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Miami Beach, FL – Exclusive: Bal Harbour Police Officer Speaks Out For First Time On Attempts To Rescue Chasidic Men In Tragic Drownings

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 Miami Beach, FL - Just hours before being presented with an award for his heroic attempts to rescue a group of visiting Chasidic businessmen who were swept up by a riptide off a North Miami beach, a Bal Harbour police officer agreed to publicly share his thoughts about that fateful day, which sparked a renewed interest in his Jewish faith and heritage. As previously reported on VIN...

Kissimmee, FL – Missing Miami Girls Express Gratitude From Their Hospital Beds

Sunday, April 10th, 2016 Kissimmee, FL - The two North Miami girls who went missing yesterday after a Shabbos walk gone awry told their rescuers that hearing helicopters circling overhead in the darkness provided them with much needed reassurance and hope during a chilly Florida night spent lost in swamp-filled woods. 16 year olds Bracha Katz and Rivka Moshe, tenth graders at the Lubavitch Educational Center’s Beis...

Kissimmee, FL – Missing High School Girls Spotted Alive In Orlando Swamp

Sunday, April 10th, 2016 Kissimmee, FL - Two missing girls from North Miami who went missing while spending Shabbos at a Kissimmee vacation property have been spotted by rescuers. Mark Rosenberg of Miami’s Chesed Shel Emes said that the two individuals were spotted waving to helicopters searching woodlands surrounding the Caribe Cove Resort where the two girls had been spending Shabbos with their...

Kissimmee, FL – Search Underway For Missing 16 Year Old Orthodox Girls From Miami High School

Sunday, April 10th, 2016 Kissimmee, FL - Members of multiple law enforcement agencies continue to search for two missing high school girls from North Miami who were last seen leaving for a Shabbos afternoon walk while on a high school weekend in the Orlando area. Rivka Moshe and Bracha Katz, both 16 years old and students at the Lubavitch Educational Center’s Beis Chana High School, were attending the school-wide...

Miami, FL – Days After Announcing Suicide Attempt On Facebook, Orthodox Florida Man Kills Himself In Deliberate Turnpike Crash

Monday, February 22nd, 2016 Miami, FL - A 26 year old Miami Beach man with a history of depression died last night in a wrong way collision on a Florida interstate, just days after he announced a previous attempt to take his own life in exactly the same way on Facebook. Tzvi Ference was heading northbound in the southbound lanes of the Florida Turnpike in his 2009 Hyundai Accent when he crashed into a tractor trailer. ...

Cresskill, NJ – Heroic Chasidic Pilot Coast Guard Auxiliary Member From Rockland County Awakens After Crash

Friday, September 4th, 2015 Cresskill, NJ - Less than a day after deliberately guiding his Cessna to an emergency landing at the treed edge of a field in order to avoid casualties on the ground, a Chasidic pilot is being described as a devoted community member who is known for selflessness and his willingness to help others in need. Spring Valley resident Yanky Rosenberg was piloting the Cessna 172 when the aircraft...

Rockland County, NY – Facebook Post Triggers Events Culminating In Proper Religious Burial For Jewish War Veteran

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 Rockland County, NY - It was a Facebook post in a local Monsey group that set in motion a chain of events that ended with a Jewish war veteran receiving a proper burial in accordance with Orthodox Jewish law. Max Landsman, a World War II veteran, died at Weinberg Village in Tampa on Sunday at the age of 96. A former Monsey resident and a father of six who had 16 grandchildren and great...

Brooklyn, NY – Jewish NYers Plan To Honor NYPD Officer At Sunday’s Funeral

Thursday, January 1st, 2015 Brooklyn, NY - While the NYPD is planning what may be its first official funeral to include Chinese customs, city residents of all demographics are planning on paying their respects to Officer Wenjian Liu, including what many hope will be a large showing from New York’s Jewish community. Officer Wenjian Liu’s funeral will take place at 11 AM Sunday morning with a procession that will pass...

Miami, FL – Brooklyn Orthodox Jewish Rabbi Shot, Killed While Walking To Synagogue

Saturday, August 9th, 2014 Miami, FL - A Brooklyn Rabbi visiting Miami was killed while walking to synagogue on Saturday morning. Rabbi Joseph Raksin, 60, was walking with a friend to North Miami Beach synagogue Bais Menachem, at 1005 N.E. 172nd Terrace around 9 a.m. when two young men reportedly approached and shot him, Miami-Dade Police said. Raksin was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center...

New York – Stark Inspired Bill Passes Senate, Needs Governor’s Stamp Of Approval

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 New York - A bill created in response to the murder of Menachem Stark that would expedite the identification process for unknown decedents has passed the Senate and supporters are hopeful that it will be enacted into law by Governor Cuomo. The Expedited Missing Persons’ Identification Act would require every county medical examiner and coroner to submit identifying data regarding...

Englewood, NJ – Jewish Man Killed In Turnpike Accident

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 Engelewood, NJ - Hours after a Jewish man from Queens was struck and killed by a tractor trailer as he stood on the side of the New Jersey turnpike, police are continuing an investigation in an effort to determine why the man was outside his vehicle, which was parked on the shoulder of the road. 60 year Izhak Shvarz of Fresh Meadows was pronounced dead at the scene on the northbound side of...

Far Rockaway, NY – One Thousand Turn Out to Mourn Destroyed Sifrei Torahs Damaged During Sandy (video-photos)

Monday, May 27th, 2013 Far Rockaway, NY - Representatives from 45 different Shuls showed up Sunday for a funeral in Far Rockaway for 12 Sifrei Torah that were irreparably damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Exclusive video for VIN News By Mo Gelber. The levaya took place at 10:30 AM outside The White Shul, with approximately 1000 men, women and children in attendance to pay their respects to the Torahs, which included...

Brooklyn, NY – Over A Decade Later, Mystery of Missing Williamsburg Man Solved

Monday, February 18th, 2013 Brooklyn, NY - After a disappearance of almost thirteen years, a well known fixture in Williamsburg has finally been located in a grave at the largest potter's field in the United States, thanks to advanced fingerprinting technology. Yisroel Meir Beck was forty two years old and a Brooklyn resident at the time of his disappearance. The man, who was known to frequent batei medrashim and...

Brooklyn, NY – Orthodox Teen Killed By Van In Midwood

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 Brooklyn, NY - A 15-year-old girl was struck and killed by a van Tuesday afternoon as she crossed the street in Midwood, Brooklyn. At 2:49 p.m., police came to the intersection of East 7th Street and Avenue O after a report of a pedestrian struck by a car. They found Sara Kishik lying unconscious and unresponsive in the street. Police learned that a 2006 Ford Econoline van headed east on...

Brooklyn, NY – Fatal Bicycle Accident

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 Brooklyn, NY - Emergency response units are on the scene of a bicyclist that was fatally struck by a truck in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. The 20-year-old female was hit at Bedford Avenue and Empire Blvd and has succumbed to her injuries. Chesed Shell Emes on the scene, NYPD Highway Accident Investigation Squad is responding to the scene. ...
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