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Boston, MA – Museum Files Lawsuit Over Disputed Painting

January 24, 2008 at 11:08 PM
Boston, MA - The Museum of Fine Arts has filed a federal lawsuit to retain ownership of a 1913 oil painting sold during the Nazi occupation of Austria.Attorneys for Claudia Seger-Thomschitz, an Austrian woman who claims she is the rightful owner of the Oskar Kokoschka's painting, say the painting was sold under duress in 1939 by Oskar Reichel, a Jewish physician who ran an art gallery in...

New Jersey – Rabbi Issues Warning Against Yeshiva Week Vacation in Florida

January 24, 2008 at 11:02 PM
Pinned News Jan. 24 2008 New Jersey - A local Orthodox rabbi has joined colleagues in warning about the high risk behaviors of some students who spend the so-called yeshiva week vacation in Florida. In advance of yeshiva week, Rabbi Eliezer Zwickler of Ahawas Achim B'nai Jacob and David in West Orange sent an e-mail to synagogue families urging them not to send their children to Florida...

Albany, NY – Gov. Spitzer Budget Includes Increased Mandated Services Aid for Yeshivos

January 24, 2008 at 07:54 PM
Albany, NY - Governor Eliot Spitzer's budget, unveiled on January 22, includes $54.9 million to cover reimbursement for funds expended by the state's nonpublic schools to comply with the requirements of the state's Comprehensive Attendance Policy (CAP) during the 2006-2007 school year. Under New York law, nonpublic schools are entitled to reimbursement for their costs in carrying out...

New York, NY – Head of U.N. To Visit NYC Shul.

January 24, 2008 at 07:01 PM
New York, NY - The president of the U.N. General Assembly will visit a New York synagogue. Srgjan Kerim, the former foreign minister of Macedonia, will be the featured speaker at the Park East Synagogue on Saturday. Also in attendance will be the foreign minister of Australia, Stephen Smith, and some 40 other ambassadors and diplomats. Kerim's appearance is timed to coincide with the...

New York – Deal Struck to Send Checks to Taxpayers

January 24, 2008 at 06:58 PM
New York - bipartisan deal Thursday on an economic stimulus package that would give $600 to more than $1,200 to most taxpayers in an effort to keep the economy from falling into recession. Most single taxpayers would get $600 and most two-wage households would get at least $1,200. The deal includes an additional amount of $300 per child. A total of 116 million taxpayers will receive checks of...

New Brunswick, NJ – Accused Vandals Sued Over Jewish Cemetery Destruction

January 24, 2008 at 05:58 PM
New Brunswick, NJ - A Rutherford resident whose parents' gravestones were desecrated in a New Brunswick Jewish cemetery this month has filed a lawsuit against the four teenagers charged with causing the damage to nearly 500 headstones.Mark Elfant is a member of Congregation Poile Zedek with familial ties to the congregation dating to the 1800s. Gerald Gordon, Elfant's lawyer, said he is...

Kiryas Joel, NY – Rep. John Hall Confronts Questions About KJ Grant Money

January 24, 2008 at 05:44 PM
Kiryas Joel, NY - Rep. John Hall answered questions about national tax rebates, improved benefits for veterans and a new energy policy. But it was a question about $521,700 earmarked for the Hasidic Village of Kiryas Joel that got the most attention at a Town Hall meeting today in Woodbury. Hall, D-Dover Plains, had been instrumental in securing the funding, part of a $516 billion...

Regina, Canada – Man Charged With Promoting Hatred

January 24, 2008 at 05:25 PM
Regina, Canada - Regina man is facing a charge of promoting hatred. Terrence Cecil Tremaine, 59, is charged after police received a complaint 18 months ago about a suspect allegedly using the internet to promote hatred. Police will not say what the group mentioned was, but court documents say it was the Jewish community. Police say it was a fairly extensive investigation, involving the...

Borough Park, Brooklyn, NY +Home Invasion Robbery+

January 24, 2008 at 04:37 PM
Borough Park, Brooklyn, NY +Home Invasion Robbery+ NYPD of the 66th Pct are calling for a level one mobilization for a home invasion robbery with the perps hitting the victim in the head with a metal object at 1109 37th Street and Fort Hamilton Parkway. NYPD Of the 66th Pct, Aviation and Boro Park Shomrim Patrol are on the lookout for a red Ford Explorer occupied by an Hispanic female driver and...

Israel – Terror Attacks Inside Yeshiva of Kfar Etzion

January 24, 2008 at 04:21 PM
Israel - Arab terrorists, who were released by Israel just last week, came to Kfar Etzion Thursday night, entering Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz's Mekor Chayim Yeshiva and stabbing three people in the yeshivas library, before being shot dead. At the same time, the Beit Medrash -- adjacent to the library -- was packed with students taking part in the weekly Thursday night "mishmar". Two of...

Beach Cities, CA – Chabad on a Mission to Search for Snow

January 24, 2008 at 04:03 PM
Beach Cities, CA - A sacred mission turned into a huge headache for members of Chabad of the Beach Cities, who trekked to the hills in search of snow - and then got stuck in it.The synagogue members left at 4:30 a.m. for the hills east of Bakersfield to find snow they needed for a new mikvah they're building. The group set off to stuff 300 bags with snow, in order to fill the 150-gallon tank...

Toco Hills, Atlanta GA – Shul Robbed at Gunpoint

January 24, 2008 at 02:37 PM
Toco Hills, Atlanta GA - A community was on alert Wednesday night after an armed robbery at a DeKalb County synagogue. Around 9:00 Monday, two men walked into the Young Israel Synagogue in the Toco Hills area of DeKalb County and robbed two people as they studied inside. The robbery prompted area home owner's associations and other area synagogues to send out a crime alert email. According to...

Florence, AZ – Court: Muslim Inmate’s Suit to Obtain Kosher Meal Can Proceed

January 24, 2008 at 02:23 PM
Florence, AZ - A Muslim prison inmate's suit alleging that the Arizona Department of Corrections violated his civil rights when it refused his request for kosher meals can proceed, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled. Amin Rahman Shakur, an inmate of a correctional facility, sued the department alleging that its practice of providing only vegetarian meals to Muslims—while...

Brooklyn, NY – New York Water Taxi Ending Service To South Brooklyn

January 24, 2008 at 01:51 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Water Taxi riders who travel from Sunset Park and Red Hook to Wall Street may have to find another way to get there. The company says it is suspending service beginning February 1. This change comes just a month after the East River route between Williamsburg and DUMBO to Wall Street and Midtown was suspended. Company officials say fuel prices are up and ridership is down as it...

Passaic, NJ – Some City Residents Angry at Council Members for Not Showing Up at Meeting to Fill New Seat

January 24, 2008 at 12:01 PM
Passaic, NJ - The City Council will try again next week to fill a vacancy left by the resignation of a disgraced councilman Marcellus Jackson, who resigned in December after pleading guilty to a federal corruption charge. The council had put the appointment of Terrence Love, on the agenda for Tuesday's regularly scheduled meeting, but the absence of three council members forced the meeting...

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