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Israel – Haredi Version of American Idol for Ultra-Orthodox Jews

June 2, 2008 at 09:34 PM
Israel - A leading figure in the religious pop music scene has launched a strictly ultra-Orthodox version of American Idol, to be known as A Haredi Star is Born, modeled after the Israeli version of American Idol, Kochav Nolad. Haredi pop music promoter Menahem Toker has already held auditions for hundreds of hopefuls and has narrowed the contestants down to a handful. And has been offering...

Pittsburgh, PA – Supreme Court Denies Appeal in Rabbinical Student Murder

June 2, 2008 at 09:08 PM
Pittsburgh, PA - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has denied the appeal of a Pittsburgh-area man convicted in the murder of a Canadian rabbinical student 22 years ago. Steven Tielsch of Penn Hills was convicted in 2002 of third-degree murder at his fourth trial in the April 1986 slaying of 25-year-old Neal Rosenblum of Toronto. Three earlier juries had deadlocked. In appealing the conviction...

New York City – Family Miraculously Saved From Fatal Crane Collapse

June 2, 2008 at 06:14 PM
New York City - As New York City’s government pieces together exactly what led to the fatal collapse of an Upper East Side crane, a neighborhood Jewish congregation termed the survival of members whose building was struck by the machine as nothing short of a miracle. “Two of our families were miraculously saved,” said Rabbi Uriel Vigler, co-director of the Chabad Israel Center, which...

New York – Haaretz Report Israel.com Domain Sold For $5.88 Million Erroneous

June 2, 2008 at 05:39 PM
New York - A number of erroneous reports hit the news-wire this morning that Israel.com sold for $5.88 million. A Moniker.com spokesperson told VIN News that these reports were incorrect and the domain name is still for sale. According to the spokesperson the rumors started when a publication, perhaps Haaretz, saw the reserve price in the Moniker auction as closed and assumed that was a...

Mahwah, NJ – Shortline Bus Strike Ends

June 2, 2008 at 04:55 PM
Mahwah, NJ - Shortline Bus Company today announced that its week-long strike by bus drivers and other employees is over. All buses will be back in service as of Wednesday, June 4 at 3 a.m. Bus drivers, mechanics and ticket agents, members of Local 225 of the Transport workers Union, overwhelming approved a new agreement with the bus company. They had been on strike since Friday, May 23...

Los Angeles, CA – Prominent Class-Action Lawyer Gets 30 Months Jail Time

June 2, 2008 at 04:03 PM
Los Angeles, CA - Melvyn I. Weiss, the prominent class-action lawyer, was sentenced on Monday to 30 months in prison by a federal district judge in Los Angeles for his role in concealing illegal kickbacks to plaintiffs. He was also ordered to pay $9.7 million in forfeitures and $250,000 in fines. The sentencing nearly concludes an investigation that began some seven years ago of tactics...

Washington – McCain: Never Again Not Just A Slogan, I’m committed To Israel As Never Before

June 2, 2008 at 03:21 PM
Washington - Presumptive Republican nominee John McCain said Monday the United States must increase support for Israel while encouraging the world to remove investments from Iran, which he labelled as the biggest threat to the Jewish state. "The threats to Israel's security are large and growing, and America's commitment must grow as well," McCain told a pro-Israel lobbying group in Washington...

Berlin, Germany – Hitler Wax Figure Sparks Controversy

June 2, 2008 at 02:27 PM
Berlin, Germany - Plans to include an Adolf Hitler figure in the new Berlin branch of Madame Tussauds wax museum are being condemned by critics who say displaying the dictator is tasteless and could attract neo-Nazis. Madame Tussauds, which is due to open its Berlin museum next month, argues Hitler is part of German history and deserves a place in the exhibition near the Brandenburg...

Brooklyn, NY – David Greenfield Recognized As Innovator Retooling Jewish Education

June 2, 2008 at 02:04 PM
Brooklyn, NY - People often complain about skyrocketing yeshiva and day school tuitions, but David Greenfield is among the select few actively searching for solutions. From his perch as executive vice president at the Sephardic Community Federation, Greenfield helped found TEACH-NYS (teachnys.org, a state-wide coalition that brings educators, business people, rabbis, Catholic bishops and...

Newark, NJ – Courtroom Weeps As Muslim Leader Claims Torture By Israelis

June 2, 2008 at 02:00 PM
Newark, NJ - New Jersey Muslim leader facing deportation asked that his children be removed from the courtroom today before he broke into tears while describing graphic torture he said he was subjected to in Israeli detention. The issue of torture is at the heart of the deportation proceedings against Mohammad Qatanani, a Palestinian who has been the mosque leader of the Islamic Center of...

New York – Cigarette Tax to Go Up Tomorrow

June 2, 2008 at 12:57 PM
New York - Lighting up will soon burn a bigger hole in some New Yorkers' pockets. The state cigarette tax is going up on tomorrow from a $1.50 to $2.75 a pack, making the state's cigarette tax the highest in the nation. Combined with the city's $1.50 tax on cigarettes, the price of the average pack will be pushed to more than $8. State officials say cigarette tax revenues will generate...

New York City – Tens Of Thousands Attended Salute to Israel Parade

June 2, 2008 at 12:38 PM
New York City - New York and Washington are dancing the ‘Hora.’ Thousands of people celebrated Israel’s 60 years of independence on Capitol Hill and Fifth Avenue on Sunday. Many participants showed their solidartiy by carrying the Israeli flag. The celebrators enjoyed live Israeli music, Hora dancing and Israeli cuisine. Other attractions aimed at making the crowd feel as if they were...

Williamsburg, NY – City Breaks Park Pledge

June 2, 2008 at 10:48 AM
Williamsburg, NY - Residents of northern Brooklyn say the city owes them a lot of green - about 50 acres worth. Three years ago, city officials promised to deliver Greenpoint and Williamsburg residents the new parkland while pushing through a controversial rezoning plan to bring high-rise housing to their waterfront. But today, while much of an anticipated 10,000 units of new condos and...

New York – Analysts: Drudge Report Too Powerful, Will Make Or Break McCain

June 2, 2008 at 10:40 AM
New York - The Drudge Report is no ordinary compendium of news stories. It is a heavily trafficked gateway to all corners of the Internet, a portal composed of links largely to breaking news from traditional media like The New York Times (as well as newer entrants like Politico). Most of the content is without any obvious ideological attachment. But operatives of both parties have long believed...

Borough Park, NY – Maimonides Hospital Needs A Management Shake Up. Video By Rabbi Levin

June 2, 2008 at 09:36 AM
Borough Park, NY - Maimonides Hospital in Borough Park, Brooklyn has a long, distinguished and unique record of service to its community. Founded in the early part of this past century, it quickly became a neighborhood institution. And, as America changed, the hospital not only changed with it, but perhaps even led the way. Today, Maimonides may very well be the United States' most...

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