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Washington – NYC Mayor Honored for Gay Marriage Advocacy in DC

October 1, 2011 at 11:50 PM
Washington - Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been honored for his advocacy of marriage equality in New York at a Washington, D.C. awards dinner headlined by President Barack Obama. Bloomberg was presented Saturday night with the National Ally for Equity Award from the Human Rights Campaign, a major gay rights organization. In his acceptance speech, the New York City mayor praised the President...

New York, NY – Masbia Soup Kitchens Come To Aid Of Needy Marking Rosh Hashanah

October 1, 2011 at 11:27 PM
New York, NY - Rosh Hashanah begins the ten-day period of reflection is traditionally a time to review the mistakes of the past year and resolve to make improvements in the next. CBS 2′s Cindy Hsu headed to to Brooklyn on Wednesday, where the economy has some turning for help. The Masbia Soup Kitchen in Flatbush is buzzing as families who have hit hard times pick up free holiday...

New York, NY – Protests Of Annual Kapparot Ritual On Schedule

October 1, 2011 at 10:59 PM
New York, NY - Yom Kippur is around the corner that means its time for the annual protests of the annual chicken swinging ritual known as kapparot. Opponents, who this year advertised briefly in Times Square, aren't against the ritual so much as they're against the chicken killing. To get their message of peace for poultry out, The Alliance To End Chickens as Kaporos is going to host not one...

Brooklyn, NY – Crown Heights Resident Capture Aggressive Arrest By NYPD Of Hasidic Man (videos)

October 1, 2011 at 10:35 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Video footage, captured with a cell phone camera, shows a large number police officers manhandling a Jewish man who was trying to defend himself, constantly asking why he was being arrested. According to news site CrownHeights.info The incident began unfolding within the eighteen minutes after Rosh Hashana had already begun near the intersection of Albany Avenue and Montgomery...

Brighton Beach, NY – Television Shoot on Rosh Hashanah Angers Neighborhood Jews

October 1, 2011 at 10:31 PM
Brighton Beach, NY - Jewish residents of are fuming that scenes for CBS' new show "Person of Interest" are being filmed in their neighborhood smack in the middle of the new year. "It's just plain offensive to do this on a Jewish holiday in a Jewish neighborhood," Adele Cohen, a Jew and former assemblywoman, said of the decision to allow "Lights, camera, action!" in her neighborhood during...

New York, NY – Wall Street Slumps Amid Global Recession Fears

October 1, 2011 at 10:25 PM
New York ,NY - US stocks dropped more than two per cent on Friday as signs of slower growth spanning China, Europe and the United States, and the ongoing Greek crisis, hung darkly over the markets. At the end of the worst quarter for global markets since 2008, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 240.66 points (2.16 per cent) at 10,913.38. The S&P 500 dropped 28.98 (2.50 per cent...

Montreal – Yom Tov Noise Ban Causes Stir

October 1, 2011 at 10:02 PM
Montreal - A mainly Jewish Montreal suburb has raised hackles by instituting a noise ban for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. The town of Hampstead had already banned lawnmowers, pneumatic drills and other noise-makers on statutory holidays. But the council's decision to add Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur to the law has made waves all the way to the provincial legislature. First offenders...

Israel – El Al to Breslov Hasidim Flying to Uman: Don’t Smoke on Plane

October 1, 2011 at 09:28 PM
Israel - Rabbi Yohanan Hayut, director of El Al's religious services division, issued a leaflet with strict instructions to Hasidic pilgrims flying to Ukraine for the High Holidays, following passengers' inappropriate behavior on the airline's planes in recent years – including smoking, refusing to put on their safety belts and destroying equipment. El Al's chief purser issued his own memo...

New York, NY – 700 Arrested After Protest On NY’s Brooklyn Bridge

October 1, 2011 at 09:26 PM
New York, NY - New York City police say about 700 protesters have been arrested after they swarmed the Brooklyn Bridge and shut down a lane of traffic for several hours. Police say some demonstrators spilled onto the roadway Saturday night after being told to stay on the pedestrian pathway. They face charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. The lane has since reopened. Occupy...

New York, NY – 1,000 Protesters March From Wall Street To NYPD

October 1, 2011 at 09:01 PM
New York, NY - More than 1,000 demonstrators speaking out against corporate greed and social inequality took their protest to the New York Police Department headquarters Friday. The Occupy Wall Street protesters camping out in lower Manhattan marched several blocks north to police headquarters, where they protested the police response to the downtown protest, now in its second week. The...

Cuba – Jewish Leaders Celebrate Rosh Hashana with Imprisoned American Alan Gross

October 1, 2011 at 09:00 PM
Cuba - Two leaders of Cuba’s tiny Jewish community have visited an imprisoned U.S. government contractor, celebrating the Jewish New Year with him in a small private room near his cell. The Jewish leaders, Adela Dworin and David Prinstein, said in an email sent to journalists Friday that they spent two hours with Maryland-native Alan Gross on Wednesday and found him to be in good spirits and...

Boca Raton, FL – Obama Mulled Freeing Pollard, But Biden Vehemently Opposed

October 1, 2011 at 08:44 PM
Boca Raton, FL - The NYT reported Saturday that in a meeting between Biden and 15 rabbis in Florida – meant to bolster the Jewish community's support of the presidential campaign – the vice president was asked about the Obama administration's reluctance to release Pollard, who was imprisoned in 1986, after he was convicted of spying for Israel. "President Obama was considering clemency...

New York, NY – City On High Alert Following Al-Awlaki’s Killing

October 1, 2011 at 08:30 PM
New York, NY - The NYPD is keeping security tight amid news that radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was killed in an air strike by U.S. forces in Yemen. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Friday that police are worried that al-Awlaki has followers in the city "who might want to avenge his death." The department initially amped up security earlier this month. That action followed reports...

Yemen – CIA drone Kills U.S.-Born Al-Qaeda Terrorist Who Inspired Times Sq Plot

October 1, 2011 at 08:14 PM
Yemen - The same U.S. military unit that got Osama bin Laden used a drone and jet strike in Yemen on Friday to kill an American-born cleric suspected of inspiring or helping plan numerous attacks on the United States, including the Christmas 2009 attempt to blow up a jetliner, U.S. and Yemeni officials said. Anwar al-Awlaki was killed in a strike on his convoy directed by the CIA and carried...

Uman – 19-Year-Old Hasidic Jewish Pilgrim Drowns in Ukraine

October 1, 2011 at 08:01 PM
Uman - While participating in the annual pilgrimage to the grave of Rabbi Nahman of Breslov in Uman, a 19-year-old Hassid drowned. The Interfax news agency said the man died while bathing in a pool of water formed at an abandoned mineshaft just outside the Ukrainian town. The 19-year-old Hasidic pilgrim drowned in Ukraine on Thursday while taking a ritual bath in a lake during the Jewish...
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