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Israel – PM Olmert In Fire Storm Comment, “Only Secular Jews Can Adequately Manage Haredi Education”

January 2, 2008 at 10:22 PM
Pinned News - January 2, 2008 Israel - At a special Knesset session addressing the ongoing education crisis Wednesday, PM Ehud Olmert noted that the longstanding problems facing Israel’s education system cannot be easily resolved. “Do you think that a 20-year crisis can be magically mended with a single resolution, with a single strike?” Olmert asked the Knesset plenum, not sparing jabs...

West Hartford, CT – Synagogue to Celebrate Baby Boom

January 2, 2008 at 07:08 PM
West Hartford, CT - Michael Levine has instituted a new agenda item at the Board of Directors meetings at The Emanuel Synagogue in that is a testament to the cycle of life. From now on, Levine, the shul's president, after observing the traditional moment of silence in memory of recently deceased members, will lead a cheer for the new babies born that month to synagogue members. Indeed...

New York, NY – Recession Fears Sink Stocks.

January 2, 2008 at 03:59 PM
New York, NY - Stocks tanked Wednesday afternoon, the first trading day of 2008, as oil and gold prices at record highs and a report showing contraction in the manufacturing sector raised worries about the threat of a recession. The Dow Jones industrial average (INDU) lost 220 points 13,043...

Odessa, Ukraine – Rabbi Condemns Inaction of Authorities in Face of Antisemitic Hate Speech

January 2, 2008 at 03:35 PM
Odessa, Ukraine - Chief Rabbi Avraam Wolf, sharply criticized officials for not doing enough to combat antisemitic propaganda.In a statement, after leaflets calling for the murder of Jews were distributed around the city of Odessa, as was reported here on Vin News, Rabbi Wolf wrote that: "The antisemitic rhetoric of several Ukrainian politicians and programs shown on Odessa television...

California +Holocaust Survivor U.S. Congressman Tom Lantos To Retire Due To Cancer+

January 2, 2008 at 03:23 PM
U.S. Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.), the only Holocaust survivor elected to the U.S. Congress, is retiring because he is suffering from cancer. Lantos, one of the most powerful members of Congress and the chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a statement Wednesday he will serve out his term, which ends at the end of this year. "Routine medical tests have...

Ukraine – Ukrainian Rabbis Seen As Powerful Foreigners.

January 2, 2008 at 02:03 PM
Ukraine- A Kiev weekly magazine cited two prominent Ukrainian rabbis among the most "powerful foreigners" in the country. Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich, one of the chief rabbis of Kiev and Ukraine, and Rabbi Shmuel Kaminetzky, the chief rabbi of the Dnepropetrovsk Jewish community and region, made the Russian-language weekly magazine Focus list of 15 “powerful foreigners.” The rabbis, who were...

Trenton, NJ – Medicaid Kids Rates Triple After Two-Decade Stagnation.

January 2, 2008 at 01:52 PM
Trenton, NJ - Doctors who care for poor children in New Jersey are getting their first increase in Medicaid rates in two decades, with reimbursements more than tripling. That should make it easier for poor families to find doctors and other health care providers willing to treat patients under age 21. For years, the very low reimbursement rates of the state-federal health program discouraged...

Brooklyn, NY +Bias Crime at Senior Center+

January 2, 2008 at 01:15 PM
Brooklyn, NY +Hate Crime at Senior Center+ NYPD Hate Crime Task Force are on the scene setting up a crime scene at 817 Avenue "H" and East 9th Street in regards to 3-foot-high swastika and racist remarks against Jews that were found at the corner building of the Brookdale Senior Center of Agudath Israel in the Midwood section of Brooklyn. Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn), who lives nearby...

New York, NY – NYC Has Lowest Rate Of Teen Smokers In U.S.

January 2, 2008 at 01:04 PM
New York, NY - Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas R. Frieden and Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan Mintz released new data today from the 2007 New York City Youth Risk Behavior Survey showing that cigarette smoking among New York City teens declined by 20% between 2005 and 2007. The City’s teen smoking rate has dropped by more than half over the past six years...

New York – Oil Pushes To $100 a Barrel.

January 2, 2008 at 12:37 PM
New York - Oil prices kicked off the first trading day of 2008 by hitting a new high of $100 a barrel Wednesday on violence in oil-rich Nigeria, the prospect of more interest rate cuts, a halt in Mexican imports and the expectation of yet another drop in U.S. crude supplies. [cnnfn...

London – Study: Cancer-Fighting Gene in Ashkenazi Jewish Women

January 2, 2008 at 11:21 AM
London - Jewish women of Eastern European descent who have ovarian cancer and carry certain genetic changes live longer than those without the mutations, according to a new study.Ashkenazi Jewish women who had changes in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes were 28 percent less likely to die from the disease over a follow-up period of up to nine years."It's possible that patients with these...

Borough Park, Brooklyn, NY +Working Fire+

January 2, 2008 at 10:41 AM
Borough Park, Brooklyn, NY +Working Fire+ Fire Department responding all hands to a working fire on the 2nd floor of a 4 story multiple dwelling at 1801 50th Street and 18th Avenue. U/D: 10:52 Fire is P/W/H, all searches are negative at this time...

London +Patients Moved From Burning Hospital+

January 2, 2008 at 09:50 AM
London - Patients are being evacuated from a world famous London hospital after a major fire broke out on the top floor of the building. The entire top floor of the Royal Marsden Hospital is ablaze, with smoke billowing into the air, visible from far away. There are numerous emergency personnel on the scene. The hospital is used by many frum jews, and many of the patients were taken to nearby...

Montreal, Canada – Canadian Editorial: Rabbis Should Rule on Jewish Divorce (Get), Not Secular Courts.

January 2, 2008 at 08:26 AM
Montreal, Canada - At a time when our increasingly multicultural country is having to pick its way through a minefield of conflicting secular and religious rights, the Supreme Court took a very wrong step last month. In a 7-2 decision Dec. 13, the high court ruled that courts have both the power and the obligation to adjudicate religious disputes. This melding of religious and civil law is not...

New York, NY – Is Mayor Bloomberg An Honest Politican?

January 2, 2008 at 07:44 AM
New York, NY - One of the first issues Mayor Bloomberg is going to have to reckon with if he goes public with the presidential campaign he has been nursing, is why he has decided to deny for so long that he was going to run. Mr. Bloomberg himself has been truculent, even abrasive, in denying his interest in the White House. The risk is particularly great given Mr. Bloomberg's history. He ran for...

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