifications, sexual orientations, and shades of leftism crowded into a room at the Workmen’s Circle in New York City for a meeting convened by Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ). Passover was fast approaching, and the city […]

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O My America: Stop-and-Frisk

David Ourlicht, the grandson of our veteran reader, Boris Ourlicht, is one of the lead plaintiffs in Floyd v. City of New York, a federal class-action lawsuit brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights against the N.Y.P.D.’s stop-and-frisk practices. The trial just concluded its proceedings. In a talk early this month at the Midtown Shule at […]

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September 2: The Stonewall Cop

Seymour Pine, the Jewish New York cop who led the raid that resulted in the Stonewall Uprising of June 28, 1969, died on this date in 2010 at age 91. Pine was a deputy police inspector and commander of the police department’s vice squad for Lower Manhattan. He later apologized for the raid, in which he led […]

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