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Providence, RI – Woman Appeals Ruling in Nazi Art Case

January 28, 2008 at 10:01 PM
Providence, RI - A lawyer for Providence woman, Maria-Luise Bissonnette, is appealing a court order forcing her to give the estate of a late Jewish art dealer a painting forcibly auctioned by the Nazis.In December, a federal judge ruled that Bissonnette must give back a 19th-century painting to the estate of Max Stern. Stern's family owned an art gallery in Germany, but Nazi authorities...

Albany, NY – Spitzer: We Reject Thruway Toll Increases

January 28, 2008 at 09:39 PM
Albany, NY - After just about every other politician has come out against toll increases on the state Thruway, Gov. Spitzer wass voicing his opposition today after the state comptroller's office yesterday called for no new toll increases. "Based on the findings of an audit issued by the comptroller's office, we reject any proposed toll increases. We support the Comptroller's...

New York, NY – OU Commends President Bush’s Grants for Kids Proposal

January 28, 2008 at 08:23 PM
New York, NY - The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (OU), praised president Bush for the "Pell Grants for Kids" proposal that would be unveiled in President Bush's State of the Union address.The proposal would provide federal grants to children in persistently failing public schools to attend a private school, whether secular or parochial, of their choice.Nathan J...

New York – Gov’t: Cold Meds Send 7,000 Children to Hospital ERs

January 28, 2008 at 07:55 PM
New York - Cough and cold medicines send about 7,000 children to hospital emergency rooms each year, the U.S. government said Monday in its first national estimate of the problem. About two-thirds of the cases were children who took the medicines unsupervised. However, about one-quarter involved cases in which parents gave the proper dosage and an allergic reaction or some other problem...

Brooklyn, NY – Is Inspector Vega Ignoring Hate Crimes in Crown Heights?

January 28, 2008 at 07:08 PM
Pinned Topic Jan. 28 2008 Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY - Tensions are high in Crown Heights, between the Jewish community leaders and the local NYPD brass over charges that there's been a spike in bias beatings of Jews and police are ignoring it."The Police Department has been downgrading racial instances in our community to robberies, rather than addressing the true origin of the...

New York, NY – LA Times: Rudy Giuliani Hints at Dropping Out

January 28, 2008 at 04:33 PM
New York, NY - Rudy Giuliani appears to be pondering an end to his long pursuit of the Republican presidential nomination. In a meeting in the back of his chartered plane en route to St. Petersburg, Fla., a short while ago, the onetime, longtime GOP front-runner told a small group of reporters, including The Times' Louise Roug: "The winner of Florida will win the nomination." That's an...

Berlin, Germany – Sacked Anti-Semitic Politician Killed in 12,000ft Parachute Plunge

January 28, 2008 at 04:04 PM
Berlin, Germany - A former vice-chancellor who was sacked three months ago by his party over offensive anti-Jewish remarks has apparently committed suicide by throwing off his parachute as he jumped 12,000ft from an airplane. Jürgen Möllemann's boarded a plane at Marl-Lohmühle near Gelsenkirchen hours after police raided his house in a long-running probe centred on...

New York – Editorial: Orthodox Jews Affinity For Wrongdoing, Are Anti-Semites.

January 28, 2008 at 03:11 PM
New York - Crime in a religious community is always going to be magnified since outsiders expect that its members should be above such things. And there are some darker, even Oedipal forces involved. For many Jews, the Orthodox represent the past, and their stubborn adherence to tradition is a rebuke to those who have abandoned it. Nothing expiates a secular person’s sense of guilt faster than...

Washington +Man Arrested For Threatening Pres. Bush+

January 28, 2008 at 02:17 PM
Washington - A person has been arrested for making threats against Pres. Bush and leaving a suspicious package near the west wing of the white house...

Tomsk, Russia – Siberian Community Marks First Chuppa

January 28, 2008 at 12:33 PM
Tomsk, Russia – For the first time in many decades and perhaps even a century, the Synagogue in Tomsk hosted a genuine Jewish Chuppa. Chief Rabbi of Tomsk Levi Kamenetsky conducted the wedding ceremony in strict accordance with Jewish laws. Despite outdoor temperatures of minus 25 below zero centigrade, newlyweds Bella and Yevgeny underwent this traditional rite in full merriment. It is no...

Washington – 3 US Workers Face Investigation Over Obama e-mail

January 28, 2008 at 12:26 PM
Washington - Three federal employees are being investigated for unlawful political activities after they allegedly sent an e-mail falsely accusing Barack Obama of being a "radical Muslim,". The US Office of Special Counsel - the independent federal agency responsible for enforcing a law banning civil service workers from engaging in political activism while performing their official duties - has...

Nizhny Novgorod, Russia – Perps Arrested after Vandalizing Synagogue

January 28, 2008 at 10:51 AM
Nizhny Novgorod, Russia - Three attackers, ice hockey fans, overran the security guard and vandalized a synagogue in Nizhny Novgorod."Three young men, aged 18-19, broke into the synagogue, tore down the table cloth and began throwing religious books out the windows. The unruly assailants overwhelmed the security guard and beat him up," the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia...

Middle East – Pictures of Frum Chaplain Raphael Berdugo

January 28, 2008 at 10:44 AM
Middle east - A few weeks ago, VIN News reported about the frum Air Force Chaplain, Rabbi Raphael Berdugo, being deployed to the Middle East. He is now in an Air Force Base in Southwest Asia, in the Persian Gulf, where he is stationed for the next four months. The following is a slideshow of images we have obtained from the Captain and his assistant, A1C Hyde, touring a c-17 Transport. ...

Naples, Italy – Rabbi Refuses to Meet Mayor

January 28, 2008 at 09:30 AM
Naples, Italy - The chief rabbi, Pierpaolo Pinhas Punturello, has snubbed the mayor, Rosa Russo Jervolino, by refusing to attend a city initiative to mark Holocaust Memorial Day today. In a letter, the religious leader of the Naples' Jewish community said he was not welcome at a function after comments made by the mayor, Jervolino, on the Middle East several months ago. "I will not...

New York, NY – Once Synagogues, Now Churches, and Ailing Quietly

January 28, 2008 at 08:15 AM
New York, NY - Throughout the city, houses of worship built in the last century for Jewish immigrants from Europe are now home to congregations with roots in Latin America, the Caribbean or the American South. The traces of past Jewish life in Brownsville, Brooklyn, are a little less evident at first glance. A half century has erased pretty much any clue that 375 Bristol Street used to be a...

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