Founded in Yonkers in 1904 by Hungarian immigrants, Congregation Ohab Zedek was an offshoot of the Manhattan synagogue of the same name, and had some 1,000 members in its heyday. Nancy Klein tells the story of a mysterious scandal at the shul, and its surprisingly easy resolution.
The Rabbi Who Cursed His Congregants
The Woman behind a Notorious Suicide Bombing Walks Free. Will America See That She Is Punished?
On August 9, 2001, Ahlam Tamimi and Izz al-Din Shuheil al-Masri traveled from the West Bank to Jerusalem, where Masri detonated himself in a Sbarro’s pizzeria, killing seven children and eight adults, and injuring scores. When the two passed through an Israeli checkpoint earlier that day, they appeared to be a young couple; had Masri been alone, police almost certainly would have stopped him and discovered the deadly bomb in his guitar case. Tamimi was arrested shortly thereafter and sentenced to life in prison. Ten years later, she was among the 1,027 Palestinian prisoners exchanged for the captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. She now resides in Jordan.