Nurses at two of New York City’s largest hospitals have gone on strike. Union officials failed to reach tentative agreements with hospital administrators in a dispute over pay and staffing levels. The walkout involves as many as 3,500 nurses at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx and about 3,600 at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. Seven other hospitals were able to reach tentative agreements to prevent strikes.  At these hospitals, patients are likely to see disruptions in emergency rooms, childbirth, and other areas of care. “The entire New York City Labor Movement stands with our nurses, who are courageously taking action against dangerous understaffing that threatens the safety of their patients,” AFL-CIO New York City Central Labor Council President Vincent Alvarez remarked. “The decision to go on strike is never an easy one, particularly for workers who care so deeply about the patients and communities they serve. But hospital executives created this crisis by failing to hire, train, and retain nurses while at the same time treating themselves to extravagant compensation packages. Now it’s time for them to fix what they’ve broken.”

Eretz HaKodesh, the recently formed and recently elected Charedei party within the WZO and Israel’s national institutions, expressed its strong opposition to a letter issued by the Jewish Agency for Israel, and signed on by Jewish Federations of North America, Keren Hayesod and the World Zionist Organization, that criticized the new Israeli government led by Prime Minister Binyomin Netanyahu.

Estate and gift tax rules can be confusing. This article serves to provide some clarity to what can be overwhelming at best.

There is a federal gift tax and estate tax as well as a New York State estate tax. It is important to understand that estate tax and gift tax go hand in hand.

Recap: Libby and Avi meet his parents in the pizza store and break the news about Avi leaving medical school to go learn. His parents are upset and say they will no longer help them financially. 


New York Governor Kathy Hochul was sworn in for her first elected term, making history as the first woman elected to the position in the state. Hochul initially took over after former Governor Andrew Cuomo resigned amid scandal. Hochul defeated challenger Lee Zeldin, former Congressman from Suffolk County, in the closest gubernatorial election New York has seen in decades. The Democrat, launching her term as the 57th governor of New York, said her goals were to increase public safety and to make the state more affordable, two pillars of the Zeldin campaign. “Right now, there are some fights we have to take on,” Hochul said after taking the oath of office at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany. “First, we must and will make our streets safer.”

Move to your home in Israel or rent it out this summer!

A new Anglo group is forming in a fabulous state-of-the-art housing project in Mercaz Shapira. This spectacular housing project is a great opportunity for Americans to buy a house and enjoy suburban living in Israel. Mercaz Shapira is located between Ashkelon and Kiryat Malakhi in the southern district of Israel.